Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
Sarah Zane Volunteer Fire Company Collection, 440 WFCHS
SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains two brief histories of the
Sarah Zane Fire Company, news clippings, and several items relating to the fire
company such as ribbons and medallions.
(1 box) Last updated 12/11.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: The Sarah Zane Fire Company, the oldest fire company in the history of Winchester, was founded in 1840 and named for it first benefactor Sarah Zane. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA Sarah was the sister of Isaac Zane Jr. Although from Philadelphia, Sarah Zane spent a great deal of her life as a resident of Winchester, VA managing Isaac’s estate in the area after his death. She died in 1821 and in her will left Winchester the money to buy a fire engine and hose. The Sarah Zane Fire Company, which was located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Fairfax Lane and North Loudoun St. ceased operations in the 1980s.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Taken from the collection.
CITE AS: Sarah Zane Volunteer Fire Company #440WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.
History - history of the Sarah Zane Volunteer Fire Company
"History of the Sarah Zane Fire Co." by Ralph Bageant, October 8, 1940, 3
"The Sarah Zane Fire Company" by Myrtle Cooper, October 9, 1940, 4 leaves, manuscript
News Articles – Sarah Zane Volunteer Fire Company
Program – Sarah Zane Minstrels at The Empire Theater, May 8-9, 1923, February 5-6, 1924, 2 copies, 12 pages each, printed
Sarah Zane Fire Company Ladies Meeting, January 13, 1910, invitation to meeting, 1 leaf and one envelope, printed
Medal -- "Member, Sarah Zane Fire Company No. 1, Winchester, Virginia,
1840", Red Ribbon with Gold Lettering and Fire Engine on Medal, 1 item
Ribbon – "Flags and Banners, Baltimore, MD", n.d., Red with Silver Illustration, 1 item
Ribbon – "Sarah Zane Steam Fire Engine No. 1, Winchester, Virginia" at
MD, June 13-14, 1894, Pale Green with tassel, 1 item
Ribbons – "Apple Blossom Festival, Guest of Sarah Zane Fire Company", 3 items
May 4-5, 1926, Pink with Green Lettering
April 27-28, 1927, Pink with Green Lettering
April 27-28, 1927, Beige with Green Lettering
April 18-19, 1929, Pink with Green Lettering
Ribbons – "Cumberland Valley Fireman’s Association, Westernport, MD, Guest of
Zane Fire Company", August 9-10-11, 1927, 2 ribbons
Ribbons – "Committee to District of Columbia Fireman’s Parade, Guest of Sarah
Fire Company", September 5, 1927, 2 ribbons