The Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour is almost here!  Get your tickets now for the tour December 13-14.
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Santa's Shopping List

We don’t want to brag about our insider info, but…  We have seen Santa’s shopping list and the good news is—everything you need for the holidays is in Downtown Fredericksburg
First stop is, of course, the HFFI Lewis Store at 1200 Caroline Street to pick up Fredericksburg: The Official Guide.  Perfect for locals, visitors, and one for yourself.  While you’re there, pick up a gift membership for your favorite history-loving friend and maybe a handcrafted pewter holiday ornament for the collector in the family.
What better place to find a truly “Fredericksburg” gift than the Made in Virginia Store at 920 Caroline Street.  Delicious fudge, Fredericksburg Wine, and a variety of Fredericksburg collectibles are available in the store and online.
Next stop—the Museum Store at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center.  Filled with beautiful jewelry and chic holiday items, this charming shop gives you the added bonus of knowing you are supporting an institution dedicated to preserving our city’s history.
Need a mid-shopping pick-me-up?  Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or latte at Griffin Bookshop and Coffee Bar, 723 Caroline Street, while sitting down with a good book.  You’re right—it’s a GREAT book!  Ring up a unique card with that purchase and then on to your next stop!
Don’t worry about running out of shopping time this holiday—more than 50 stores will be open until at least 8:00 pm on Friday evenings.  Just look for the yellow OPEN LATE flags.
Someone left on the list?  That’s simple!  Swing by the Fredericksburg Visitors Center, 706 Caroline Street, or LibertyTown Arts Center, 916 Liberty Street, to pick up an Experience Fredericksburg Gift Card. Accepted at more than 70 stores in downtown, these gift cards let the recipient chose his or her gift or delicious meal from many downtown establishments. 
An added bonus for you—save 20 percent on all gift cards purchased locally for a limited time!   Definitely a Santa-approved savings.
Mission accomplished. Shopping complete. And it was all done in one enjoyable day spent in Downtown Fredericksburg!

Holiday Season with the Main Street Association

Looking for some FREE holiday fun?  Then look no further than Historic Downtown Fredericksburg to fill your calendar! 
Fridays November 21, 28 & December 5,12,19
  • Friday Evening Shopping, More than 50 stores open until 8:00 p.m.
  • Holiday Performances 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 28 Saturday, November 29
  • Small Business Saturday – Learn more here
  • Children’s Tree Lighting—4:30 p.m. Hurkamp Park
Friday, December 5 Saturday, December 6
  • Christmas Parade—5:30 p.m.
Friday, December 12 Sundays, December 7, 14, 21
  • Santa Stroll—1:00–4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 20
  • Santa Stroll—1:00–4:00 p.m.

And don’t worry about the parking; 2-hour parking spaces within the center of town have been expanded to 4 hours!  Check here for location specifics.
For More information on all downtown events visit the Fredericksburg Main Street Association website.

Candlelight Tour Tickets Now on Sale!

Tickets for the 2014 Candlelight Tour are now on sale!  Save by purchasing yours in advance here.
This year’s tour, held on Saturday and Sunday, December 13–14, includes another amazing lineup of historic homes.  Don’t miss your chance to learn about their history, see inside these gorgeous homes, and enjoy the beautiful holiday decorations! 
The featured neighborhood this year is the area of Upper Caroline Street and includes homes never before seen on the Candlelight Tour.  Victorian jewels as well as rare 18th-century buildings will be on the tour, showing the evolution and longevity of this historic neighborhood. Pick up a copy of the winter edition of the Fredericksburg Guidebook or the December Front Porch to get a taste of what this year’s tour holds.
Daytime and Evening Tour tickets allow guests to visit the homes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition, Evening Tour ticket holders can view the homes Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and attend the Saturday night cocktail party at the Kenmore Inn.  Delicious hors d’oeuvres and two drinks are included with admission to the party. It is sure to be a delightful evening and a wonderful addition to your holiday calendar!
For a full list of the homes on the tour as well as online ticket sales visit our website.

Southeast High Speed Rail Study

This week, the Free Lance-Star ran an article about the Southeast High Speed Rail that could make its way from Washington, DC, to Richmond, VA, in the near future.  Which brings us to ask, what does this mean for our nearby historic resources?  Go online to check out the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation's informative website to see details on the federal study project, learn about the plans, see maps of the project area, and submit your comments.
Construction of the rail line would affect the current rail lines as well as bridges over the Rappahannock River.  The period for public comment closes on Friday, December 5, so please to take a moment and let them know what you think is important.
Hopefully, the plan can be carried out with sensitivity to our natural and cultural resources so we can all enjoy faster trips that avoid I-95!
Falmouth Counting House—It could be yours!

Up the road and around the corner from Amy’s Café in Falmouth is a quaint wooden building overflowing with history.  It has had various uses since the mid-nineteenth century but the next chapter in its history is up to you
Stafford County is offering to pass ownership of the building in exchange for the financing of its repair and rehabilitation.

If you have dreamed of owning a historic building, this Falmouth property, located at 103 Gordon Street, may be your chance! Perhaps you have the skills to respectfully renovate it and are the right person to care for it and take over the ownership?
Stafford County is taking sealed proposals for lease, rehabilitation, and property transfer of the county-owned property (The Counting House) and will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 2, 2014.
For more information visit the official Request for Proposals from Stafford County online here, or contact Kerri Barile at with any questions.

Additional Virginia Historic Site Events

11/20: Evening with an Expert, Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad—Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center

11/29: John Frazer Ghost Tour—Rising Sun Tavern

11/29: Children's Tree Lighting Event at Hurkamp Park—Fredericksburg Main Street Initiative

11/29: Small Business Saturday—Fredericksburg Main Street Initiative

12/6: "A Monroe Christmas" Holiday Open House—James Monroe Museum

12/7: Spending the Night on Virginia's Main Street book signing—Griffin Bookshop and Coffee Bar

12/7: Candlelight Tour of Mary Washington's House—Washington Heritage Museum
Please check with the sponsoring organizations prior to any event to confirm details.
2014 Holiday Ornaments

Order yours Today!

Put your order in now for the 2014 Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. Holiday Ornament!  
The design of this year’s ornament was inspired by the sidelights framing the main entrance at 1601 Caroline Street, one of the homes featured on this year’s Candlelight Tour.
The ornament, a limited-edition pewter casting, individually numbered and dated, is a unique and lasting symbol of the Foundation’s 2014 Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes.
Put your order in now; a limited number are available!

Historic Route 1 Book Signing

Are you a fan of our local historic highway, U.S. Route 1, and the stories that surround it? Then author Tim O’Gorman has released a new book that you are going to love
Spending the Night on Virginia’s Main Street is full of color images and postcards that tell the story of the motels and lodging facilities on this important road from Arlington to South Hill, Virginia, 1920–1965. 
The book is now available on Amazon, or stop by Griffin Bookshop and Coffee Bar on Sunday, December 7 for a book signing with the author from 2–4 p.m.
A perfect holiday present for anyone who has traveled this great road or appreciates wonderful historic images.  
Click here to learn more about the book.


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