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Preservation with an Eye to the Future

“Preservation” is not only respect and fondness for the past, but also an ever-present eye on the future and an awareness that some things must change. Here at HFFI, we are experiencing and embracing many of our own changes.
We are a healthy organization that is getting closer to our internal goal of balancing our budget. We own our properties outright and are in financial debt to no one. Our membership is strong and you, our community, supports us and our activities. We are thankful indeed for all of these factors. However, with the recent reduction in staff, HFFI will be turning to its members and the community more than ever for support. Volunteers will be essential to keep the Lewis Store open to visitors, to continue to run our programs at full efficiency, and to produce our largest fundraiser of the year, the Annual Candlelight Tour.
How will you be able to help? Can you spare a few hours during the week to sit at the Lewis Store and talk to visitors? Are you a member of a local organization that might be interested in hearing more about HFFI and how being a member aids in the preservation of Fredericksburg’s history? Maybe your talents are more behind the scenes, and you enjoy lending a hand for events or are a technical person with digital design skills you could volunteer.
No matter what you can bring to HFFI’s table—it is appreciated. Please consider how you can lend a hand. (See sidebar for a list of volunteer opportunities.)
Call 540-371-4504 or reply to this email to learn more about what you can do to help HFFI Keep Fredericksburg Historic.

Changes in the HFFI Office

As of June 22, our Office Manager, Lori Syner, will begin her transition out of her job at HFFI and on to new adventures. We will certainly miss Lori’s smiling face and the hard work she has done for HFFI—especially the Annual Candlelight Tour. Fortunately, Lori has offered to lend a hand until a new office manager can be hired and trained.
As a result, HFFI is currently looking for someone to fill Lori’s Office Manager role. If you (or someone you know) is an organized person with administrative experience, including QuickBooks and bookkeeping skills, and are interested in the position, please reply to this email with a cover page and resume.
Thank you for everything Lori!

Summertime in the 'Burg

Summer is officially here and the fun opportunities to get out and enjoy our historic city are piling up!
If sitting outdoors and enjoying music is your thing, don’t miss Music on the Steps every Monday again this summer at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library! And Market Square is back with Sounds of Summer, enjoy live bands each Friday—brought to you by the Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fredericksburg's EDA JumpstART grants.
Like a little festival to go with your music? How about the 4th of July Heritage Festival? Or visit Fredericksburg’s booming Farmers Market at Hurkamp Park! Every Saturday morning is an event, but the first Saturday of each month is even bigger!  Art displays, kid’s activities, prepared foods—a much better option than a large chain grocery store.
No matter how you slice it, Fredericksburg is full of fun activities this summer. Support our downtown businesses by spending the day downtown. With new restaurants opening all the time and musicians popping up on street corners to entertain us, there is always a reason to Visit Fred!


Upcoming HFFI Events

Grub in the 'Burg
Sunday, July 12
2:00 p.m.

Library Headquarters
1201 Caroline Street

Local historian Barbra Anderson will present a pictorial history of Fredericksburg's restaurants and eateries. This event is free and open to the public.
Vintage Route 1 Event
Saturday, September 12

General Washington Executive Center
2217 Princess Anne Street

HFFI's celebration of Fredericksburg's 20th-century history returns with new stories, a new tour, and a new location!
Historic Taverns of
William Street Tour

Saturday, October 3

Downtown Fredericksburg

This brand new tour will focus on Fredericksburg's "Restaurant Row" and trust us, it's an interesting history.

HFFI Volunteer Opportunities

Can you spare an afternoon or a few hours a month to help HFFI? 

We are currently in need of help with the following projects:

Tending to the desk at the Lewis Store, Wednesday -Friday.
Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Assistance with the Candlelight Tour
Writing very short articles for the newsletter
Introducing a speaker from HFFI to talk to your organization about the benefits of HFFI membership
Wordpress updates for new HFFI website
Helping with graphic design of newsletters and various booklets
HFFI Ambassadors to greet visitors at events


I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing Project

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 there was public hearing/ open house held at James Monroe High School that allowed the public to view plans and ask questions of VDOT staff concerning the proposed I-95 Rappahannock River Crossing project.

