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Upcoming Events


Vintage Route 1 Car Hop at Family Diner
August 24, 2013 ~ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
2100 Princess Anne Street

Get in the Route 1 spirit by stopping by the Family Diner for dinner and an evening with HFFI! Bring your classic car to show off- get 5 free raffle tickets!

Vintage Route 1 Tour & Community Day
Sept. 7, 2013 ~ 10:00am - 5:00pm
Riverfront Park, Fredericksburg

Come learn about Fredericksburg's 20th century history and have fun doing it!  Tours of the original Route 1, classic cars, vintage clothing and more!

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 we would like to highlight our sponsor and fellow history enthusiast, Bill Garnett, proprietor of Garnett Warehouse—Antiques, Obscurities & Oddities.

Garnett Warehouse contains an interesting and eclectic collection including items ranging from the Victorian era and earlier through Mid-Century Modern. Bill has an eye for finding what his costumers want, including furniture, photos, signs, dishware, and much more. Garnett Warehouse has a treasure for everyone.
Available by appointment only, this amazing collection can be seen at
509-2 Jackson Street, right across the street from Roxbury Farms & Garden Center. Call 540-424-2448 for more information or stop by—the door just might be open.

HFFI would like to thank Bill Garnett for his amazing support of the Vintage Route 1 Event. He has opened up his collection of historic photos and postcards and allowed us to share this piece of Fredericksburg’s history with all of you. He is a true patron of history.


Let the Route 1 Events Begin!

Help us kick off the festivities at the HFFI Car Hop on Saturday, August 24th. Stop by The Family Diner (2100 Caroline Street) for dinner and a chance to win some great raffle prizes. We’ll have cool classic cars and activities for the kids too, so bring the whole family!  Do you have a classic car you like to show off?  Bring it to the Family Diner Saturday from 4:00 -8:00 pm (August 24th) and receive 5 free raffle tickets! 
Then on Saturday, September 7th, join us for HFFI’s 2nd annual Vintage Route 1 Tour & Downtown Community Day! Events will be taking place at several downtown locations:
Riverfront Park, sponsored by the AAA Fredericksburg Store, will host a classic car display from the Historic Fredericksburg Region Antique Automobile Club of America and free kids’ activities brought to you by Learn n’ Play. Guests will also enjoy a Vintage Fashion Show and live music on stage sponsored by Garnett Antique Warehouse.
Streetcar tours of Lafayette Boulevard and walking tours of Princess Anne Street will take place throughout the day. Tours will depart from 803 Princess Anne Street—on the Hanover Street side. Tickets for tours are on sale now at the Lewis Store, the Visitors Center, and online at HFFI members receive a discount on all tour tickets.
HFFI’s  20th-century Fredericksburg history exhibit, featuring some wonderful historic photos and ephemera, will be on display (free of charge) in the Baker Room of the Masonic Lodge (803 Princess Anne Street). Come explore and learn about the city’s more recent past.
Be sure to keep an eye on our website for details on special events and the great deals available at businesses throughout downtown.  Events such as wine tastings, furniture painting demonstrations, and lunch specials will be happening one day only for the Vintage Route 1 Event!  Be sure to see it all!

Please support the businesses that support HFFI!  Tell them HFFI and Vintage Route 1 sent you!


The Past in Print!

HFFI has teamed with the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center to publish our newest Rappahannock Series offering: The Circle Unbroken: Civil War Letters of the Knox Family of Fredericksburg.
In 2011, dozens of letters written by members of the Knox family during the Civil War, all amazingly preserved for the past 150 years, were donated to the Heritage Center. The Center’s staff then began the monumental task of painstakingly researching and transcribing the letters, while HFFI assisted with layout, editing, and cartography for the new publication.
Written both from the Knox home on Princess Anne Street (now the Kenmore Inn) and from the battlefield, the letters reveal astounding details about wartime Fredericksburg and the experiences of its residents during the tumultuous period between 1861 and 1865.
The resulting volume is a time capsule offering an ordinary family’s unique perspective on one of the most dramatic chapters in our city’s and our nation’s history. The book’s release is scheduled for this October during a launch event hosted by the Kenmore Inn. Stay tuned for details!


Curious Compass

Coming soon!  HFFI has been working with Curious Compass, a technology and app creation company, to develop an interactive and educational tool designed to help kids, as well as adults, experience and learn about Fredericksburg’s rich and storied past. Curious Compass has already produced a unique tour app that offers the chance to walk in the shoes of a Civil War soldier and make decisions that help shape the story as you go.
The company’s newest offering, the Historic Route 1 App, is due out this fall. Developed in cooperation with HFFI, this guided tour celebrates the city’s 20th-century past, allowing users to experience downtown Fredericksburg as it was in 1955. The app will be available through iTunes for download to your iPhone or iPad.
Stay tuned for more information, or keep an eye on our Facebook Page for release updates.

HFFI Photo Archive

Work has begun on the HFFI photo archive overhaul. HFFI’s archives document a wide range of people, places, and events from Fredericksburg’s 19th and 20th century past. Volunteers have begun sorting through photographs and removing them from the now outdated and possibly damaging sleeves. Next, they will be placed in up-to-date archival sleeves after scanning and uploading them to our new online database.
Unfortunately, we don’t have enough sleeves to keep all of our photos safe. If you would like to donate to HFFI in support of our updated archive, please click here to do so through PayPal or send a check to HFFI, 1200 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so your donations are tax deductible!
We thank you for helping us keep this wonderful resource safe!
The Fielding Lewis Store c. 1749
1200 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA
-Current HFFI Offices-

Downtown Business Spotlight

Not feeling 100%? Maybe back pain or low energy is keeping you from enjoying life to the fullest? A visit to Chiropractic & Wellness could be just what you need.
Located in the historic Princess Anne building at 904 Princess Anne Street, Dr. Cler Baheri specializes in Chiropractic, Physical Therapeutics, Massage Therapy, Weight Loss, and Whole Food Nutrition.
Dr. Baheri’s holistic approach and commitment to treating each of her patients is clear from the moment you walk into her office. Mention HFFI and receive a complementary consultation.
For more information, call 540-656-2980 or visit her website at

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