Any discussion of Historic Vienna, Inc. and the Freeman Store and Museum eventually leads back to our special association with the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Leon Freeman, owner and operator of the Freeman Store, founded the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department, Fairfax’s first, in 1903. The department’s original chemical pumper, once kept under a porch at the Freeman Store, can still be seen at the VVFD’s headquarters on Center Street, and a plaque commemorating Mr. Freeman’s role is installed at the side entrance to the Freeman Store.
This proud history and special relationship is celebrated with our 2012 Rachel A. Peden hand-painted ornament: The 1946 antique fire engine belonging to the VVFD. Vienna residents are familiar with the charming and unique apparatus, as it appears in parades and other special events and is always met with smiles. Our ornament has moveable wheels, a hose rack on top and “Vienna V.F.D. No. 7” hand-painted on the side.
The Antique Fire Truck will be priced at $19.50, joining the popular series of Vienna buildings and the Red Caboose in our series. All are available exclusively at the Freeman Store. The ornament is available now!