Find out what HFFI has been up to and what we have in store.  We hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Events

Fredericksburg Social
May 16th, 2013 ~ 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Mary Washington House, 1200 Charles Street

HFFI's social event is back!  Come by the Mary Washington House Thursday for a private evening tour, delicious food and good conversation. Tickets on sale now.

Lewis Store Open on 3rd Saturdays
May 18th, 2013 ~ 11:00am - 3:00pm
1200 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg

We will be opening the Lewis Store one Saturday a month to give residents and visitors a chance to see inside our wonderful Lewis Store.

Fredericksburg Farmers Market
June 1, 2013 ~ 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hurkamp Park, Fredericksburg

HFFI is excited to be back at the Farmers Market this season!  Look for our tent on Prince Edward Street, stop by and say hello!

First Friday Open House
June 7, 2013 ~ 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Lewis Store, 1200 Caroline Street

The Lewis Store is happy to open its doors to everyone for First Friday.  Stop by and see our latest exhibit, have a snack, and say hello!

Thank you to our Sponsors

A big THANK YOU to all of the sponsors that support HFFI and its mission.  We couldn't do it without you!  Please support the businesses that support us.

This month we would like to highlight our generous sponsor, Harry S. Rosnick, Nationwide Insurance.  Located at 4410-B Lafayette Blvd.

Mr. Rosnick offers Auto, Home, Life and Business Insurance from his office located right here in Fredericksburg.  Having served the community for over 30 years, his focus is to provide his clients with outstanding and personalized experience.   Give Harry a call at 540-710-9560 or visit his website and let him start working for you today!

Volunteers Needed!

Would you like to give HFFI a few hours of your time each month?  Our volunteers are what make our organization such a success!  

We need people in the following areas:

3rd Saturdays at The Lewis Store
Volunteers are needed to conduct tours, talk with guests, assist with data entry & help plan future exhibits for display.

Event Planning & Researchers
Organizers a
nd inquiring minds are needed for

- Candlelight Tour Committee
- Vintage Route 1 Event
- Other HFFI Events

Committee Members also needed for
- Real Estate
- Marker Committee
- Membership & Fundraising
- Publications
- Oral History

Please contact Lori at 540-371-4504 or if you would like more information.

Call for Journal Articles

Do you have a topic that you have researched and written about?  Or is there something that has always interested you but you needed a reason to really dig into it?  Now is your chance! 

The Publications Committee is looking for articles for upcoming Journals of Fredericksburg History.  You need not be a professional historian to submit, just a dedicated lover of history. 

Please contact them at if you are interested in submitting.


It’s National Preservation Month!  Let’s Celebrate!

Dear members and friends of HFFI,

May is National Preservation Month and, as The National Trust for Historic Preservation is saying, “See! Save! Celebrate!”  Those words ring true here in Fredericksburg and all throughout the State of Virginia.
There are great historic renovation projects taking place all around Fredericksburg and historic destinations are thriving.  Historic buildings are being given new life, historic home museums are buzzing with activity, and important preservation issues, like the future of the Renwick Courthouse, are hot topics of discussion for our members and local residents. 
Tourism season is upon us, so be sure to offer a smile and directions to any visitors you see in Downtown. They are here to see and experience the history and historic places that make Fredericksburg so unique.  With the support of its members, HFFI is working diligently to preserve and promote our community’s cultural heritage.  Focusing on protecting it against threats from demolition, inappropriate alterations & remodels, and modern window replacements, which can slowly erode and chip away at this non-renewable history. 
Thinking about rehabbing or renovating your historic home or building this summer?  HFFI can help.  We can provide information and technical support in creating a historically sensitive construction plan.  Our committees are filled with experts in research, history, architectural history and historically sensitive construction techniques.  We would be happy to consult with you on your project.  That’s our mission!
Happy Preservation Month!


