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Front Page News!

In case you missed HFFI’s latest event and photo lecture, “Grub in the ‘Burg,” you can read all about it in this Free Lance-Star article.
We had a great crowd on Sunday, July 12th, and everyone that attended thoroughly enjoyed Barbra Anderson’s stories of diners, lunch counters, and fine dining in Fredericksburg. The collection of great photos was a feast for the eyes, and we think everyone learned something.
Thank you to the Free Lance-Star for sharing this story of Fredericksburg’s history—and on the front page no less! You won’t want to miss the next HFFI event coming up on September 12th, the Vintage Route 1 Event. This year, we will explore the Upper Princess Anne neighborhood near Carl’s and the General Washington Executive Center.  Come enjoy free family activities as well as a ticketed walking tour of the area.
See you there!

New Faces at the Lewis Store

We are all set up at the Lewis Store with our new volunteer staff and are ready to get to work!

The Lewis Store will be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. thanks to the generous help from our volunteers. In addition to tending to visitors and answering the telephone, the volunteers will embark (or continue) on their own projects that will help keep HFFI moving forward.
If you are interested in helping us out 1 day a week, or even every other week, please contact us at We still need additional help, particularly because the summertime is full of vacations and people leaving town. We will also need more help in September when some of our volunteers will be returning to work in the school system.

Donation from the Mary Wynn and Charles McDaniel Fund

Recently HFFI received a generous donation from the Mary Wynn and Charles McDaniel Fund through the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region. We are very thankful to the McDaniel family for again granting us these funds and will be sure to put them to good use.
The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region is a public foundation built by individuals, families, and businesses that care about their community.

Have you heard?

Certainly the arrival of the HFFI monthly e-newsletter is an exciting moment for all of you, but do you know about some of the other great history and preservation organizations that have email newsletters as well?  Some local, others on a national scale, send out very informative and interesting updates.

For example did you know that the James Monroe Museum has a new shoe exhibit!? We didn’t either until we read it in their newsletter! Interested in preservation-related happenings in the Washington, DC, area? Then check out the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Capital Region Connection” newsletter.
Here are a few you may want to try out—we know at least one of them will fit your interests.

National Barn Alliance
James Monroe Museum
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Central Rappahannock Heritage Center
Gari Melchers Belmont
Washington Heritage Museum
The George Washington Foundation (Kenmore and Ferry Farm)
Or this wonderful History Blog
Mysteries and Conundrums

Upcoming HFFI Events

Vintage Route 1 Event
Saturday, September 12

General Washington Executive Center
2217 Princess Anne Street

HFFI's celebration of Fredericksburg's 20th-century history returns with new stories, a new tour, and a new location!

Historic Taverns of
William Street Tour

Saturday, October 3

Downtown Fredericksburg

This brand new tour will focus on Fredericksburg's "Restaurant Row" and trust us, it's an interesting history.

Annual Holiday
Candlelight Tour

December 12-13

Downtown Fredericksburg

You will love what we are preparing for this year's tour! As usual beautiful homes and inspiring decorations will be on view for you to enjoy. Keep an eye out for tickets to go on sale this fall.

HFFI Volunteer Opportunities

Can you spare an afternoon or a few hours a month to help HFFI? 

We are currently in need of help with the following projects:

Tending to the desk at the Lewis Store, Wednesday -Friday.
Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Assistance with the Candlelight Tour
Writing very short articles for the newsletter
Introducing a speaker from HFFI to talk to your organization about the benefits of HFFI membership
Wordpress updates for new HFFI website
Helping with graphic design of newsletters and various booklets
HFFI Ambassadors to greet visitors at events

Overwhelming Support

In April of this year, HFFI reached out to you, our community, asking for donations to help us through this financially difficult time. In response to our letter, the Community Give, and the continuing generosity of the community, we have received wonderful support—some financial, some as volunteer hours, others in kind words.

We appreciate all of it, and we will continue on with our mission to preserve Fredericksburg’s historic landscape. And with a family like you supporting us—we know we can do it.
Don't miss another great HFFI event!

Did you know that you can subscribe to HFFI event updates on Facebook? You don’t have to worry about missing a post or announcement again!  Just visit and click the button that says “Subscribe.”
We have some great events coming up in 2015, and we’re already thinking about 2016! 

Additional Virginia Historic Site Events

Saturdays: Railroad Train Rides—Rappahannock Railroad Museum

7/24: History at Sunset—National Park Service

7/25: Building George's House-Brick Masonry Demonstration—Ferry Farm

7/27-30: Educators Workshop: Beyond Standardized Tests—George Washington Foundation

7/31: History at Sunset—National Park Service

8/7: First Friday—Downtown Fredericksburg

8/7: History at Sunset—National Park Service

8/7: First Friday History Quiz night—James Monroe Museum

8/14: Shakespeare by Candlelight at Kenmore—Kenmore

8/14: History at Sunset—National Park Service

8/29: Regency-Era Fashion Show—James Monroe Museum
Please check with the sponsoring organizations prior to any event to confirm details.

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