The Society’s 2019 limited-addition ornament is now available and will be for sale starting September 28 at the Harvest Festival in South Boston. The ornament, of which only 100 are offered for sale, features the 1930 Virgilina, Virginia Volunteer Fire Department truck that was donated to the fledgling department in mid-1951 by the Hillandale, Maryland Fire Department.
In the Spring of 1951, three fires within a month destroyed approximately one-third of Virgilina’s businesses. Because the small town had no fire-fighting equipment and responding fire trucks from surrounding areas arrived too late to prevent the fires, the buildings burned to the ground. The fire chief in Hillandale, Maryland, saw the story in The Washington Daily News and members of his fire department decided to give a 1930 fire truck to Virgilina. Community members travelled to Maryland and brought the truck to Virgilina. Later, when the department updated its equipment, the old truck was sold, but today it is home again in Virgilina.
The Society began the ornament series in 2005. There are a few ornaments remaining from previous years.