Bare Cove Fire Museum

Bare Cove Fire Museum Since 1974, this nonprofit educational institution has been dedicated to the history of firefighting in New England and specifically, Hingham.
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This is the day after the January 16th Sprague Block Fire in Hingham. Across the corner from the Sprague Block in 1862 t...
01/16/2020

This is the day after the January 16th Sprague Block Fire in Hingham. Across the corner from the Sprague Block in 1862 the Southworth Building, where Winston’s Flowers is now, burned to the ground. In 1913 the building to the left of the Sprague burned and produced such heavy smoke that the inhabitants were overcome. In 1988 The Sprague Building itself was burned out also producing heavy smoke. In all three fires, hard work by residents and the firefighters prevented fire from consuming the whole downtown. Val S. Duff took this picture of the Sprague Block Sunday, January 17, 1988, the day after the fire which drove fourteen businesses to find new locations to operate until the building was repaired. The cause of the fire was never determined. It is interesting to note that in 1913, Dr. Duff, DDM (Val's father) was overcome by smoke and in 1988 (Val's son) Mark Duff (Fire Captain at the time) was also overcome by smoke. Text by Geri Duff.

1891 Torrent Hose 2. The Torrent Engine’s first house was once a school house on South Street across from Lafayette Aven...
01/09/2020

1891 Torrent Hose 2. The Torrent Engine’s first house was once a school house on South Street across from Lafayette Avenue, and probably in a part of the building so long occupied by McKee's Express. In 1847 the town built a new house at “Torrent Crossing” between North and South Streets. This building was later moved in 1947 to 130 Central Street where is exists today as a private residence. In 1891 this Abbot and Downing hose wagon joined the Torrent engine to carry supplies and 1,050 feet of hose needed to access the new fire hydrants being installed. Take a close look at the little statue of a firefighter at the top of the engine house sign. It is still owned by the Hingham Fire department and its photo is in the book “Bucket Town Woodenware and Wooden Toys of Hingham, Massachusetts” by Derin Bray. Also in the book is this photo from the archives of the Bare Cove Fire Museum. Story told here by Geri Duff

1865 Rope Works aftermath. Where Hingham Town Hall stands today on Central Street was The Hingham Cordage Company starte...
12/26/2019

1865 Rope Works aftermath. Where Hingham Town Hall stands today on Central Street was The Hingham Cordage Company started by the Fearing and Whiton families. In 1865 fire started in the 1,000 foot rope walk, spreading to the store house which contained a large supply of Manilla hemp. The brick building containing the spinning engine and most of the machinery was partially burned. As it fought the fire, the 1852 Howard and Davis hand tub, Extinguisher Engine 1, drew water from the stream on Central Street. The next day, after the fire, fish were found in the fire engine that were pulled in with the water. The Head House is all that remains of this complex today. The photo is from the Bare Cove Fire Museum and the text is by Geri Duff.

Constitution Fire House in Hingham. This was a very popular photograph after 1846. There are nine men in the photo and t...
12/21/2019

Constitution Fire House in Hingham. This was a very popular photograph after 1846. There are nine men in the photo and there may be at least nine copies out and about. I suspect this view may have been taken after an election of members to the Constitution Fire Company No. 3. The Constitution Fire House was built across from Mill Lane on Main Street specifically for the Hunneman brand fire engine that replaced the 1805 Thayer brand fire engine that had been kept in a shed at the Glad Tidings Church. (Both engines were named Constitution.) In the Hingham Historical Society Archives the photo was used on a stereopticon card by E.A. Bass of Rockland Mass. They have an original print as well. It was used by Shilhan in the ’When I think of Hingham’ book. This is one of The Bare Cove Fire Museum’s original prints.

Our volunteers have been hard at work getting ready for Sunday’s event. We hope to see you there!
12/05/2019

Our volunteers have been hard at work getting ready for Sunday’s event. We hope to see you there!