Fredericksburg Social
Thursday May 16th

Tomorrow, Thursday May 16th, HFFI will host a Fredericksburg Social, the revamped return of our quarterly social gatherings (formerly known as Pints for Preservation). It will be held at the Mary Washington House, 1200 Charles Street from 5:30- 8:00 pm. Guests will enjoy a private evening tour and delicious food prepared by a fabulous local chef who has agreed to make a rare appearance just for our members!  Beautiful gardens, good conversation, tasty treats, and delicious libations will abound! 
Going solo and nervous you won’t know anyone?  Well stop by the bar and chat with our cruise director, Emily.  She will be sure to introduce you to a few of our members and keep you entertained!
Tickets are only $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  Buy your ticket now to get the discounted price!  Beer and wine will be available, as well as non-alcoholic options.  And for our members, as always, the first drink is on HFFI!   

Profits will help support ongoing repair efforts at the Lewis Store.  Tickets are on sale now.  Just call (540-371-4504) or stop by the Lewis Store (1200 Caroline Street) between 9:00am and 2:30pm to get yours.  View the flyer with more info here.


Mary Wynn Richmond McDaniel Fund Donation

The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. recently received a generous grant of $500 from The Mary Wynn Richmond McDaniel Fund of The Community Foundation.  We value and appreciate their continued support of HFFI.
Renwick Courthouse Image 1864

Flavor Raffle

There's less than a month until the drawing for our Fredericksburg Flavor Raffle!  Purchase your tickets now and have a chance to win one of these wonderful prizes!

There are three chances to win!  An $80 Gift Certificate from Bistro Bethem, a $50 Gift Certificate from J. Brian’s Taproom, and a gift basket worth over $300!   Included in the basket are gift certificates and treats from some of downtown's tastiest destinations, including: Colonial Cupcakes, Olde Towne Butcher, The Kitchen at Whittingham, Fizzlebottom's Cafe, Made in Virginia, Rob's Car Wash, Pinkadilly Tea, and Griffin Bookshop & Coffee Bar.

Tickets are only $5 each or 5 for $20.  Buy your tickets by phone 540-371-4504 or in person at the Lewis Store, 1200 Caroline Street. 

(Tickets will also be on sale at the Fredericksburg Social on Thursday, May 16th)


3rd Saturdays at
The Lewis Store

In April, for the first time, The Lewis Store opened on the third Saturday of the month with great success!  

On May 18th the Lewis Store will again open its doors to the public from 11am to 3pm.  Visitors are invited to come and explore Fredericksburg’s oldest surviving mercantile as well as enjoy our Renwick Courthouse Exhibit currently on display in the 1st floor showroom.   

Bring the kids along to meet the Little Lewis’.  Little Betty and Fielding Lewis are a very well traveled paper doll duo hailing from right here in Fredericksburg!  Stop by and see them!
Stop by and say hello this Saturday or, if you are interested in volunteering with us, let us know!  Email with any questions or for more information.

First Friday at
The Lewis Store

On Friday, June 7th, HFFI will again open the doors of the historic Lewis Store for the city’s First Friday festivities.  Be sure to stop by and visit to see what HFFI has planned for this summer. 

The Renwick Courthouse exhibit will be on display for anyone that has missed it, as well as a new and improved video showing the hidden treasures of the Renwick Courthouse attics and bell tower. 

Now is the time to learn about this building that will soon be a hot preservation topic in Fredericksburg.
Doors will be open from 5:30 - 8:00 pm; light snacks and beverages will be served.


Downtown Business Spotlight

Bistro Bethem Restaurant, located at 309 William Street in downtown Fredericksburg, offers seasonal modern American cuisine with a Southern accent. 

An amazing and varied wine list is also available to complement their delicious menu.  Their menu, which often features locally grown and sourced products, changes daily to ensure the freshest food possible.
Be sure to check their website to find out about their upcoming events and First Friday Specials.  They are open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner, and on Sunday morning for a delicious brunch.  

The outstanding service at Bistro Bethem will make any meal a special event.  Outdoor seating is now available and a way to truly enjoy an evening in Downtown Fredericksburg.
For reservations call 540-371-9999 or request them online.
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