The other plan is being pushed by attorney Peter Chakmakian, who would like to renovate the fire hall into offices for his law firm while renovating the first floor for use as a community center.
Chakmakian would pay for the renovation work and lease the building from the City of Charles Town, which owns the property, he said.
Tourists would be able to stop at the visitor's center to get directions to the homes that once belonged to members of George Washington's family, including his brother, Charles Washington, who founded Charles Town, Vogel said.
They also could be directed to a local cemetery where Washington family members are buried, and could learn of other sites related to George Washington in Jefferson County, such as a cave where he attended Masonic meetings.
"This town has a real wealth of historical sites, but we've just not told anyone," Vogel said.
The visitor's center also would direct tourists to other sites along the planned heritage trail through the Eastern Panhandle, where Washington first came as a surveyor and later as a soldier during the French and Indian War.
Jeffrey L. Harpold, special projects coordinator with West Virginia Tourism, said he thinks the plan could be funded through state and federal grants.
Harpold toured the building Wednesday with Vogel.
Harpold said a visitor's center would help draw tourists who visit Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to take a better look at what the Eastern Panhandle has to offer.
"Historical tourism is constantly on the rise," Harpold said.