12/03/2019

Today is Giving Tuesday. Please consider a donation to our museum to fun our ongoing restorations. The Bare Cove Fire Museum is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and any donation you make is tax deductible. (https://tinyurl.com/tw55lbf).

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Boston Fire Museum
11/29/2019

Boston Fire Museum

78 years ago this evening, November 28, 1942, the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston was the scene of the deadliest nightclub fire in the history of the United States. 492 were killed in a fire that shocked the nation.

The following is information on the tragedy prepared by Boston Fire Department District Chief John Vahey. The report was prepared in 1982. Chief Vahey prepared the report for a talk he was giving on the tragedy.

Seagrave Welcoming Celebration. At a special Town Meeting in 1940 the citizens of Hingham voted to purchase a Seagrave f...
11/27/2019

Seagrave Welcoming Celebration. At a special Town Meeting in 1940 the citizens of Hingham voted to purchase a Seagrave fire truck for South Hingham. It was delivered two months later on August 23rd. The next day the entire town was invited to attend the Inspection and Underwriters acceptance tests at Engine 4’s Headquarters and Cushing’s Pond. Refreshments were served at the firehouse which was across from Mill Lane on Main Street. The firehouse was torn down after Engine 4 and Hose 4 moved into the Constitution Station in 1942. The photo is from the Bare Cove Fire Museum and the text is by Geri Duff.

The Firefighter's Thanksgiving.
11/25/2019

The Firefighter's Thanksgiving.

‪Today Lt. DiNapoli was asked to be a special guest reader for the Kindergarten classes at Plymouth River Elementary. Today’s book was “The Firefighters’ Thanksgiving” Hingham Public Schools Plymouth River School

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute
11/25/2019

UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute

Make sure to catch Good Morning America’s 7:00 a.m. segment tomorrow morning for a LIVE fire demonstration with the UL FSRI team showing the importance of having working smoke alarms, closed bedroom doors before bed, and a fire escape plan.

#CloseBeforeYouDoze #SmokeAlarmsSaveLives

Always fun to share the history of firefighting at the museum.
11/14/2019

Always fun to share the history of firefighting at the museum.

26 square miles and four amazing (if we do say so ourselves!) museums explored with Ms. O’C’s WWII classes from Hingham High School. GAR Hall on Main St. followed by Bare Cove Fire Museum and the Green Dock Museum in Bare Cove Park and ending at the Hingham Heritage Museum. Hats off to Scott McMillan, Steve Gill, Don Lincoln, Geri Duff, Ms O’C for including us and to the Class of 2020 for making it all worthwhile.

Worcester Fire Department
11/13/2019

Worcester Fire Department

It is with a very heavy heart that Chief Michael Lavoie, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Mayor Petty announce the devastating loss of Lt. Jason Menard, a member of the WFD since 2010 assigned to Ladder 5, Group 2 at McKeon Road Fire Station. Lt. Menard succumbed to his injuries battling a 4 alarm fire on Stockholm Street this morning, Wednesday, November 13. He leaves behind his wife Tina, 3 children & parents. It is an extremely difficult day for the Worcester Fire Department. Lt. Menard and his crew acted selflessly and heroically. Please keep the family of Lt. Menard, his friends and crew in your thoughts and prayers.

11/11/2019

We proudly express our gratitude to all veterans and their service to our country.

More of the Griffin crew working hard in the cold!  What are you up to today?
11/10/2019

More of the Griffin crew working hard in the cold! What are you up to today?

10/21/2019

We have just over 900 likes...I wonder when we'll make 1000 (hint, hint, if you haven't liked us yet....)

Three generations of Griffins working towards paint. Let us know what you can help us with.  There are projects for ever...
10/07/2019

Three generations of Griffins working towards paint. Let us know what you can help us with. There are projects for everyone!

