Welcome to The Fire Museum, the home of the Connecticut Firemen's Historical Society, located adjacent to the renovated red-brick mill buildings of the Cheney National Historic and Landmark District in Manchester, CT.
The Museum is housed in a 1901 wooden firehouse, originally built by the Manchester volunteer firemen with funds donated by the Cheney Family, world renowned manufacturers of fine silk fabrics.
A wide variety of Connecticut collectibles and eleven pieces of apparatus are on display throughout our historic building.
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This year, two enthusuastic groups of Connecticut Fire Academy Cadets toured the museum. These cadets are part of the Introduction to the Fire Service class that the CFA holds each year. Hosting them is always a highlight of the season.
Society member Kevin McKeon held a book signing for his latest book, The Connecticut Fire Service Experience Volume 3. Kevin also donated this most recent volume to be sold at the museum store and all proceeds go to directly back into the museum.
The 2023 exhibit in the Connecticut room was a display of photos of local Connecticut firemen, fire houses, and fire apparatus. Also on display was an assortment of badges representing some of the departments.
The family of the late Andrew Flanagan, a past Chief of Training with the New Haven Fire Department, visited the museum and brought along out of state family members as well. They recently donated to the museum an early Hartford Fire Department helmet and a chief engineer's frontpiece. Their generosity is greatly appreciated and adds to the wide assortment of Connecticut artifacts in our collection.
CFHS Board Member Jim Brown made the climb to the top of the hose tower to ready the green lights for the St Patrick's Day celebration. Jim rotates different colored lights depending on the holiday.
We are constantly thinking of ways to improve our exhibits here at the museum. CFHS Board Member Jim Brown also took on the challenge and made custom lantern holders for each of our lanterns. Each one now sits safely on its own wall mounted shelf on the first floor display area.