Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum

Hoptown History Hero Virtual Summer Camp

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County as they offer a virtual camp this summer!

The “camp” will begin on Tuesday, June 9 and will run for eight consecutive weeks to conclude with a final party and ceremony on Saturday, August 1. Each week focuses on an era or interesting stories from our community’s history. At the end of each week, our heroes-in-training will earn a special badge – and at the end of the program, participants will become an official Hoptown History Hero.

The program is geared for kids between ages 7 and 12. Modifications for younger children and even for adults are available upon request.

Registration for the program is required and opens on Friday, May 22. Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hoptown-history-hero-summer-camp-tickets-105994536512 or by calling 270-887-4270 on Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Registration fee is $75 per person for the 8-week program.

Just want to join for one week? Registration for each week individually is $15 per person and can be done online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hoptown-history-hero-summer-camp-tickets-105994536512 or by calling 270-887-4270.

Museum Members receive a 20% discount on full or weekly registration. Interested in becoming a Museum Member? Visit http://www.museumsofhopkinsville.org/membership/ for more information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Museum at 270-887-4270 or by email at [email protected]. For event flyer, please see below.

 

Holiday Open House – at Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County and the Hopkinsville Fire Department for a festive day of fun!

The Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum (310 E. 9th Street) will be decked for the holidays for this special Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 14 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. There’s lots of fun in store for you:

  • NEW Bucket Brigade and Connect-the-Fire Hose interactive exhibits
  • Discover the Scents of the Season station
  • Natural-themed crafts
  • Local firefighters
  • Light refreshments

 

At 1:00 pm, Santa will read Firefighters Night Before Christmas to the young and young at heart.

They will also have fresh, live greenery available for folks to take home to decorate.

Celebrate the season at this FREE holiday event!

The Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum serves as a drop-off location for the Hopkinsville Fire Department’s Christmas for Kids program. Drop off an unwrapped toy to the Fire-Transportation Museum on or before December 11. All toy donations will be distributed through this special community program to children by the Hopkinsville Fire Department.

Tuesday at the Town Clock

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County and the Hopkinsville Fire Department present Tuesdays at the Town Clock. This monthly story hour at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum will be held the first Tuesday of each month. Local firefighters will read a story and introduce kids to some of the equipment in the museum.

Tuesday at the Town Clock

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County and the Hopkinsville Fire Department present Tuesdays at the Town Clock. This monthly story hour at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum will be held the first Tuesday of each month. Local firefighters will read a story and introduce kids to some of the equipment in the museum.

Haunted Hoptown Walking Tour – at Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum

Join the Big Read-Hopkinsville and the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County as they haunt the streets and share some of Hoptown’s strangest, most bizarre, and darkest stories. From murder and mystery to tragedy and scandal – this tour is sure to put a spooky twist on Our Town. The walking tour starts at Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum.

$10 per Person | $5 for Museum Members. Get your tickets here!

For more information on the Big Read Hopkinsville 2019, visit https://www.facebook.com/thebigreadhopkinsville .

Hoptown in the Time of “Our Town” – at Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum

What if Our Town was set in Hopkinsville instead of Grover’s Corner? Alissa Keller explores the events that shaped our town from 1901-1913 in this program.

For more information on the Big Read Hopkinsville 2019, visit https://www.facebook.com/thebigreadhopkinsville .

A Walk to Remember – at Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum

DATE CHANGE! This tour is moving to Saturday, October 5 at 6:30 pm. Give the Museums a call at 270-887-4270 for more information.

Join the Museums of Hopkinsville for a stroll through historic downtown Hopkinsville. This walk will focus on the local streetscape as it appeared in the early 20th century. Advance registration is required.

Tickets $10 | $5 for Museum Members. Get your tickets here!
Starts at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum.

For more information on the Big Read Hopkinsville 2019, visit https://www.facebook.com/thebigreadhopkinsville .

Tuesday at the Town Clock

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County and the Hopkinsville Fire Department present Tuesdays at the Town Clock. This monthly story hour at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum will be held the first Tuesday of each month. Local firefighters will read a story and introduce kids to some of the equipment in the museum.

Engine #1 Comes Home

Join your friends at the Museums as they welcome the 1928 American LaFrance truck back to its original home in the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum, formerly the city’s Central Fire Station. They will hold a short dedication program and will have local firefighters on site to discuss the truck and the work that they did on it. Light refreshments will be served.

The City of Hopkinsville purchased this American LaFrance 1,000-gallon-per-minute pumper at one dollar per pound: $13,750. It was delivered by rail from Elmira, New York on January 21, 1928. The American LaFrance was the first-run truck until 1940. The city sold the truck to John W. “Woody” Winfree on June 20, 1968, and Winfree presented it to the Pennyroyal Area Museum in 2004.

Known as Engine #1, this truck served the Hopkinsville Fire Department for 40 years and still bears all of its original parts and paint scheme. Thanks to the skill, work, and elbow grease of members of the Hopkinsville Fire Department, folks at the city’s Public Works garage, and other mechanics, the truck has been carefully conserved and reassembled for exhibition at the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum. Join them for its homecoming on Friday, August 2, and be among the first to see it returned to its original location.

The truck will make its way back to the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum on the afternoon of Thursday, August 1. If you are on Main Street, come out and see the trailer bring this iconic truck back to the station it called home.

Contact the Museums of Hopkinsville at 270-887-4270 with any questions.

History on Tap

Join the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County at the next History on Tap program at the Hopkinsville Brewing Company on Thursday, July 25 at 6:30 pm.

Alissa Keller, Executive Director of the Museum, and Battalion Chief Phillip Ferguson will present on the history of the American LaFrance pumper, its current conservation efforts, and its role in one of the most dramatic fires in Hopkinsville’s history.

On January 21, 1928, the City of Hopkinsville received an American LaFrance 1,000-gallon-per-minute pumper that would serve as its first-run truck until 1940. The city sold the truck to John W. “Woody” Winfree on June 20, 1968, and Winfree presented it to the Pennyroyal Area Museum in 2004. Members of the Hopkinsville Fire Department have carefully and diligently conserved the truck and will return it to the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum (formerly the Central Fire Station). A public reception will be held on Friday, August 2 from 5:30-7:00 pm.

The 1928 American LaFrance pumper was the first-run truck on Sunday, August 4, 1940 when a fire broke out in the attic of the Hotel Latham. Learn more about this iconic structure and its tragic destruction and watch rarely-seen film footage of the fire.