As we head into Fire Prevention Week on Sunday,make sure your family knows what to do in case of a house fire.
10/02/2019

As we head into Fire Prevention Week on Sunday,make sure your family knows what to do in case of a house fire.

Here's a fun #FirePreventionWeek activity sheet your kids can complete to "Show what you know about fire safety" https://bit.ly/2oxFvAA

Come on down  to say hi.   Work continues!  We will be here all morning.
09/22/2019

Come on down to say hi. Work continues! We will be here all morning.

Bare Cove Fire Museum
09/17/2019

Bare Cove Fire Museum

Looking forward to Comedian night this Saturday, we will have tickets sold at the door. 365 Things to do South Shore MA See you there!

Looking forward to Comedian night this Saturday, we will have tickets sold at the door. 365 Things to do South Shore MA ...
09/17/2019

Looking forward to Comedian night this Saturday, we will have tickets sold at the door. 365 Things to do South Shore MA See you there!

Hingham Firefighters  Local 2398
09/12/2019

Hingham Firefighters Local 2398

It’s that time of year again, and a cause very dear to the heart of many of our members. Show your support by purchasing any of the posted apparel and 100% of the proceeds are donated to the South Shore Health Cancer Transition Fund. Please contact 2398 member Nick Beauchaine (contact info on the flyer) to purchase. Thank you for all of your continued support!!

Thank you for taking the time for a cool photo!   We hope you like your new truck as much as we like ours!!
08/26/2019

Thank you for taking the time for a cool photo! We hope you like your new truck as much as we like ours!!

What a blast from the past! Hingham new 2018 Pierce Quint-1 posing for this awesome photo-op courtesy of the Bare Cove Fire Museum with Hinghams first ever motorized Ladder truck, purchased in 1922. What a difference in almost a century!

What a productive night at the museum last night.  We had a few teams working on several projects.  They were digging a ...
08/15/2019

What a productive night at the museum last night. We had a few teams working on several projects. They were digging a hole to install the bricks and scraping the carbon off the motor on Engine 4. While the other team was getting the bunny wagon off of the blocks after a very well done brake job. The Bunny Wagon is now mobile and has brakes!!

First due to a still at the Hingham Shipyard.
08/07/2019

First due to a still at the Hingham Shipyard.

08/06/2019

Members: please let Justin know if you are interested in joining us this Wednesday at 6:00PM for some "Outside Marketing" of our Comedian Night event. Thank you-Justin 617-293-2453 [email protected] The Museum will most likely be closed on Wednesday evening.

08/01/2019
Hingham Historical Society

Hingham Historical Society

Are you smarter than a 5th grader? Not if you haven't taken in Hingham Heritage Museum's inaugural exhibit Boxes, Buckets & Toys: The Craftsmen of Hingham. 5th graders from Hingham enjoyed the exhibit this past Spring. What are you waiting for? Join us Friday or on Saturday during Hingham Museum Day. 11AM - 3PM Free Admission. Donations Welcome. Video: John Rice| Above the Line

07/30/2019

Open House this weekend 9 to 12! 365 Things to do South Shore MAMacaroni Kid South Shore Boston It will be a hot weekend but we are mostly inside!

Bare Cove Fire Museum
07/20/2019

Bare Cove Fire Museum

Bare Cove Fire Museum's cover photo
07/20/2019

Bare Cove Fire Museum's cover photo

The Precedent will be at the Hingham Heritage Museum AKA Old Derby Thru October of 2019. For more firefighting history, ...
07/09/2019
The “Precedent” and the Birth of Fire Fighting in Hingham

The Precedent will be at the Hingham Heritage Museum AKA Old Derby Thru October of 2019. For more firefighting history, stop by the Bare Cove Fire Museum any Wednesday night from 7-9 for a free visit. Can't make it then? We will be having an open house Saturday, August 3rd from 9-12.

