Join us for the Vintage Route 1 Event on Saturday, September 6th!
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The Voice of Preservation

On Monday, August 11th, at the Fredericksburg Architectural Review Board (ARB) meeting, something wonderful happened.

It wasn’t just the 4–3 decision against the proposed demolition of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge on Sophia Street, but also the number of local residents who showed up to speak with great passion about the property and its importance to our community. They expressed to the board what they felt should happen to a local building. While some spoke for and some against, the sight of so many concerned citizens taking part in the governmental process was truly inspiring. (Read more about the meeting here.)
Earlier this year, the citizens of Fredericksburg and the surrounding area spoke up as one voice about a proposed increase in the city’s height restriction for buildings along the waterfront. The City Council heard our message loud and clear, and later took the proposal off the table.
Both instances demonstrate the important impact we can have on our community’s future when we come together and make our voices heard.
If you have an opinion about something you read in the paper or online, don’t just tell your spouse or your co-worker—come tell the people that make the decisions!  Sign up to speak at a City Council meeting, ARB meeting, or write a letter to your representative—this is your community; let your voice be heard!

Vintage Route 1 Tour & Community Day

We are less than a month away from the Vintage Route 1 Tour & Downown Community Day! So many great things are in the works for this event on Saturday, September 6th, we are bursting at the seams to share them all with you!
The shining star of the day is our brand new walking tour, “Sophia Street: The Road Route 1 Forgot.” Learn about the recent history of Fredericksburg’s waterfront and the effects Route 1 and the 20th-century had on this area of town. Tickets are on sale now at the Lewis Store (540) 371-4504 and at www. Only $12 for HFFI members and $15 for non-members.
But wait there’s more! Riverfront Park will be filled with free activities for the entire family. Classic cars will be on display from the Historic Fredericksburg Region AACA, history exhibits will be shown right in the park this year, and a vintage fashion show, live music, and a variety of kids’ activities will all be available at no charge.
Events will also extend into the downtown businesses for your enjoyment. Stores will be hosting special sales, demonstrations, and giveaways—so be sure to check the schedule to know everything that is happening! Of particular note will be the 1940s–1950s home movies being shown at Raven Hi-Fi (214 William Street). You will not want to miss this!
Our new website,, is up and running for you to get more information as well as see the schedule of events for the day.  Check it out!
Interested in being part of the event? We need lots of volunteers to help put on this fun-filled day.  You can help sell tour tickets, lend a hand at the Jr. Archaeology Lab, or dress up in your vintage 20th-century apparel and help us spread the word! We hope you’ll come join us and bring history to life in Fredericksburg. Contact us here if you are interested in lending a hand.
Advertisements are still being accepted for the Vintage Route 1 Guidebook—don’t miss this chance to reach a wide variety of residents in Fredericksburg and the surrounding area! Click here for more info. It’s more affordable than you think!
HFFI would like to thank our Vintage Route 1 sponsors, Dr. Jazriel Cruz, D.D.S., the Fredericksburg EDA JumpStart! Program, and Creative Color Printing and Mailing, for supporting the Vintage Route 1 Event.

"Beautiful New Hotel!"

This phrase is how a newspaper headline described the September 11, 1914, opening of the then brand new, Princess Anne Hotel. The Fredericksburg newspaper, The Free Lance, went on to detail not only the beauty of the building but its modernity. 
The lavish event held at the hotel for its grand opening was as luxurious as possible for Fredericksburg at the time. The entire menu, including banana fritters and lemon mering[ue] and pineapple pie, was listed in the newspaper article as well as reference to the fact that dancing continued until after midnight.
Located on what would later become U.S. Route 1, The Princess Anne Hotel would continue to be one of the most splendid hotels in Fredericksburg for many years.
This September, the Princess Anne Building, 904 Princess Anne Street, will celebrate its 100th anniversary with pride.  The building received a much-needed renovation in the 1970s by W.J. Vakos & Company. And current owners Kenneth L. Butzner, Walter J. Sheffield, and Ralph E. Sutton have been wonderful stewards of this historic building. We appreciate all they have done to maintain this important piece of Fredericksburg history. 
Happy Anniversary!

