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The Firemen's Museum
408 Hancock St.
New Bern, NC 28560

(252) 636-4087

The New Bern Fire Department is one of the oldest in the country, still operating under its original 1845 charter as the Atlantic Hook and Ladder Company. The New Museum next door houses steam pumpers and an extensive collection of other early fire-fighting equipment, most of which has been in service in New Bern. Also on exhibit are rare photographs, Civil War relics and even the mounted head of Fred, the faithful old fire horse. Fred, according to legend, died with his boots on, answering what turned out to be a false alarm. Additions from the original collection for which there was no room in the old building are now on display as well. The museum is open year-round Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for students. Children younger than 6 are admitted free of charge.

 

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