Be sure and check out the 2016 HFFI Preservation Awards and learn about the great preservation work being done in the Fredericksburg area!
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2016 HFFI Preservation Award Winners!

With great pleasure and much pride, we would like to announce the 2016 HFFI Preservation Award Winners.

E. Boyd Graves Preservation Award
Sugar Shack Donuts—For the innovative adaptive reuse and respect for historic character while renovating 801 William Street, previously a gas station, to be a donut shop.
Washington Heritage Museums/Mary Washington House—For the dedicated efforts, in conjunction with fellow organizations, to renovate and maintain the Mary Washington House garden and outbuildings.
Fahmey Abdelatey & the Fredericksburg Architectural Review Board (ARB)—For their combined efforts resulting in the sensitive infill project located at 1317 Charles Street.
Dr. Edward Alvey Educational Award
Fredericksburg Circuit Court Archives—In recognition of the new archive facilities and the outstanding work done by the staff and volunteers to assist researchers and conserve Fredericksburg’s court history.
President’s Exceptional Service Award
Nancy Moore—In recognition of her multifaceted work to support Fredericksburg’s historic preservation efforts.
President’s Special Recognition Award
Ronald Shibley—In honor of his generous donation of his remaining inventory of In Fredericksburg: The Past and Presence of an Old Virginia Town.
The Lillian D. Reed Volunteer Award
Leslie Pugh & Richard Hansen—For their many years of volunteering and dedication to HFFI, including 9 years each on the Board of Directors and serving on various committees throughout that time.
To learn more about the HFFI Preservation Awards and to see previous winners, visit our


HFFI and Fredericksburg Country Club Easement

As announced at HFFI’s Annual Meeting, the Board has entered into a protective easement agreement with the Fredericksburg County Club (FCC) to preserve and prevent the development of its historic 141-acre tract south of the City. The main building on the property, “Smithfield Plantation,” dates from the early part of the nineteenth century. The building and property were the site of significant Civil War battle action and preparations during the December 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg.
HFFI has been holding such easements for much of its 60 years. Most, but not all, are on properties within the city limits. In 2012, HFFI entered into an agreement on a property in Orange County adjacent to the Wilderness Battlefield.
In the case of the FCC, this agreement protects the tract from development pressure and saves the riverfront area as well. FCC also receives tax credits. In addition, FCC is contributing $20,000 to HFFI to support preservation programing.
Speaking for HFFI’s Board of Directors, member Scott Walker pointed out that both the area and HFFI have changed in the last 60 years. Thus, this easement is representative of those changes. “There are many more historical sites being threatened daily. In accepting this easement, we can assist the country club, as well, in preserving its strategically placed property. Even seemingly ordinary things—like barns—need preservation assistance.”
Additional information was provided in an article and a supportive editorial published during the week of March 14 by The Free Lance-Star.

March 14, 2016 FLS article
March 18, 2016 FLS editorial

Welcome to New Board Members!

At the HFFI Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 13, the general membership voted to accept our newest members of the HFFI Board of Directors.
Welcome to these dedicated members of HFFI who are willing to donate their time and expertise to our organization:
Paul Eakin
David James
Danae Peckler
Ed Sandtner
Continuing in their elected terms:
Barbra Anderson
Mary Maher
G. Scott Walker
The new board is excited to get to work and continue HFFI’s work to preserve and protect Fredericksburg’s historic resources.


Renew Now!

It’s HFFI membership renewal time! Have you renewed yet? You can do it today from our website or mail a check to 1200 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
Please consider increasing your donation this year or perhaps choosing a higher level of membership. Did you know that you get free Candlelight Tour tickets with some donor levels? Visit our
website now to learn more.
Thank you so much for your financial support of HFFI—we appreciate every dollar you donate!


Spring House Tour —April 23

As a thank you to our members, the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation would like to invite you to a free, members-only tour of Fall Hill, one of the oldest homes in Fredericksburg. Expert tour guides will lead you in exploring the house and grounds of the estate, followed by refreshments in the garden.
Reservations are required so we can set up a timed entry system. Tours will start every 15 minutes between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Call our office at 540-371-4504 to reserve your time slot.
To attend you must be a member. Not a member yet?
Join Today!

Learn more about the spring house tour and Historic Fall Hill Mansion
Wall of Honor

The Fredericksburg Memorials Advisory Commission is seeking nominations to the City’s Wall of Honor for 2016.

Nominees must have made significant contributions to the welfare of the City and the betterment of society. They must have passed away at least 1 year ago. Family members may not make nominations.

