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Do We Value Our Historic Landscape?

Fredericksburg is a city steeped in history; more so than most. And, whether by design or fortunate circumstance, we are very privileged to have so much of that history preserved. It is a fundamental part of what makes this city so uniquely appealing to those who live, work, and play here.
Surrounded by such bounty, it’s sometimes easy to take it for granted and forget how essential our preserved past is to sustaining this community’s economic and cultural vitality.   
With every demolition, every replaced historic window, and every out-of-scale infill project, we lose a bit more of what makes Fredericksburg special… that draws people and new private investments here… that keeps this city from becoming nothing more than another rest stop off I-95.
More and more, such losses—and the continuing erosion of our community’s historic fabric—are shrugged off as unavoidable or sometimes even necessary; a sacrifice in the name of economic growth.
Enough is enough—if we aren’t careful we will not have the elements left to call it a Downtown Historic District. 
Then where will we be?  The lack of these historic resources will affect our Heritage Tourism, downtown economic situation, and the quality of living for citizens in the surrounding area. 
Once it is gone, it is gone forever.
What are we as a community going to do about it?  HFFI will continue to fight inappropriate construction and alterations; we will speak up for the neglected historic homes and contribute to the conversations at City Hall.  But we can only do so much with our limited resources, volunteers, and funds. 
Each person that lives, works and enjoys Fredericksburg and its history must speak up and let our City Council know what is important to them.
Contact your representative or a member of council and let them know what you value in Fredericksburg. 
Let us at HFFI know what you want us to stand up and speak for. 
Join us at HFFI working to stay abreast of all preservation issues, send a clear message, and preserve our valuable cultural resources.
Together we can keep Fredericksburg Historic.


Historic Pub Tour of Downtown Fredericksburg

Do you enjoy history and a sociable evening out with friends at a few local pubs?  Then join us on Saturday evening, July 26th, for our Historic Pub Tour of Downtown Fredericksburg!
We will learn the history of social establishments dating from Colonial to present day from a variety of tour guides.  The tour will visit approximately 10 locations, last about 5 hours, and we will stop for a “break” at four locations.  Attendees must be at least 21 to attend, and guests should be comfortable with walking 1–1½ miles.
Admission is $15 for HFFI members, and $20 for non-members.  Advance reservations are required and spots are limited.  Don’t wait—call today to reserve your place!  540-371-4504
Read more about the tour locations and the event in the latest edition of the Front Porch or at

Vintage Route 1 Tour & Community Day

The Vintage Route 1 Event is right around the corner—are you ready!?
Our researchers have been hard at work for months finding facts and images for our 20th-century history exhibits, tour guides have been scouting downtown for locations to entertain guests on our streetcar and walking tours, and the activities in Riverfront Park are stacking up! 
Be sure to mark Saturday, September 6th, on your calendar and attend this year’s festivities!
This year the history exhibits will move to Riverfront Park, joining our already long list of wonderful, free, family-friendly activities.  The Vintage Fashion Show will take place on stage between live musical acts, children’s activities will happen throughout the park, and classic cars will be on display for fans of all ages.
Pick up the latest copy of the Fredericksburg Guidebook to find not only the best of Fredericksburg, but also an article about early travel on roads like US Route 1.
Interested in being part of the Vintage Route 1 event?  We need lots of volunteers to help put on this fun-filled day.  You can help sell tour tickets, lend a hand at the Jr. Archaeology Lab, or dress up in your vintage 20th-century apparel and help us spread the word!  We hope you’ll come join us and help us bring history to life in Fredericksburg. Contact us at to get involved.
HFFI would like to thank the Fredericksburg EDA JumpStart! Program and Creative Color Printing and Mailing  for supporting the Vintage Route 1 Event.
Memorials Commission

Is there an individual who 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 the 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.


Additional Virginia Historic Site Events

7/19: Medical Practice in the Colonial and Early National Eras—Mercer Apothecary & Monroe Museum

7/26: Medical Living History Event at Ellwood Manor—Friends of Wilderness Battlefield

8/1: First Friday History Trivia—James Monroe Museum

8/2: Saturday in Mary's Garden—Mary Washington House

8/4: Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps at Kenmore—Historic Kenmore

8/9-10: Meet the Generals—Stratford Hall

8/23: "Every Species of Lawless Adventure": James Monroe and the Fight against Piracy—James Monroe Museums

8/23: "Pirates and Punch" The history of piracy and rum with tasting to follow—James Monroe Museums

8/30: Hallowed Ground/ FAMCC Tour of Washington Heights—Hallowed Ground Tours

9/5: First Friday History Trivia—James Monroe Museum

9/22: Princess Anne Hotel 100-year Anniversary
Please check with the sponsoring organizations prior to any event to confirm details.

History Calendar—Additional events compiled by Clint Schemmer

Upcoming HFFI Events

Historic Pub Tour of Downtown
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Downtown Fredericksburg

Learn about historic downtown taverns, pubs, bars, and watering holes!  From Thomas Jefferson to the train depot we'll stop in a variety of establishments (some for a beverage) then continue walking.  Guests must be 21+ and be able to walk 1–1½ miles. Contact HFFI for advanced reservations at 540-371-4504.

Vintage Route 1 Tour & Community Day
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Riverfront Park- Sophia Street

HFFI's annual celebration of Fredericksburg's 20th-century history is back!  Mark it on your calendar and start practicing your hula hooping, it's going to be a fun day! Tickets for the Walking and Streetcar Tours go on sale soon!


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.

Looking for 1940s Images

Do you have a photograph of friends or family in Fredericksburg from the 1940s?  Images of weddings, people working, high school students, or Mom cooking in the kitchen? 

The 2014 Vintage Route 1 Event is looking for images of Fredericksburg and its residents during the 1940s to use in this year’s exhibit display.  

If you have one and you would allow us to scan and return to you (we can even do it while you wait so it never leaves your sight!), please contact us at or 540-371-4504.

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