In 1802, the Town of Hingham authorized the construction of firehouses at Little Plain (Hingham Centre) and Broad Bridge (Hingham Square), although the responsibility to acquire the fire engines th…

07/01/2019

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Robert Stella

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06/19/2019
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Radio Field Day is a national demonstration of Amateur Radio Stations operating under emergency conditions in the field....
06/18/2019

Radio Field Day is a national demonstration of Amateur Radio Stations operating under emergency conditions in the field. Stations are set up with portable antenna towers, transmitters, receivers, computers, power generators and everything needed by amateur radios operators to communicate around the world or across the country. voice, satellite, DMR will be used.
The public is invited to view the event at the Bare Cove Fire Museum, 45 Bare Cove Park Drive, Hingham, MA on Saturday from 2 to 8 PM and Sunday from 10 to 2 PM and it is free.

Welcome to the new firefighters in Scituate, MA
05/12/2019

Welcome to the new firefighters in Scituate, MA

Please welcome Scituate Fires newest recruits! Recruit firefighters Joshua Gray, Aaron Mass, Ryan DeLosh and Jordan Sargent. All four are paramedics and will be training on Rescue 1 (ambulance) until they start at the Massachusetts firefighting academy. Welcome to the best job in the world gentlemen and welcome to Scituate!

Wondering what we are up to next? take a look.....
05/06/2019

Wondering what we are up to next? take a look.....

Great night with Box 52 Association at Westwood Fire.  Saw this gem sitting in the new station! -Justin
04/27/2019

Great night with Box 52 Association at Westwood Fire. Saw this gem sitting in the new station! -Justin

04/18/2019
Bare Cove Fire Museum Open House, Spring 2019

This 7 minute video of our Spring Open House is a series of still photos that highlight our engines. Thank you Trukluver for these views.

The Bare Cove Fire Museum held an open house on Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Hingham, Massachusetts. This video features a 1935 Ahrens-Fox pumper.

June Barn Sale Time!  Donations will be accepted any Wednesday night 7:00 or after.  Wednesdays in May will be member wo...
04/11/2019

June Barn Sale Time! Donations will be accepted any Wednesday night 7:00 or after. Wednesdays in May will be member work nights in the Barn! Also take note of the shortened barn sale hours! I look forward to seeing everyone there!!

1940 Seagrave 65' junior aerial ladder
04/07/2019

1940 Seagrave 65' junior aerial ladder

Was a really fun day!
03/27/2019

Was a really fun day!

This Sunday, Hingham's 1977 Hendrickson/Farrar will make an appearance at the Weymouth Irish Heritage Day parade.  This ...
03/21/2019

This Sunday, Hingham's 1977 Hendrickson/Farrar will make an appearance at the Weymouth Irish Heritage Day parade. This picture posted is from it first 4th of July Parade courtesy of Kevin Lincoln

Address

45 Bare Cove Park Dr
Hingham, MA
02043

Greenbush line to West Hingham Station: http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/stations/?stopId=25672

Opening Hours

Wednesday 19:00 - 21:00

Telephone

(781) 749-0028

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Since 1974, this nonprofit educational institution has been dedicated to the preservation and presentation of firefighting history as it occurred in the town of Hingham, Massachusetts.

This remarkably complete record of one community's past offers a very special opportunity to learn how firefighting developed in cities and towns like Hingham, all across America.

Find our more on how you can be involved. https://barecovefiremuseum.org/

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We missed a payment and Engine 4 got repossessed.
Engine 4 at the Randolph Parade
Ladder 1 at the Randolph Parade.
Last nights visitor.
Found an interesting article on Wisconsin Engines. The VAU engines in the 22 and 24 Maxims were rated at 32.4hp.
The museum is shoveled and salted. The lot is still a little slick but not too bad. The road to the other building is a skating rink still.
Got the chemical cart outside today.
Thank you to Renaissance Leather for the outstanding work on these two nozzles.
If you'd like to pump a handtub, come up to Salem tomorrow! https://www.facebook.com/handtubmusters/videos/10156042567027535/