What Do You Know About the History 

of the Newberry Firehouse?

Have you ever wondered about the history of the Newberry Firehouse? When the larger districts of northern South Carolina were broken up into smaller counties in 1758, Newberry was one of six that made up the Ninety-Six District. The area saw several Revolutionary War battles prior to Newberry’s official town founding in 1789 as the county seat.

The arrival of the railroad in the early 1850’s helped jumpstart Newberry’s growth, and before long many beautiful landmarks were built by the burgeoning town population. In 1883, the Newberry Fire Department was formed, housed originally in the Opera House.

Once the town realized the need for a newly-built firehouse, a space was located right next door and a two-story firehouse was built, giving the Fire Department of Newberry a place of their own. The Works Progress Administration remodeled the firehouse in the 1930’s, expanding the building and giving it the Art Deco look and feel that we’ve carefully preserved.

An historic photo of men from the city of Newberry sitting in front of three old firetrucksThe old red firetruck sits in front of the historic Newberry Firehouse
A black and white historic photo of the Newberry FirehouseNewberry Firehouse from the corner at dusk

Though the firehouse was decommissioned in the 1980’s, our community wanted to be sure that the Old Firehouse was given the chance at a new life that it truly deserved. In 2005, the Old Fire Station underwent modern renovations to turn it into a state-of-the-art conference center for business and social events like corporate retreats, weddings, family reunions, training seminars, and more.

Featuring a wide variety of rooms suitable for groups of any size, catering services, event management, and access to everything historic downtown Newberry, SC has to offer, we provide the facilities of the big city with the intimacy, friendliness, and charm of a small town.

For more information on how you can hold your event with us here at the Newberry Firehouse Conference Center, check out this list of Frequently Asked Questions or contact us online at any time to get started today.