Join us on Sunday, October 26th for the launch of our new book, Fredericksburg: The Official Guide.
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Mark Your Calendars!  The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.’s latest publication, Fredericksburg: The Official Guide, has arrived and will be on sale starting Sunday, October 26th! 
Endorsed by the City of Fredericksburg, this new book contains narratives on 39 of our area’s most notable historic places, a pull-out map, modern color photographs, and historic images.
HFFI will be presenting the book, the HFFI Publication Committee’s latest work, to the public at a launch party being held at the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library on Sunday, October 26th from 3–5 p.m.  There is no cost to attend, but RSVPs are appreciated.
Can’t make the event? You can download an advance purchase order form here and pick up your book from Lewis Store on Monday, October 27th or after.

Vintage Route 1 Event a Success!

The Vintage Route 1 Event, which took place on Saturday, September 6th, was a great success!  Despite the surprising burst of summer heat that day, guests enjoyed a variety of 20th-century history activities and learned about the surrounding neighborhood’s history. 
Outstanding music poured from Riverfront Park as guests enjoyed kids’ activities, history exhibits, and an amazing collection of classic cars displayed by the Historic Fredericksburg Region AACA.  An afternoon Vintage Fashion Show dazzled guests and photographers with authentic vintage apparel and the interesting history of bygone fashions. 
Walking tours of Sophia Street showed participants the secrets this historic road holds.  Pictures and stories of floods, past residents, and commercial adventures showed how this street was once the bustling front line to our waterfront city.
If you didn’t make it to the event this year, be sure to stop by the Lewis Store to the see the amazing exhibits, professionally printed by Creative Color right here in downtown Fredericksburg, and pick up your free copy of the souvenir booklet to learn more about Sophia Street and the history of U.S. Route 1!
A special Thank You to the Fredericksburg EDA for its support of the Vintage Route 1 Event through the JumpStart! program.

Candlelight Tour Tickets Now on Sale!

The time has come!  Tickets for the 2014 Candlelight Tour are now on sale!
This year’s tour, taking place 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.  
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, the Evening Tour ticket holders can view the homes Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as well as 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.

What is YOUR social media?

This fall HFFI is very lucky to have Jordan Torrance, a Historic Preservation Department intern from the University of Mary Washington, working to help us with our social media presence. 
We want to know what social media YOU prefer.  Do you Tweet?  Does your brain think in hashtags?  Is Facebook your go-to to keep up with friends, family, and local activities?  Do you have an Instagram account?  Do you just observe or do you post as well? 
Social media are great resources for non-profits such as HFFI because we can reach people without spending big bucks for advertisements and commercials —but we want to see if you all are tuned in as well.
If you have a moment, and you can take our 3-minute HFFI Social Media Survey, we would greatly appreciate it.  Think of it as a way to help a college student… Do it for Jordan!
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!
Upcoming HFFI Events
Fredericksburg: The Official Guide
-Launch Party
Sunday, October 26, 2014
908 Charles Street

Come enjoy an afternoon at the James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library to celebrate the launch of HFFI's latest publication, Fredericksburg: The Official Guide.

College Heights Tour
November 16, 2014

Learn the interesting history of the area surrounding the University of Mary Washington on this wonderful fall tour led by Professor of Historic Preservation, Michael Spencer. Tickets will be on sale starting Monday, October 20th.

Annual Candlelight Tour
December 13-14, 2014
Downtown Fredericksburg

A wonderful line-up of homes is being prepared on Upper Caroline Street this year for all to enjoy!  They will be professionally decorated for the holidays and tourguides will inform you of the intriguing history and stories that surround these historic structures. Tickets are on sale now.  Call 540-371-4504 for more info or purchase tickets online.

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.

Great Resources for History Events!

Looking for the latest History Events?  We try to give a quick list in our monthly emails, but for weekly updates check out these great resources:

Writer Clint Schemmer updates the History Calendar in the Tuesday edition of the Free Lance-Star weeklyCheck out a recent calendar here.

The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center (CRHC) calendar is constantly updated with history events and activities—keep checking back or better yet—add CRHC as a friend on Facebook and subscribe to its emails to stay up to date with the center’s great work.

And if you aren’t already friends with HFFI on Facebook—what are you waiting for?!  Add us as a friend and stay up-to-date with our latest events, news, and preservation discussions.
College Heights

November 16

Please join us for the afternoon to enjoy the wonderful fall weather and a tour that will tell the story of the College Heights area.  This neighborhood surrounding the University of Mary Washington is full of interesting history just waiting to be shared!

Reservations can be made starting Monday, October 20th, please call 540-371-4504 to reserve your spot. Cost is $8 for HFFI Members and $10 for non-members.

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn more about one of Fredericksburg's "recently historic" neighborhoods.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Mary Washington House

Did you know that George Washington’s mother, Mary, died of breast cancer in 1789? 

In honor of Mary Washington and Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Washington Heritage Museum invites you to tie a pink ribbon on the fence in front of the Mary Washington House, 1200 Charles Street. Each ribbon can honor or remember family or friends, or pay tribute to your own personal fight with breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness events have been happening all month at this treasured historic home museum; learn more about what they have going on here.


Additional Virginia Historic Site Events

10/18: Cookbook Signing (Recipes from the 18th and 19th Century)—Mary Washington House

10/22: Scottish Society of Fredericksburg Monthly Meeting (4th Wednesday of the month)—Library Headquarters, 1200 Caroline Street

10/22: Lecture "From Monroe to McAuliffe: The Evolution of the Office of Governor of Virginia"—James Monroe Museum

10/24-25: Ghost Walk of Historic Downtown Fredericksburg —UMW Historic Preservation Club

10/24-25:  12th Annual RCHS Cemetery Tours—Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society

11/5: Lecture "Woe Upon the Land: Stafford's Civilians Struggle Amidst Civil War"—CRRL History Lecture Series

11/8-9: Holiday Downtown Open House—Fredericksburg Main Street Initiative

11/10: 27th Annual James Monroe Lecture—James Monroe Museum

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

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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