09/16/11 268 W, 1 I - + 5 - 5 Vintage Postcard of Washington Fire Department

Found for sale on eBay, here's a vintage image of the Washington Fire Department in Beaufort County. Probably dates to the turn of last century. Apparatus shown left to right includes a hand-drawn hose reel, a hand- or horse-drawn ladder truck, a horse-drawn hose wagon, a hose-drawn steam engine, and another horse-drawn wagon.

The steamer is a fifth-size 1888 Silsby, first operated by the Ocean Steam Fire Engine Company. Read more steamer history. The fire station is the old town hall at 122 N. Market Street, built in 1884 and closed as a fire station in 1924. Read more building history.

The Washington Fire Department is one of the oldest in the state. Read more department history. Click to enlarge:

Around the time or era of this photo, Sanborn Insurance Maps of September 1901 described the fire department as follows:

The building now houses the BHM (Beaufort-Hyde-Martin) Regional Library. Beside it is buried a time capsule. The “new” city hall is kitty-corner across Market and 2nd Streets.
Duda (Email) - 09/16/11 - 11:29

I rescind that last comment. I was thinking further north. The building in questions is actually the DeMille Bldg., named for Cecil B. DeMille. As far as I know, it’s currently empty. I always wondered what that building was originally. Thanks for the history lesson.
Duda (Email) - 09/16/11 - 11:35

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