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 12â€“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 streetsâ€”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.
Donâ€™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 courthouseâ€”the historic Renwick Building
. The building (and our gift shop) will be open to the public (Dec 12â€“13, 11 a.m.â€“5 p.m.), giving visitors the opportunity to see the upstairs courtroom and learn about the buildingâ€™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 12â€“13 in downtown for this yearâ€™s tour!
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 HFFIâ€™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
. Letâ€™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 Fredericksburgâ€™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 Washingtonâ€™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 Fredericksburgâ€™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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 atmosphereâ€”we are interested in hearing from you all!
Please contact us at email@example.com
or 540-371-4504 to speak with Erin Benitez our Office Manager.