Click here for the application form on the City website. Please submit names and supporting information by May 1, 2016, to Tonya Lacey, Clerk of the City Council at

Virginia Historic Site Events

3/29 & 31: Grandparent/Grandchild One-Day Archaeology Camp—Ferry Farm

4/1: Civil War Kids Camp—Spotsylvania Parks & Rec

4/2: 2016 Park Day in the Wilderness Battlefield, Volunteers needed—Friends of Wilderness Battlefield
To be followed by "Be a Wilderness Soldier!"—Civil War Trust

4/2: Fit-History Hike—Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, NPS

4/6: James Monroe in the War for Independence and the War of 1812—American Revolution Round Table

4/15: Tax Talks-Tax Rules of the Colonial Period—Rising Sun Tavern

4/16: Traveling by Land in the 18th Century—Rising Sun Tavern

4/16: Fit-History Hike—Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, NPS

4/30: Fit-History Hike—Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, NPS

5/1: May Day Garden Party and Art Auction at Historic Federal Hill—Friends of Chatham

5/14: Fit-History Hike—Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, NPS

5/27: Smithfield-Brooke Chimney Fundraiser Luau—Historic Smithfield-Brooke Foundation

For more great history related events visit the History Alert Calendar produced by Alan Zirkle
Please check with the sponsoring organizations prior to any event to confirm details.
The Community Give is coming!

Make May 3, 2016 the biggest giving day in local history!

Once again, the Community Foundation is making this amazing day of giving a reality. This year, the event will be held all day on Tuesday, May 3 for 24 hours, from 12:00 a.m. until midnight—can HFFI count on your support?

Learn more about the Community Give
here, and stay tuned for more information about how and when to donate (to HFFI and many other local non-profits).

Upcoming HFFI Events

HFFI Member-Only Spring Home Tour
Saturday, April 23, 2016
–4:00 p.m.
Historic Fall Hill

Free! Members only! Come tour one of Fredericksburg’s premier homes, followed by refreshments in the garden.

Historic Homeowner Workshop
Saturday, May 30, 2016
10:00 a.m.
Library Headquarters
1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg

HFFI will be celebrating the upcoming Preservation Month with the return of our popular workshop that helps historic homeowners learn about the unique needs of their own piece of history.

Preservation Walking Tour
Saturday, May 21, 2016
10:00 a.m.

Location TBA

This walking tour will take a look at some of the victories of historic preservation, including explorations of several downtown buildings.

Route 1 Lecture
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time and Location TBA

After the AACA Classic Car Show in downtown, join us for a lecture and slide program showing off Fredericksburg in her mid-century glory

Read about the full 2016 events line up on our website.
Journal of Fredericksburg History, Volume 15

Volume 15 of HFFI’s Journal of Fredericksburg History is complete and ready for download! An email was sent out earlier today to all HFFI members from 2015 and 2016 with instructions to download the Journal free of charge.

If you did not receive that information please contact us directly at Not a member? Join now and let us know you would like a free download or buy the Journal directly from our website.

Articles from Volume 15 include—
  • “Debt of Honor: A Sabine Hall Gamester Comes to Ruin in Fredericksburg” – Thomas Katheder
  • “Henry Deane, Liberty Town Entrepreneur” – Matt Scott and Gary Stanton
  • “Washington Avenue” – William Shorter
  • “What Were They Thinking? Crossing the Boundaries of Propriety in Nineteenth-Century Fredericksburg.” – Jan Waltonen
Enjoy Gardening?

Do you enjoy gardening AND history?

Consider coming to the
Mary Washington House and volunteering to help tend Mary’s garden! Our fellow history organization, Washington Heritage Museums, is looking for help on Thursday mornings to complete their spring gardening, and would love to have you join them.

Created by The Garden Club of Virginia, and lovingly maintained by the gardener and volunteers, you will surely enjoy your time assisting them in this beautiful garden.

Contact Krista Lenzmeier at
540-373-5630 or to learn more.
Luau for Preservation!

Save the Date!
The Historic Smithfield-Brooke Foundation, the non-profit dedicated to the preservation of the Smithfield plantation home that is now used as the clubhouse at the Fredericksburg Country Club (FCC), will be hosting a fundraiser on May 27, 2016, from 6–11 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go toward the repairs of the building’s chimneys damaged in the 2011 earthquake.
Don’t miss this great chance to enjoy live music, a barbeque buffet, and cash bar at the beautiful FCC. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 540-373-8781, ext. 11 or 13, or contact Debbie Pederson at

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Please support the businesses

and organizations that support HFFI
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