Thank you to everyone that supported HFFI during the Community Give!
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On May 6th HFFI participated in The Community Give, organized by the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region, and it was a Grand Success! 
Within the 24-hour period of the event, $1,310 in donations was collected to support HFFI and their work preserving Fredericksburg’s historic buildings, structures, and landscape. 
Generosity brought us the above-mentioned $1,310, and luck brought us the next $1,000! We won the Honeywell Charitable Fund “Golden Ticket” prize for the 7:00–8:00 p.m. hour and received 1 of the 24 hourly prizes being distributed. The total amount raised for the event was $2,310!
Our heartfelt thanks not only go to our generous donors but also the Community Foundation for organizing this wonderful event and assisting area non-profits in preparation for the big day.
A total of $544,581.08 was raised and donated to local non-profits on May 6, 2014.  What a great community we live in!
Read more about the sponsors for the event and The Community Foundation here.

Join Us for Tea?

Tickets for the long-awaited Jane Beale Tea are on sale for only a few more days. Don’t hesitate—purchase yours now!
The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. will host an afternoon of tea with Jane Beale, an event inspired by one of HFFI's best-selling publications, A Woman in a War-Torn Town: The Journal of Jane Howison Beale.
Tickets to the event include a full tea service, entertainment consisting of period music, readings from Mrs. Beale’s diary, and a short presentation on the role of women during the Civil War, as well as a tour of the event location, Braehead Manor.
A Civil War era lady will host each table of guests to ensure everyone in attendance has a lovely and proper tea experience.
This event is presented in collaboration with the Civil War Civilians of Spottsylvania.
There will be two seatings for the tea, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Seating is limited, and we expect this unique event to sell out.  Ticket sales close on May 26 or when all tickets are sold. Tickets are $35 for HFFI members and $40 for non-members.  
To purchase tickets, please call 540-371-4504.
Read more about Jane Howison Beale’s experiences at Braehead Manor in Kerri S. Barile’s article in the latest copy of Front Porch magazine or in the online edition.

Generous Grant Received

Thank you to the Mary Wynn Richmond McDaniel Fund of The Community Foundation for its generous donation to HFFI. The continued support of HFFI by this fund is much appreciated and we are honored to again receive this donation. 
Donations such as this allow the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. to continue its work preserving our area’s historic landscape. The many facets of our history make Fredericksburg the treasure it is.

Highways & Byways: Evening with an Expert
The weather is getting warmer and you can hear the call of the road! Open up the windows, grab a gas station road map, and see what awaits! 
But travel was not always so simple, or clean, or safe. The roads we travel every day hold stories and unexpected history. Come learn more about local and Virginia roads at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center’s Evening with an Expert: Highways and Byways on May 22, 2014.  
Historians Ann Miller (VDOT) and Emily Taggart Schricker (HFFI) will both be speaking at this event that is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., lecture begins at 7:00 p.m., and a reception for museum members will follow the program. This event will take place at the Catherine W. Jones McKann Center, Mansard Gallery.
For more information please visit the FAMCC website.
Memorials Commission

Is there an individual that has stood out in the community and you feel should be included in the Fredericksburg City Wall of Honor? Someone that is deceased who, during their lifetime, was a resident of the Fredericksburg area and made significant contributions to the welfare of the City?

If so, the Memorials Advisory Commission wants to hear from you. 
Each year, the Commission recommends the names of not more than five persons to City Council, which makes the final decision on all nominations. To be considered by the Commission and City Council, nominees and persons nominating must meet the criteria listed on the city’s website.
Fredericksburg Social
at Roxbury Farm & Garden Center

With spring having sprung and summer blooms on their way, what better place to have a Fredericksburg Social than Roxbury Farm and Garden Center!
Roxbury is the place to go for your gardening needs, but have you ever taken a good look around? Set on the original path of U. S. Route 1, this location has seen many changes. The name of the street, the businesses that have set up shop on the land, and even the colorful history of the buildings are part of an exciting story that guests will have an opportunity learn. 
The event will take place on Thursday, June 19th, and includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres, the first drink is on HFFI then a cash bar will be available.

Guided tours of the grounds will run all evening. Tickets are $10 prior to the event and $15 at the door. Mark it on your calendar and stay tuned for more information!
Beautiful scenery included—no extra charge.

Additional Virginia Historic Site Events

5/24: Medical Practices in the Colonial & Early National Eras—Washington Heritage and James Monroe Museums

5/24: Fifth Annual Fredericksburg City and Confederate Cemetery Tour—City Cemetery

5/24: Tours and Presentations for Memorial Day—Historic Ellwood Manor

5/24-25: Memorial Day Commemoration Events at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park—National Park Service

6/7: Native Plant Walk at Ferry Farm—Ferry Farm

6/8: Afternoon Tea in Honor of Elizabeth Monroe—James Monroe Museum

6/22-29: 2014 Civil Rights Tour Experience—Travel and Learn Tours

6/23-27: History Camp—Ferry Farm

6/27-29: Robert E. Lee Symposium on Civil War History—Stratford Hall

7/4: Fourth of July at Ferry Farm—Ferry Farm

7/7-8: Major Monroe's History Camp—James Monroe Museum

History Calendar—Compiled by Clint Schemmer

Upcoming HFFI Events

Highways & Byways : Evening with an Expert
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fredericksburg Area Museum - Mansard Gallery
1001 Princess Anne Street

Join the Fredericksburg Area Museum for their Evening with an Expert series featuring two speakers highlighting transportation in Virginia, as well as specifically in Fredericksburg.  Local Route 1 scholar and HFFI volunteer, Emily Taggart Schricker will be presenting the portion on Fredericksburg and the impact of Route 1.  The event is free, seating begins at 6:30 pm.

Jane Beale Tea
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Braehead Manor Bed & Breakfast and Wedding & Event Center
123 Lee Drive

Enjoy an afternoon of tea the way Jane would have at beautiful Braehead Manor.  Hear excerpts from her diary while enjoying delicious treats!  There will be two seatings for the tea, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Tickets on sale now at the Lewis Store, 1200 Caroline Street or call 540-371-4504

Fredericksburg Social at Roxbury Farm & Garden Center
Thursday, June 19, 2014
601 Lafayette Blvd.

Enjoy appetizers and beverages while surrounded by the beautiful flowers of Roxbury's Nursery.  Behind-the-scenes tours will be available throughout the evening. Tickets are only $10 if purchased ahead of time, $15 at the door.


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.

Journal of Fredericksburg History—Volume 14

Have you picked up your copy of HFFI’s Journal of Fredericksburg History? If you were a member in 2013 or 2014 there is a complementary copy of Volume 14 waiting for you at the Lewis Store!
If you have not picked up your copy yet, be sure to contact us.  Call or email Lori at 540-371-4504 / to arrange pick up or to have your journal shipped to you (at no cost).
This latest publication includes a Forward written by the co-chairs of HFFI’s Publications Committee, Kerri Barile and Carthon Davis, III, and an eclectic mix of interesting and scholarly articles by local authors and historians:

“An Eventful Spot in the History of the Confederacy”: Forest Hill at Hamilton’s Crossing, Virginia by Rebecca Campbell Light

The Poems of Frank Fratoe by Frank Fratoe

Annie Jean Arnaud by Nancy Moore

George A. Mills and the People’s Mission by Rev. Jeffrey Garth Edmunds

The Kenmore Brigade by Tomi Reneau

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