"The crossing would add collector-distributor lanes parallel to the general purpose lanes between Exit 133 (Route 17) in Stafford County and Exit 130 (Route 3) in Fredericksburg as well as possible interchange modifications."

View information on the project here.

Instructions to submit your comments on the project are here.

Proposed Installation of Antenna

Reprinted from a letter send to HFFI dated May 28, 2015

Verizon Wireless is proposing installation of an antenna space to an existing building rooftop, for an overall height of 21 feet. Minimal ground disturbance is proposed. The Site consists of a 17-foot tall building located northeast of the intersection of Altoona Drive and Plank Road.

In accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, we are seeking comments from the public and any interested parties on potential effects to historic properties. (map attached)

If you would like to comment on this project, please contact me at your earliest convenience. I can be reached by phone at (301) 776-0500, or by email at Thank you.

Advantage Environmental Consultants, LLC
Max J. Levine
Staff Scientist


Welcome to our newest sponsor!

The Historic Fredericksburg Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America has been working towards the preservation and enjoyment of automotive history of all types here in the Fredericksburg Region since it was founded in 1957. 

Thank you and Welcome!
July 12th,
Grub in the Burg
—Free Lecture—

Dining in Fredericksburg today brings a variety of options, and the histories of lunch counters, hotdog stands, and glamourous dining establishments are just as copious! Join historian Barbra Anderson for a free lecture on July 12th at the Fredericksburg Library (1201 Caroline Street) to learn about Fredericksburg’s culinary past.
The lecture will include a wonderful collection of images as well as stories attached to these Fredericksburg landmarks.
The event will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. and should last approximately 1 hour.
Also, be sure to pick up (or read online) the next Front Porch (July), which will include Barbra’s article on the Fredericksburg Greek community’s important role in our restaurant history.

Let the archives be scanned!

An update on our Digital Photo and Document Archive Project!
Our new laptop has arrived (with much thanks to local company, Businets), our new scanner is set to go, and our volunteers are very excited to have added slides and negatives to their list of scanning accomplishments! There are many, many more pictures, slides, and negatives to scan, but the new developments in the project are exciting!
Among the treasures uncovered is a recent box of Fredericksburg Train Station images, there were detailed pictures of the building before its restoration in the 1990s, as well as images of the train bridge during its construction. But our volunteers decided this was the winning image from that batch. Get those preservationists started young!

Thank you to the Virginia Heritage Fund of The Community Foundation for helping us reach our goal of digitizing our archives through its generous grant. Learn more about the Community Foundation.

Additional Virginia Historic Site Events

Saturdays: Railroad Train Rides—Rappahannock Railroad Museum

6/26: History at Sunset, The Trail and Tale of Stonewall Jackson's Arm—National Park Service

6/27: Building George's House-Timber Hewing Demonstration—Ferry Farm

6/28: Elizabeth Monroe Birthday Celebration—James Monroe Museum

7/3: History at Sunset, Heros and Homefolk: A Walk Through the City and Confederate Cemetery—National Park Service

7/3: First Friday—Downtown Fredericksburg

7/3: First Friday History Quiz night—
James Monroe Museum

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

7/6-7: Major Monroe's History Camp—James Monroe Museum

7/10: History at Sunset, Mayhem and Missed Opportunities: Chancellorsville's Battle for the Bullock Road—National Park Service

7/17: History at Sunset, Unleash the Thunder: Artillery Marye's Heights—National Park Service

7/25: Building George's House-Brick Masonry Demonstration—Ferry Farm

8/29: Regency-Era Fashion Show—James Monroe Museum

Please check with the sponsoring organizations prior to any event to confirm details.

For more great history related events, check out the History Calendar on The Free Lance-Star

D.C. to Richmond Southeast High Speed Rail Project

On Tuesday, June 2nd, a public meeting was held in Fredericksburg for the D.C. to Richmond Southeast High Speed Rail Project. At this meeting, various project alternatives were discussed.

Many factors must be considered in the decision, including local cultural resources (including the Downtown Historic District that the train line runs through).
To learn more about the meeting, read this June 4th Free Lance-Star article. To see more details about the proposed plans view the Meeting Materials Archive.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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