We'll see you Thursday at Roxbury for the Fredericksburg Social! 
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Summer in the 'Burg

Summertime is here, and fun activities are popping up all over!  Everywhere you look and in any calendar you check, there are great activities happening! 
History summer camps for kids, tours around downtown, and don’t miss the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center’s Sounds of Summer concert series that is held in historic Market Square.  The use of historic locations for modern activities is one of the best ways to approach historic preservation in the new millennium.   
Tearing down the old and building new isn’t the only option!  Wonderful buildings, such as the Inn at the Old Silk Mill, Maury Commons, and the Fredericksburg Train Station, are just a few examples of how interesting, historic spaces can be given new life and become profitable business enterprises. 
Let the character of the building and the historic streetscape that surrounds it be the inspiration.  You’ll be amazed at the results!

Tomorrow Night!   The Fredericksburg Social!

Be sure not to miss the Fredericksburg Social at Roxbury Farm and Garden Center on Thursday, June 19th, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
Roxbury is the place to go for your gardening needs, but have you ever taken a good look around? Set on the original path of U. S. Route 1, this location has seen many changes. The name of the street, the businesses, even the colorful history of the buildings are part of an exciting story that guests will have an opportunity learn. 
Tickets include a tour of the property, light hors d’oeuvres, and beverages. The first beer or wine is on HFFI, cash bar to follow. Guided tours of the grounds will run throughout the evening. Tickets are $10 prior to the event and $15 at the door. Contact HFFI at 540-371-4504 to purchase your tickets.
Don’t hesitate!  Call now for your reservation!
Get a taste of Roxbury’s history in Barbra Anderson’s article in the June issue of the Front Porch magazine.
EDA JumpStart!
Grant Received for
Vintage Route 1 Event

The Vintage Route 1 Tour & Downtown Community Day, presented by HFFI, would like to thank the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority for its JumpStart! grant in support of the September 6, 2014, Vintage Route 1 event
HFFI is honored to have the support of the city for this important event that explores Fredericksburg’s twentieth-century history. 

This year’s festivities are sure to be even bigger and better than last year. We look forward to seeing you at Riverfront Park!

Keep an eye on for event updates and info.
Historic Pub Tour of Downtown

Get ready for a tour of a different flavor in downtown Fredericksburg!  On Saturday, July 26, Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc., will put a new twist on the history and cocktails combo with our Historic Pub Tour of Downtown Fredericksburg. 
Learn the history of a variety of social establishments, while making new friends, and walking around downtown Fredericksburg. 

The tour will last 4–5 hours since we will need to stop occasionally and take a “break” at some of our featured locations.  Attendees must be at least 21 to attend, and guests should be comfortable with walking 1–1½ miles.
Keep an eye on the HFFI website and our Facebook page for ticket info. 

Like to Party?

Do your friends say you throw the best parties?  Do you like to organize events and revel in their success?  Then do we have a place for you! 
HFFI has expanded its Events in Historic Places schedule for 2014 and is looking for help with this year’s remaining events, as well as plans for 2015. 
Maybe you just want to help out for an hour or two when we have a scheduled event? We would love to have you as well!  We need planners, food organizers, researchers, tour guides, ticket takers, and outreach folks. 
Contact us at 540-371-4504 or for more information.
Come join us!  We have lots of fun.  :)

Additional Virginia Historic Site Events

6/22-29: 2014 Civil Rights Tour Experience—Travel and Learn Tours

6/23-27: History Camp—Ferry Farm

6/25: Grand Opening of Celebration Stage—Stafford 350

6/27-29: Robert E. Lee Symposium on Civil War History—Stratford Hall

7/4: First Friday History Trivia—James Monroe Museum

7/4: Fourth of July at Ferry Farm—Ferry Farm

7/5: Saturday in Mary's Garden—Mary Washington House

7/7-8: Major Monroe's History Camp—James Monroe Museum

7/19: Medical Practice in the Colonial and Early National Eras—Mercer Apothecary & Monroe Museum

8/1: First Friday History Trivia—James Monroe Museum

8/2: Saturday in Mary's Garden—Mary Washington House

8/23: "Every Species of Lawless Adventure": James Monroe and the Fight against Piracy—James Monroe Museums
Please check with the sponsoring organizations prior to any event to confirm details.

History Calendar—Additional events compiled by Clint Schemmer

Upcoming HFFI Events

Fredericksburg Social at Roxbury Farm & Garden Center
Thursday, June 19, 2014
601 Lafayette Blvd.

Enjoy appetizers and beverages while surrounded by the beautiful flowers of Roxbury's Nursery.  Behind-the-scenes tours will be available throughout the evening. Tickets are only $10 if purchased ahead of time, $15 at the door.

Historic Pub Tour of Downtown
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Downtown Fredericksburg

Learn the history of historic downtown taverns, pubs, bars, and watering holes!  From Thomas Jefferson to the train depot we'll stop in a variety of establishments, some for a beverage, then continue walking.  Guests must be 21+ and be able to walk 1–1½ miles.

Vintage Route 1 Tour & Downtown Community Day
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Riverfront Park- Sophia Street

HFFI's annual celebration of Fredericksburg's 20th-century history is back!  Mark it on your calendar and start practicing your hula hooping, it's going to be a fun day!


For more information on these events visit our website at  And to stay up to the minute on all of HFFI happenings, follow us on Facebook.

A Delightful Afternoon with
Jane Beale

On Saturday, May 31, the sun was shining bright, and historic Braehead Manor looked glorious. Beautiful ladies, adorned in stylish hats, enjoyed a delicious tea while basking in history.

Elaine Sturgeon, as Jane Howison Beale, read heartfelt passages from Jane’s diary, Michael Gilchrist played music that may have once floated in the halls of the Howison home, and Barbra Anderson regaled us with stories of strong Civil War women.
The day was amazing, and HFFI would like to thank everyone that attended and participated in the Jane Beale Tea.  Braehead Manor was very generous in allowing us to use their space, and the Civil War Civilians of Spottsylvania brought history to life for us by hostessing each table of guests.
Delicious food, in a historic home, with wonderful people—what a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
To see images from the Jane Beale Tea taken by Chamberlin Photography, please click here until June 30th.  At any time, view our selected photos on Facebook.

Looking for 1940s Images

Do you have a photograph of friends or family in Fredericksburg from the 1940s?  Images of weddings, people working, high school students, or mom cooking in the kitchen? 

The 2014 Vintage Route 1 Event is looking for images of Fredericksburg and its residents during the 1940s to use in this year’s exhibit display.  

If you have one you would allow us to scan and return to you (we can even do it while you wait so it never leaves your sight!), please contact us at or 540-371-4504.

Journal of Fredericksburg History

Now is the time to purchase recent and back issues of HFFI’s Journal of Fredericksburg History! The price has dropped to only $5 per journal, so it is the perfect time to complete your collection.

Stop by the Lewis Store today, or shop online to learn about topics such as The History of “Smithfield” and the Fredericksburg Country Club, The Creation and Early History of Fredericksburg National Cemetery, or African-Americans in the Fredericksburg-area Battlefields.

Uncover the treasure trove of history hidden inside these wonderful books.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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