The Town of Hartford is celebrating our community’s historic buildings and sites. Starting on April 6th and in conjunction with White River Junction’s First Friday event, we will literally be shining a light on history. Select historic buildings throughout Hartford will be lit up at nighttime to highlight their special character and unique beauty. Our first stop is the former Fire District No. 1 Station located at 58 Bridge Street, now home to the Main Street Museum.
The No. 1 Station was constructed in 1893 with bays for horse-drawn fire equipment, and a tower for drying hoses, and served a two-square mile fire district—the first in White River Junction. It was raised four feet in 1913 to accommodate a new iron bridge across the White River. In 1919, the height of the building was increased to add a second-story tenement for the Fire Chief Hutchinson, his wife and daughter. The Station remained a firehouse until 1978 when the new station was built. The Main Street Museum purchased the building in 2003, renovating it for artist studios, a library and a museum space.
Want more information about historic downtown White River Jct? Click here to see a brochure produced by the Hartford Preservation Commission.