Housed in a working fire station, the Fire Museum is a hidden gem in Jackson. The curator, Ms. Sherri, is fabulous and has the patience of a saint; our children loved her. The museum visit includes an age appropriate discussion of fire safety which includes a chance to practice stop-drop-and-roll on gym mats, crawl through a smoke filled hall (black fabric draped low to mimic the smoke, not scary at all), and slide about 4’ down a fireman’s pole which our children wanted to do again and again. The exhibits include uniforms, helmets, communication equipment, fire safety nets (the big, round trampoline looking contraptions from the early 1900s), and five antique fire engines from 1904 (horse drawn and steam powered) to the 1960s. If the active fire engine is in the station and not out on a call, you also get to visit with the friendly firefighters and climb in the engine; again the boys were happy as clams. Adults with an interest in automotive, fire equipment, or local Jackson history will be thrilled to have the opportunity to examine the equipment up close. Be sure to call before your visit to make sure that a school tour (which has a slightly different program for larger class sizes) hasn’t already been booked for the time you want to visit; the phone number is (601) 960-2433. The museum is free but please consider making a donation to help keep the museum going in this era of budget cuts.
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