The Circle Unbroken: Civil War Letters of the Knox Family of Fredericksburg to launch on October 27th at the Kenmore Inn.  Be sure to stop by!
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Knox Book Launch Event!

HFFI, in partnership with the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, invites you to celebrate the launch of our brand new book, The Circle Unbroken: Civil War Letters of the Knox Family of Fredericksburg.   Read below for more details… 

Preservation News

Things are busy as usual down at the Lewis Store—headquarters of the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.  Read on to learn more about what we’ve been up to and get all the latest preservation- and history-related news.
In addition to managing the Foundation’s day-to-day operations, our Executive Director, Sean Maroney, has been dividing his time between several new and ongoing initiatives.  With assistance from our committees and volunteers, recent efforts have focused on HFFI’s easement program (e.g., inspecting our 44 easement properties, providing technical assistance to owners, etc.), events and program planning, grant writing, and an array of other advocacy- and outreach-related activities.  The latter include, among others, monitoring downtown development proposals, reviewing Architectural Review Board applications, meeting with city officials and staff to discuss planning and preservation policy matters, fielding information requests from members and local residents, and speaking at public meetings.
Lori Syner, our Office Manager, has been working with a volunteer committee for the past several months to plan for our 43rd Annual Candlelight Tour.  This year’s event is happening December 14th & 15th in downtown Fredericksburg.  Watch your mailbox for updates and information, and don’t forget to buy your tickets early for what’s shaping up to be a truly wonderful weekend!
Of course, HFFI’s various committees have also been hard at work, preparing Marker reports, editing books for publication, and organizing events to bring our members together.  Keep an eye out for the latest news from them here in our newsletter, on our website, as well as on the HFFI Facebook page
Architectural Review Board positions to open up—Two seats will be open on the Fredericksburg ARB starting in January of 2014.  Applications are now being accepted, and candidates are being considered.  If you are interested in serving, please contact city staff or visit the ARB website to learn more.

Book Launch - Sunday, October 27th, 3:00 p.m.

Please join us on Sunday, October 27th from 3–5 p.m. for an open house at the Kenmore Inn (1200 Princess Anne Street) to mark the release of the amazing new book, The Circle Unbroken: Civil War Letters of the Knox Family of Fredericksburg.  Rob Alling and his gracious staff at the Inn are opening the entire original home to our members and their guests so you can experience the rooms where the Knox family lived and wrote the letters. Re-enactors from the 30th Virginia will be there to greet you—the same regiment the Knox boys joined in 1861.

Complementary hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided, and books will be available for purchase! The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs requested (540-371-4504;  

Books are available for pre-order, just fill out the form found on the HFFI website and submit prior to the event.  Your book will be waiting for you when you arrive to the launch on October 27th. 

See you there!

The Hot Club of San Francisco

Join HFFI on Saturday, November 16th for a trip to historic Culpepper.  We’ll be visiting the recently renovated historic State Theater to enjoy a viewing of The Hot Club of San Francisco! …an exciting show featuring vintage silent films set to live gypsy swing music.  Read more about the performance on the State Theater website.
Feel free to come earlier in the day and explore historic Culpepper with us!  Walking tours, restaurants, Civil War sites, and plenty of good shopping await.  Let’s support a fellow historic Virginia community and enjoy a day of exploration. If there is enough interest, we have been invited on a tour of the theater earlier in the day. 
Anyone wishing to attend should buy his or her own ticket on the State Theater website.  If you’re interested in the theater tour, meeting up with other HFFI members before the show, or carpooling please contact us at for more details.
Going solo and worried you won’t know anyone?  Don’t fret, just let us know it’s only you attending and then come meet the HFFI representative before the show—you’ll be sure to have made friends before the night is over.

HFFI Journal
Volume 14

Coming Soon!   HFFI’s Publications Committee is busily compiling the latest issue of our Journal of Fredericksburg History

Volume 14 will feature articles on the Wellford Family of Fredericksburg, the Kenmore Brigade, artist Annie Jean Arnaud, George A. Mills and The People’s Mission, and the poems of Fredericksburg resident, Frank Fratoe. 

