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Holidays in the 'Burg!

Prepare to deck the halls and fa-la-la-la-la all the way to Downtown Fredericksburg this holiday season! Downtown Fredericksburg has a full schedule of fun holiday events lined up, and here at the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. we are preparing for an amazing 45th Annual Candlelight Tour of Historic Homes!
The tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 12–13. Tickets are on sale now and available online as well as at multiple locations, including the Lewis Store (1200 Caroline Street) and the Fredericksburg Visitors Center (706 Caroline Street). Visit our website for more ticket sales locations and details.
The tour this year will take place in the area northwest of downtown near Prince Edward, Amelia, and Charles streets—a part of downtown that is steeped in history and will be sparkling for the holiday season. A bonus house, 1200 Prince Edward Street will be open on Saturday evening for those that purchase tickets to the Evening Candlelight Tour & Cocktail Party. The cocktail party, hosted at the Inn at the Olde Silk Mill, will include live music, delicious food, and a cocktail bar. A silent auction will be held as well with exquisite items to bid on. Tickets to the evening tour are available online or at the Lewis Store.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see and learn the history of these beautiful historic homes. And as a bonus this year, our gift shop will be located in the old courthouse—the historic Renwick Building. The building (and our gift shop) will be open to the public (Dec 12–13, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.), giving visitors the opportunity to see the upstairs courtroom and learn about the building’s history from exhibits prepared by HFFI volunteers. Thank you to the City of Fredericksburg for opening up this wonderful building for the public to enjoy.
We look forward to seeing you on December 12–13 in downtown for this year’s tour!


Preservation Matters

On Tuesday, November 10, the City Council met to discuss the October 26 Architectural Review Board (ARB) approval for the site plan and scale and massing of the proposed townhouses on the 300 Block of George Street.
The proposed townhouses would be located next to the historic National Bank building, and the construction process would include the demolition of the current bank drive-through structures. At the November 10 meeting (as well as the public hearing for the ARB application in September), HFFI Board President Emily Taggart Schricker spoke against the large size of the buildings and voiced HFFI’s concern that it would overpower the block and nearby buildings.
Discussions will continue at the December 8 City Council meeting. Please consider coming out to support our historic downtown. Let’s show the City Council what we value in our city! Consider saying a few words at the meeting or just come be present to stand up when HFFI speaks to show your support.
Read the Preservation Alert email sent out by HFFI prior to the meeting here.
Read the Free Lance-Star article about the City Council discussion and vote here.

Can You Help HFFI and Our Book Inventory?

In 2010, HFFI embarked on a publications initiative to bring some of Fredericksburg’s most valued historic information into the hands of the community.
The project has been very successful with the release of four outstanding books. A Woman in a War Torn Town: The Journal of Jane Howison Beale, George Washington’s Fredericksburg, The Circle Unbroken: Civil War Letters of the Knox Family of Fredericksburg, and Fredericksburg: The Official Guide. As a result we have sold many copies of our books and shared the stories of Fredericksburg’s history with new audiences, but there are still a large number of books left in our inventory.
We are looking to you, our friends and members, to help us store and keep these books safe. The HFFI Board of Directors is looking to move our book inventory into a temperature-controlled storage unit and is hoping to have a unit donated or financed by one of you, our community.
If you are interested in helping HFFI with this opportunity, please contact our President, Emily Taggart Schricker, at or 540-371-4504.
Call for Entertainers!

Are you part of a choir or entertainment group? Would your group be interested in donating your skills to perform during the day at the 45th Annual HFFI Candlelight Tour?
Each year during our Candlelight Tour of homes in our historic neighborhoods, we include many types of entertainment on the tour route. This year, we would like to include your group or a group you can refer to us. Choirs, musicians, any holiday performances that will add to our festive atmosphere—we are interested in hearing from you all!
Please contact us at or 540-371-4504 to speak with Erin Benitez our Office Manager.


2015 Candlelight Commemorative Ornament

This year's ornament has just arrived and we are ready for your orders!

The 2015 ornament, designed by Sue Henderson of Henderson Productions, depicts the decorative finials at the driveway of 307 Amelia Street, Smithsonia. Order yours today online at or by calling the office at 540-371-4504.

Delivery is expected in early December. HFFI Ornament Collectors - Please include your ornament number preference.

Calling all Craftspeople!

Do you run a small business hand making items or selling gift items? The HFFI Candlelight Tour Gift Shop is looking for vendors and crafts people to sell items the weekend of December 12–13. Our expected attendance is 1,500–1,700 people with possibly more coming through because the Renwick building will be open to the public for tours. Don’t miss this great opportunity for some holiday sales!
Please contact us at for more information.  

Public Meeting Scheduled—SEHSR

Tuesday, December 8, will be the third public information meeting for the DC to Richmond Southeast High Speed Rail project. This project has the potential to affect historic resources in the Fredericksburg area. Please visit their website and learn more about this project. These meetings are your opportunity for input BEFORE the project moves forward.
During this meeting, you will learn about and be able to provide input on:
  • Feasible and reasonable improvement alternatives to be carried forward for detailed analysis
  • Potential station locations
  • Track and safety improvements
The meeting will be held at the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street, Fredericksburg 5:00–7:30 p.m., presentation at 6:00 p.m. Visit their website for more information.

Candlelight Tour Volunteers Needed

A big THANK YOU to our Candlelight Tour volunteers! We couldn’t do this, our most important annual fundraiser, without you!
Didn’t volunteer yet?  Don’t worry, you didn’t miss your chance to help—we still need more volunteers. Will you consider helping out? We need hosts/ hostesses and helpers in the gift shop, as well as setup and cleanup people.
If you are interested in helping out the weekend of the tour (December 12–13) please email us at  We would love to have you!

Can you help us spread the word about the Candlelight Tour?

We need to get the word out about Candlelight Tour, and we are looking to YOU for help! 
Can you hang a sign in a business you own? Can you bring brochures to a group you belong to? Can you share the event information with an email forward?
Let us know and we’ll get you what you need. You can stop by the Lewis Store or we can bring them to you—just contact us, and we can sort out the details! or 540-371-4504

Virginia Historic Site Events

11/14-12/31: Window Wonderland—Downtown Fredericksburg

12/4: "A Monroe Christmas" Holiday Open House—
James Monroe Museum

12/4: Holiday Open House—Rising Sun Tavern

12/4: Deck the Halls 2015—
James Monroe Museum

12/6: Candlelight Tour & Open House—Mary Washington House

12/2-13: 45th Annual HFFI Candlelight Tour, Daytime and Evening Tour Tickets Available—HFFI

12/6-30: 29th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit—
Ferry Farm

12/6-30: A Wee Christmas - Dollhouses and Miniatures Show—Kenmore
Please check with the sponsoring organizations prior to any event to confirm details.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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