The Voice of Preservation
On Monday, August 11th, at the Fredericksburg Architectural Review Board (ARB) meeting, something wonderful happened.
It wasnâ€™t just the 4â€“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 cityâ€™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 communityâ€™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, donâ€™t just tell your spouse or your co-workerâ€”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
â€”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, â€œSophia Street: The Road Route 1 Forgot.â€
Learn about the recent history of Fredericksburgâ€™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. HFFI.org
. Only $12 for HFFI members and $15 for non-members.
But wait thereâ€™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 kidsâ€™ 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 giveawaysâ€”so be sure to check the schedule
to know everything that is happening! Of particular note will be the 1940sâ€“1950s home movies
being shown at Raven Hi-Fi
(214 William Street). You will not want to miss this!
Our new website, www.VintageRoute1.com
, 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 youâ€™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
â€”donâ€™t miss this chance to reach a wide variety of residents in Fredericksburg and the surrounding area! Click here for more info.
Itâ€™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.
$500 for Photo!
The City of Fredericksburg needs a photo of 1010 Caroline Street (currently Timâ€™s Mart) showing the faÃ§ade before it was renovated in 1955â€“and is willing to pay for it!
$500 could be yours if you can find a picture fitting the Cityâ€™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, weâ€™ve got a door on George Street that needs some answersâ€¦