Catch up on the latest Preservation News and learn about HFFI's Upcoming Events!

Upcoming Events

First Friday at the Lewis Store

October 4, 2013 ~ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
1200 Caroline Street

Stop in to see us and view the first in a series of exhibits on Fredericksburg's 20th-century history

Fredericksburg Farmers Market

October 5, 2013 ~ 7:00am - 2:00pm
Hurkamp Park

Pick up some local produce, baked goods, and handcrafted items -then stop by and say hi at the HFFI tent!

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 - see more info in this newsletter

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

Thank you to our Sponsors

A big 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 the AAA Car Care, Insurance, and Travel Center in Fredericksburg. Their generous donation to the Vintage Route 1 event was very much appreciated and contributed greatly to the success of the day.   

AAA Travel Center and Route 1 Road Trips—they go hand in hand!
The AAA Car Care, Insurance, and Travel Center, located at 1171 Central Park Blvd #100 in Fredericksburg, is open to both AAA members and non-members.  It features honest certified technicians, a comfortable waiting area, and free local shuttle service.  Get peace-of-mind auto repairs that you can trust and get 15% off brake pads during September.  Plus, AAA members always receive a 10% discount!
Check out AAA at or call 540-785-0282.  Stop by today for reliable car care service and help with all your travel needs.
1171 Central Park Blvd #100
Fredericksburg, VA 22401


Preservation News

The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. provides up-to-date information on local preservation issues and happenings of importance to our community.  If you have any questions or would like to get involved in HFFI’s advocacy efforts, please contact us at 540-371-4504 or
One Hanover Condominium Project—On August 27th, the City Council approved the special-use and special-exception permits requested by the owners of the proposed One Hanover condominium complex at the corner of Sophia and Hanover Streets.  Construction is expected to begin once the Architectural Review Board (ARB) has reviewed and approved of the building’s design.  Read more about it here.
Demolition of 718 Sophia Street and 106 & 108 Hanover Street—These three, ca.-1930s buildings will be demolished to make way for the recently approved One Hanover condominium complex.  
Demolition of the northern portion of 1700 Caroline Street—At their September 9th meeting, the city’s ARB approved the demolition of a post-1934 addition to the historic silk throwing mill, located at the corner of Herndon and Caroline Streets.  The property’s owner has agreed to preserve a 3
4 foot portion of the brick wall connecting it to the current building (which is used for event space) to help show the mill complex’s physical evolution.  Read the full ARB application here.
ARB positions to open up
Two seats will be open on the Fredericksburg ARB starting in January 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.
Princess Anne Street stone wall repairs—Work on the stone wall at 1210 Princess Anne Street was recently completed to repair damage incurred during the April 2013 EF-1 tornado. HFFI would like to commend the Reid family and Van Zandt Restorations for their efforts to preserve this historic downtown property.  The Reids have been great stewards of this historic property and are also repairing additional damage done by the storm, much at their own expense, including one of the original chimneys and the standing seam metal roof.



First FridayOctober 4th

Join HFFI at the historic Lewis Store on October 4th for First Friday in Downtown Fredericksburg.  This first in a series of 20th-century history exhibits from the Vintage Route 1 event will be on display, as well as featured photographs from the Vintage Fashion Show.  Take this opportunity, before the weather gets cold, to enjoy First Friday downtown.  The Lewis Store (1200 Caroline Street) will be open from 6–8 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Save the Date!Sunday, October 27th

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.

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 this amazing new book. 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. Reenactors from the 30th Virginia will be there to greet you—the same regiment joined by the Knox boys 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; See you there!


Vintage Route 1 Review

The Vintage Route 1 Tour and Downtown Community Day, which took place on Saturday, September 7th,  was a grand success!  All in attendance enjoyed the walking and streetcar tours as well as the 20th-century history exhibits.  Riverfront Park was a buzz of activity as children cleaned historic artifacts, learned about road safety from Fredericksburg AAA, and enjoyed a variety of kid’s activities.  The Vintage Fashion Show was a flurry of stylish clothing and retro eyelashes—and judging by the cheers from the audience, it was a hit.  

We look forward to hosting the Vintage Route 1 event again next year and would love to get you involved.  If you or your business would like to be part of the day, or if you just want to share a story or images from Fredericksburg’s 20th-century past, please contact us at, or call the Lewis Store at 540-371-4504.
Did you miss the event this year?  Then stop by the Lewis Store on October 4th for First Friday to enjoy the first in a series of Route 1 history exhibits and pick up your free event guidebook full of vintage photos and historic info. 


Historic Research on YOUR
Home or Building

The HFFI Marker Committee researchers are now available if you would like to uncover the interesting history of your City home or building.  Using deeds, tax records, maps, old newspapers, and other resources, our research will bring together past owners, dates, and events to tell the story of your property.  Our information will also allow you to order one of HFFI’s attractive and desirable bronze markers. 
Obtaining a marker does not restrict your home or building in any way; it simply shows our collective pride in the architecture and history of our community.  To be researched and receive a marker, however, your home or building must be at least 50 years old. 
More information on the Marker Program is available at  To apply for research or get additional information, please call the Lewis Store at 540-371-4504.

Downtown Business Spotlight

Do you have a musical side just waiting to get out?  Maybe there’s a guitar sitting in the corner of your basement that hasn’t been played in years, or perhaps you’ve dreamed of playing the banjo?  Well look no further than Caroline Street in Downtown Fredericksburg!  Picker’s Supply, located at 902 Caroline Street, is the downtown headquarters for all things stringed.  
New and used instruments can be purchased at Picker’s Supply, including vintage instruments and hard-to-find parts.   More than 30 teachers are available for lessons at a variety of times—one is sure to fit your needs and schedule.  And these teachers aren’t limited to strings—vocal, piano, songwriting, and drums are just a few of the additional options.  Be sure to check out the Picker’s Supply website at to see the large variety of services, including instrument appraisal and equipment rental. 
HFFI and the Vintage Route 1 Event would like to thank Picker’s Supply for donating the use of a sound system for the Vintage Fashion Show and live music featured at the Riverfront Park Stage on September 7th.  We appreciate all that you do for downtown Fredericksburg!

Annual Candlelight Tour

The 43rd Annual Candlelight Tour is coming up soon!  This year’s tour covers a collection of beautiful homes in the Lower Caroline neighborhood that are sure to delight.  Tickets go on sale October 1st and will be available at the Lewis Store, the Fredericksburg Visitors Center, and online through HFFI’s website (
Do you enjoy HFFI’s yearly Candlelight Tour?  Then you should join us and volunteer to help out!  See how the whole production goes together, get a chance to meet like-minded people, and have fun while doing it! 
We need volunteers to help host/docent in the homes, serve as head host/ hostess, work in the HFFI gift shop, and assist with planning and setting up the event.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Lori at 540-371-4504 or
The Candlelight Tour committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m., at the Lewis Store (1200 Caroline Street).  Feel free to stop by!

Decorators Needed

Are you a decorator that would enjoy the opportunity to work in one of the amazing downtown homes for HFFI’s Candlelight Tour?  We are still seeking holiday decorators for this year’s event and would love to include you.  If you are interested, contact Lori at 540-371-4504 for more information.

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