Middleburg/Mason-Dixon
Line Historical Society
Upcoming Events


September 21, 2017  7:00

The History of firefighting in Washington County, MD

A brief synopsis: Since the 19th Century, the Hagerstown Fire Department has consisted of six different fire companies. In about 1895, the Hagerstown Fire Department began the transition from an all volunteer force to a combined volunteer/career force. Justin Mayhew will bring the images of firefighting from 1791 to the present including the advances made to the equipment and the training of firefighters. Most of all, he will tell the stories of the Hagerstown Fire Fighters who have always faced challenges with courage.

Justin's Bio: Steve is a retired Battalion chief of the Hagerstown Fire Department and Captain of the Longmeadow Fire Company. He is serving as a docent at the Fire Museum in Hagerstown, MD. He has published two books on the history of firefighting in the area. Justin is also known for his love of the Civil War period of history. He is a member of the Hagerstown Civil War Roundtable and has served as their president for three years. He is also the author of five books dealing with the Civil War, a book reviewer, and a lecturer on the Civil War. 

All are welcome to our free presentations. Come and enjoy the evening with friends and great snacks.