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Celebrate Preservation Month with one of the great events happening in Fredericksburg!
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Changes at HFFI


In the last newsletter, we wrote about HFFI’s financial situation and the likelihood of upcoming changes. Below is an update on our operations.
 
Recently, HFFI’s Executive Director, Sean Maroney, has decided to resign and move on to other opportunities. We are sorry to see him leave—his talents, skills, and personality will be greatly missed. Sean will be finishing up his time with HFFI at the end of May and as of June 1st, we will begin to operate without an Executive Director. Currently there is no immediate plan to fill the position until we are more financially stable.
 
HFFI is still dedicated to our core mission of working to preserve Fredericksburg’s history and its historic landscape. Our Easement Program and Candlelight Tour will continue, as well as our many other programs, such as the Marker Program, which will continue to serve the local community.
 
Now more than ever, HFFI will need the financial support and physical assistance of volunteers such as you. If you are interested in donating your time to HFFI through research, administrative assistance, event support, or the archival departments, we would love to have you! Please call or email for more information. 540-371-4504, office@hffi.org.
 
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The Community Give—A Success!!

 On Tuesday, May 5th, the Community Give raised more than $800,000 for area nonprofits! What an amazing accomplishment and testament to the generosity of our region’s residents!
 
This year, HFFI more than doubled the funds it raised in 2014. The total donations received through the Community Give for HFFI was $2,725! This is in addition to the recent donations from supporters in response to the Board of Directors’ letter. We are very thankful to everyone that believes in and supports HFFI and its mission.
 
If you missed the chance to donate at the Community Give but would like to support HFFI, please consider sending a check or donating online through Paypal on our website. Learn more on our website and click the yellow “Donate” button in the upper right area of the home page.
 
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Historic Elmhurst Home Tour

This past Saturday, May 16th, was the HFFI Spring Home Tour for HFFI Members, and what a beautiful day it was! It was warm, but the shade provided by Elmhurst’s delightful front porch made it more than enjoyable. Guests learned the history of the home and surrounding property, as well as taking a tour of the building to learn about its architecture, contents, and the painstaking renovations done by the homeowners.
 
HFFI would like to send a huge thank you to the homeowners, Jim and Susan Pates, for their generosity in allowing HFFI to use their home for the HFFI Spring Home Tour. Their dedication to preservation in Fredericksburg is evident by their tireless efforts on city boards and personally. Elmhurst sparkled for the tour and was decorated meticulously, including spectacular flower arrangements throughout the home. A special thank you as well to all of the volunteers who helped make the day a success. Tour guides, decorators, and hosts made the day a memorable one for everyone.
 
If you missed the tour and want to learn more about the Italianate home and view a slideshow of images, read The Washington Post article here. Or if detailed historical information is more your thing, the National Register nomination prepared by Dovetail Cultural Resource Group in 2008 can be found here.
 
Make sure to keep your HFFI membership up to date so you don’t miss great Members-only events like this!
 

Upcoming HFFI Events


Historic Pub Tour,
Caroline Street

Saturday, June 13

Downtown Fredericksburg

An encore of the 2014 tour will show patrons the current and bygone taverns and eateries of the Caroline Street area.

See article in this newsletter for more information!

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Grub in the 'Burg
Sunday, July 12
2:00 p.m.

Library Headquarters
1201 Caroline Street

Local historian Barbra Anderson will present a pictorial history of Fredericksburg's restaurants and eateries. This event is free and open to the public.
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Vintage Route 1 Event
Saturday, September 12

General Washington Executive Center
2217 Princess Anne Street

HFFI's celebration of Fredericksburg's 20th-century history returns with new stories, a new tour, and a new location!
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Historic Pub Tour,
William Street
Saturday, October 3

Downtown Fredericksburg

This brand new tour will focus on Fredericksburg's "Restaurant Row" and it's interesting history.
 
Save the date!
July 12th, Grub in the Burg—Free Lecture

Dining in Fredericksburg today brings a variety of options, and the histories of lunch counters, hotdog stands, and glamorous dining establishments are just as copious. Join historian Barbra Anderson for a free lecture on July 12th at the Fredericksburg Library (1201 Caroline Street) to learn about Fredericksburg’s culinary past.
 
The lecture will include a wonderful collection of images as well as stories attached to these Fredericksburg landmarks.
 
Event will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. and should last approximately 1 hour.

 
June 13th—HFFI Historic Pub Tour, Caroline Street

Back by popular demand!

HFFI has found another great way to combine historic buildings and a fun social event with its Historic Pub Tour. The tour in June will be a repeat of the event from last summer; so if you missed it last year, don’t delay purchasing tickets! The tour will be slightly different with a few alternate locations.
 
The tour is from 5–8 p.m. and will be about 3/4 mile of walking. Cost is $15 for HFFI members and $20 for non-members. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
 
Reservations are now being taken, call 540-371-4504 to pay and ensure your spot. All reservations MUST be paid for in advance.


 

Additional Virginia Historic Site Events



5/23: Fredericksburg National Cemetery Illumination—NPS, Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center

5/23: Building George's House-Stone Masonry Demonstration—Ferry Farm

5/25: Annual Memorial Day Ceremony—NPS, Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center

6/5: First Friday—Downtown Fredericksburg

6/6: Downtown Fredericksburg Antique Automobile Show—Historic Fredericksburg Region AACA

6/6-7: Living History Weekend—NPS, Chatham Manor

6/27: Building George's House-Timber Hewing Demonstration—Ferry Farm

6/22-26: History Camp in Fredericksburg—George Washington Foundation & Washington Heritage Museums

6/28: Elizabeth Monroe Birthday Celebration—James Monroe Museum

7/6-7: Major Monroe's History Camp—James Monroe Museum

7/25: Building George's House-Brick Masonry Demonstration—Ferry Farm

 
Please check with the sponsoring organizations prior to any event to confirm details.

 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Please support the businesses that support HFFI
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