$500 for Photo!

The City of Fredericksburg needs a photo of 1010 Caroline Street (currently Tim’s Mart) showing the façade before it was renovated in 1955–and is willing to pay for it! 

$500 could be yours if you can find a picture fitting the City’s requirements!  Learn more about the building and the offer in these two articles.  Free Lance-Star and Will B. Mackintosh Blog

And once this one is solved, we’ve got a door on George Street that needs some answers…
Historic Pub Tour

On Saturday, July 31 Fredericksburg got a new kind of “edutainment.”  The HFFI Historic Pub Tour walked, drank, laughed, and learned—and we can’t wait to do it again! 
Guests enjoyed hearing from a variety of tour guides at multiple locations in Downtown Fredericksburg. 

The Colonial Tavern, Courtyard Marriott, J. Brian’s Taproom, Rising Sun Tavern, and Capital Ale House were all wonderful hosts and handled our groups with ease. Additional locations were enjoyed from the sidewalk or through pictures because they are long since gone.
Tickets sold out quickly for this event, and the requests are in for an encore! So keep an eye out for our next tour, we have certainly found the recipe for a fun night in Downtown Fredericksburg!
Upcoming HFFI Events

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

HFFI's annual celebration of Fredericksburg's 20th-century history is back and it's going to be a fun day! Tickets for the walking tour, "Sophia Street: The Road Route 1 Forgot" are on sale now!  Events at Riverfront Park are free.

First Friday Open House at the Lewis Store
Friday, October 3, 2014
1200 Caroline Street

Enjoy First Friday with HFFI! See what's new and catch up with old friends, we hope to see you there.

College Heights Tour
November, 2014

Learn the history of the area surrounding the University of Mary Washington on this wonderful fall tour. Addtional details to follow.

Annual Candlelight Tour
December 13-14, 2014
Downtown Fredericksburg

A wonderful line up of homes is being prepared for our guests this year.  You won't want to miss it!

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.
RCASA Fund Raiser

The fun doesn’t stop on Saturday, September 6th!  After spending the day at the Vintage Route 1 Event, grab your surfboard and head over to the End of Summer Beach Party with Steve Jarrell! 

The Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault is hosting a fundraiser at the Fredericksburg Country Club from 7 p.m. to midnight and all are welcome! 

Join in the fun and dance the night away to Carolina Beach Music and participate in the Big Kahuna Contest!

Tickets are $25 each and include light fare and a cash bar. For more information or tickets please call 540-760-1961 or email

Candlelight Tour Needs Sponsors

It may be hot outside, but planning for this year’s December Candlelight Tour is in full swing! We are lining up houses and decorators, and it is sure to be a great event
A benefit of the tour that guests look forward to each year is the souvenir booklet full of artwork and history articles on the featured buildings and neighborhood.
Advertising space in the booklet helps cover the cost of producing the tour as well as providing much-needed funding for HFFI throughout the coming year.  Individuals are welcome to sponsor a page to show their support of the tour, or businesses can place an advertisement in the book as well. 
HFFI appreciates everyone’s help that supports this annual event.
For more information please contact Lori at the Lewis Store, 540-371-4504 or

Additional Virginia Historic Site Events

8/23: "Every Species of Lawless Adventure": James Monroe and the Fight against Piracy—James Monroe Museums

8/23: "Pirates and Punch" The history of piracy and rum with tasting to follow—James Monroe Museums

8/30: Hallowed Ground/ FAMCC Tour of Washington Heights—Hallowed Ground Tours

9/5: First Friday History Trivia—James Monroe Museum

9/11: Princess Anne Hotel 100-year Anniversary

9/12-14: Our Living Legacies- Postcards, Pots & Pests of the Past—Mary Washington House

9/20-21: Wine and Oyster Festival—Stratford Hall

10/4: Saturdays in Mary's Garden—Mary Washington House

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

History Calendar—Additional events compiled by Clint Schemmer


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