Join us in 2014 to preserve Historic Fredericksburg!
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Our 2014 Resolutions

It’s that time of year when most people resolve to make changes and focus on how they can improve themselves and their situations.  The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. (HFFI) is no different.  When our committees, staff, and Board of Directors gather for meetings each month, we are always contemplating new and innovative ways to protect and enhance our community’s rich history and preserve its unique sense of place.
HFFI’s goals this year include:
  • A new revamped website with more information for homeowners and residents
  • Continued involvement with the city on planning and historic district issues
  • More events that bring you, our wonderful members and friends, together to learn about and enjoy Fredericksburg’s unique history and historic places
  • Digitizing of HFFI’s archives to make them more accessible to the community.

HFFI staff and volunteers will be working hard to meet these goals but we always need more help!  If you’re interested in getting involved and supporting our efforts, please feel free to contact us at or 540-371-4504.
“Vision without action is a daydream.  Action without vision is a nightmare.” -Japanese proverb


Have YOUR Home or Building Researched

Have you had a chance to sit down with your 2013 Candlelight Tour souvenir booklet and read the interesting histories of this year’s featured homes?  Much of the information presented was drawn from historical research reports produced by HFFI’s marker committee.  
Want to know more about your property’s unique history?  Contact HFFI to learn more about our historical marker program that runs year-round.  Applications are currently being accepted.
Using deeds, real estate data, and tax records, along with maps, insurance records, and articles from old newspapers and other published resources, the HFFI Marker Committee members create a report that focuses on past owners, events, dates, and transactions.  Its pages tell the story of your property.  The information will also allow you to order one of HFFI’s attractive and desirable bronze markers.  Almost 300 homeowners on dozens of city streets now display these plaques.
Obtaining a marker does not restrict your home or building in any way.  It simply shows your pride, and HFFI’s, in the architecture and history of our community.  It documents the preservation of our city.  To be researched and receive a marker, however, your home or building must be at least 50 years old. 
Members of the committee include Roger Engels, Dick Hansen, Ben Raterman, Sandy Staley, and Jan Waltonen.  More information on the program, its fees, and criteria, is available at our website or feel free to call our office in the Lewis Store (540-371-4504).
Don’t have a copy of this years Candlelight Tour booklet?  Stop by the Lewis Store and pick one up today, before they’re all gone!

Upcoming HFFI Events

Open House at The Lewis Store
Sunday, February 23, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM
1200 Caroline Street

Stop by to enjoy a Sunday afternoon with HFFI.  Learn, discuss, and enjoy history with us!

Dressing the Modern Woman
March, 2014
Location TBD
Explore the evolution of historic clothing in the 18th-19th century with local costuming scholars.  They will share the stories of their handmade historic clothing as well as the mechanics underneath that create these recognizable silhouettes. 

HFFI Annual Meeting
Sunday, March 23, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 PM

Library Headquarters,
1201 Caroline Street

Mark it on your calendar now and gather with us to celebrate the accomplishments and progress of HFFI in 2013.

Jane Beale Tea
May, 2014
Location TBD

Enjoy an afternoon of tea the way Jane would have.  Hear excerpts from her diary while enjoying delicious treats!  Date and time TBD.

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

Enjoy treats and beverages while surrounded by the beautiful flowers of Roxbury's Nursery.  Date and time TBD.


Stay tuned for more information on these events!  To stay up to the minute, follow us on Facebook. 

Interested in having your business promoted with one of our events? - Contact us for more information.

Additional Virginia Historic Site Events


1/18: Jazz Age Preservation Ball—Art Deco Society of Virginia

1/18 & 1/20: Enslaved Community Tour—Montpelier

1/19: Hugh Mercer’s Birthday Celebration—Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

1/19: Journey from Slavery to Freedom Tour—Montpelier

1/19-25: UMW Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—UMW James Farmer Multicultural Center

1/25: Robert E. Lee Lecture and Bourbon Tasting—Lee-Fendall House -Alexandria

2/15: George Washington’s Birthday Celebration—Ferry Farm

2/17: Archaeology Day—Ferry Farm  

Looking for 2014 Event Sponsors

The 2014 event schedule released last month will be kicking off in February and includes not only a variety of educational and social events, but also articles written by HFFI volunteers for the Front Porch newspaper.  Be sure to keep an eye out for them in the coming year.
If you or your company would be interested in being an event sponsor and have your name printed in the HFFI Front Porch advertisement as well as on event posters and online event promotions, please contact us at or at 540-371-4504. 

Opportunities are available for the entire year, one season, or single event sponsorships.

February 23rd
Open House

By the end of February, after several months of winter, you can bet we’ll all be looking for a chance to get out of the house and do something different!  Well HFFI is here to help!  Be sure to take this opportunity to join us at the Lewis Store Open House on Sunday, February 23rd. 
Planned activities include a presentation on the 20th-century history of Lafayette Boulevard and the debut of HFFI’s second installment of its Vintage Route 1 Exhibit Series

Guests will also enjoy new displays focused around three important themes from Fredericksburg’s 20th-century past: Lafayette Boulevard’s Changing Streetscape, the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and Hotels & Lodging in Fredericksburg.
To learn more about other events happening in 2014 be sure to check out the Upcoming Events portion of this newsletter, follow us on Facebook, and, coming soon, look for additional information on the HFFI website.

2013 Candlelight Tour a Success!

The numbers are in and the HFFI Candlelight Tour was once again a huge success!  Revenues from the event will be used to help support the Foundation’s various preservation programs and general operations.
Thank you again to all of the volunteers that make this event possible.  We couldn’t do it without you! 
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