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Somerville in Somerset County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fireman's Museum

 
 
Fireman's Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
1. Fireman's Museum Marker
Inscription. Somerville relies upon volunteers to staff its Fire Department. The first volunteer fire company organized in 1835. Since then, three more companies have formed, all manned by volunteers.

This building was constructed in 1888 for the West End Hose Company to meet the needs of residents on the west side of town. The new brick building replaced a wooden shed which had housed the hand-drawn fire fighting apparatus of Union Fire Co. No. 1 (1852-1878). Some of the bricks used in the construction were acquired when Daniel Robert demolished the "castle" on the site now occupied by Borough Hall. in addition to hand drawn fire apparatus, the building was home to the borough's first horse-drawn truck (1888) and Macky, the horse purchased to pull the single harness rig. Later in 1916, the first motorized apparatus was purchased for West End Hose Company.

In 1970, West End Hose Company relocated to High Street. The original firehouse was dedicated as a museum to all of the men who have served in the Somerville Fire Department.
 
Erected 1970 by Somerset County Historic Trust.
 
Location. 40° 34.233′ N, 74° 37.067′ W. Marker is in Somerville, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker is on N Doughty Ave near
West End Hose Company No. 3 Firehouse (upper left of fire house doors) image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. West End Hose Company No. 3 Firehouse (upper left of fire house doors)
Somerville Volunteer Fire Department

Constructed: 1888 • Architect: Jacques Vanderbeck
Listed on
The New Jersey and National Registers
of Historic Places, 2002.
Exterior restoration of this Victorian-style fire house has been made possible in part by the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund, administered by the New Jersey Historic Trust/State of New Jersey, and the Somerset County historic Preservation Grant Program.
West Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Somerville NJ 08876, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Armed Forces Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Somerville Borough Hall (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Furman Frederick Kugler (about 700 feet away); Ruth St. Denis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of St. Thomas A.M.E. Zion Parsonage (approx. ¼ mile away); Former Public Library (approx. ¼ mile away); Former Second National Bank (approx. 0.4 miles away); Somerset County 9/11 Memorial and Clock Tower (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Somerville.
 
Regarding Fireman's Museum. The Fireman's Museum, located on N. Doughty Street in a vintage Victorian-era firehouse, is owned by the Borough and operated by members of Somerville' Exempt Firemen’s Association, retired members of Somerville volunteer fire department. The mission of the museum is to preserve the history of the local department, its records and accomplishments, and to archive memorabilia and house the Borough’s antique fire-fighting equipment. The museum also is serves to educate children and the public about fire prevention. Full exterior restoration was completed with grants from the NJ State
Primary marker is on the lower left of the old fire house doors image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
3. Primary marker is on the lower left of the old fire house doors
Historic Trust and from Somerset County Historic Trust.
 
Also see . . .  Somerville Fire Department Museum. Includes pictures taken inside the museum, as well as a link about Somerville Fire Department History. (Submitted on April 22, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
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Museum Plaque image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
4. Museum Plaque
Located on the right side of the fire house doors. The Fireman's Museum is operated by members of Somerville's Exempt Firemen’s Association, made up principally by retired members of the local volunteer fire department.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,062 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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