Watch for more information in upcoming newsletter issues and on HFFI’s Facebook page.
Upcoming HFFI Events

Knox Letters - Book Launch

October 27, 2013 ~ 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Kenmore Inn
1200 Princess Anne Street

Please join us in partnership with the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center for the launch of our latest publication.  RSVPs appreciated - see article in this newsletter for more details.

Culpeper Meet-up:
The Hot Club of San Francisco

Nov. 16, 2013 ~ show at 8:00pm
State Theater
Culpeper, Virginia

Enjoy a day in our fellow historic community, Culpeper, Virginia.  Spend the day shopping, dining, and adventuring or just come for the evening show.

43rd Annual Candlelight Tour

Dec. 14-15, 2013 ~ 11:00am - 5:00pm
Downtown Fredericksburg

Celebrate the holidays with HFFI while enjoying the beauty of downtown's most stunning homes.  Tickets now on sale!


Additional Virginia History Events

Oct. 18-19:  “James Monroe: Life and Legacy” Symposium—James Monroe Museum & The University of Mary Washington

Nov. 3:  "Women Adorned” Exhibit opening—Fredericksburg Area Museum & Cultural Center

Nov. 16:  “Preserving the 18th century in the 21st” Symposium—Gunston Hall

Dec. 1:  Mary Washington House Candlelight Tour—Washington Heritage Museums

43rd Annual Candlelight Tour

Tickets for the 43rd Annual Candlelight Tour are on sale now!  This year’s tour covers a collection of beautiful homes in the lower Caroline neighborhood that are sure to delight. 

Tickets are available at the Lewis Store, the Fredericksburg Visitors Center, the Spotsylvania Visitors Center, 25 30 Espresso, Amy’s Café, and online through HFFI’s website (
Are you a fan of HFFI’s Candlelight Tour?  Would you like to get more involved?  Well, HFFI is looking for volunteers!  Join us backstage, meet some new friends, and help us make this year’s Candlelight Tour event another huge success!  If interested, please contact Lori Syner at 540-371-4504 or

Downtown Business Spotlight

In Irish folklore, do you know what the Leprechaun’s occupation is?  Keep reading to find out! 
This month’s featured downtown business is Irish Eyes of Virginia, home of Virginia’s finest Irish imports and premier heraldic research center.  Located at 725 Caroline Street in the city’s downtown historic district, this charming shop offers a truly unique Irish experience. 
Looking for a special gift or maybe a treat for yourself?  Well, look no further!  Irish Eyes offers a wide selection of attractive jewelry, hand knitted items, and other unique collectibles.  Whether searching for a distinctive wedding, baptismal, or first communion gift, or perhaps something for Christmas, the staff at Irish Eyes can help you find the perfect item. 
Interested in researching your family’s history?  The folks at Irish Eyes can help there, too.  Visitors to their in-store Heraldic Research Center and website ( gain access to a wealth of information and unique research tools and resources sure to help you fill in your family tree.  In fact, using these methods, owner Mike Esler found that his ancestral roots connect all the way back to Fredericksburg’s one time resident James Monroe.
Irish Eyes of Virginia is a place everyone (even a little green shoemaker) would appreciate!

Irish Eyes of Virginia
725 Caroline Street


Thank you to our Sponsors!

THANK YOU to all of the sponsors that support HFFI and its mission. We couldn't do it without you!  Please support the businesses that support us.

This month’s featured corporate sponsor is Lewis Insurance Associates, a full-service property, casualty, bond, health, and life insurance agency that has been serving clients throughout Virginia and Maryland for more than 30 years.  Founded in 1973, their company slogan still rings true, "large enough to serve, small enough to care."

Their office is conveniently located at 1192 Jeff Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA  22405.  Stop by to see how they can help you with your insurance needs or learn more about their variety of services at
HFFI would like to thank Lewis Insurance for their generous donation to the Annual Candlelight Tour.  Much of the printing done for the Candlelight Tour event is possible because of Lewis Insurance Associates’ generosity.

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