New Bern Firemans Museum print from original watercolor by Janet Francoeur. New Bern Firemen’s Museum was founded in 1955 to preserve and convey the history of the oldest chartered fire company in the State of North Carolina. Two fire companies occupied this firehouse, the Atlantic Hook & Ladder Company and the New Bern Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1. It is quite a story! If you haven’t been you should go visit. See other paintings and prints by Janet by clicking here.