HFFI's Annual Meeting is this Sunday, March 23rd at 2:00.  It will be held at Library Headquarters - 1201 Caroline St. - We'll see you there!
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HFFI Annual Meeting—March 23rd, 2:00 PM

HFFI’s Annual Meeting is only a few days away.  We hope you have it marked on your calendar! 
The meeting will be held on Sunday, March 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library (1201 Caroline Street).  Come learn what HFFI has been up to and help us celebrate this year’s annual Preservation Award winners!
The event will also feature a presentation by guest speaker, Elizabeth Daly, entitled, “Woman Power: The Women of Fredericksburg Step Up” discussing the women who pioneered Fredericksburg’s early preservation movement, and a brief ceremony to honor this year’s recipients of the Trail to Freedom Committee’s William H. Carney Award, recognizing members of the community for their selfless contributions to the preservation of Virginia’s African-American history.  The meeting will begin at 2:00 pm and is open to the public. Attendees are invited to a reception immediately following the meeting.
This is also a great opportunity to renew your membership for 2014 and purchase tickets to upcoming events.
We look forward to seeing you there!

New permit rules for the Historic District

The City recently amended its permitting policies to provide additional safeguards and strengthening efforts that will preserve the unique character of the downtown Historic District.
As noted in a letter issued by the city’s Building Services Division, effective February 3rd, 2014, any proposed work involving “the installation of replacement siding, roofing, and windows” within the Historic District will now require a permit and a Certificate of Appropriateness from the City’s Architectural Review Board (ARB).  In addition, work involving any material changes that would affect a building’s architectural features or structure may also be subject to ARB review and approval.
The downtown area’s historic buildings and streetscapes are invaluable assets; assets that play a key role in maintaining this city’s economic vitality and quality of life.  They are also a nonrenewable resource; once they are lost they are gone forever. 
Elements such as windows, doors, and siding are important, character-defining features that contribute to, and help convey a building’s historic and architectural character. Their unnecessary loss, through demolition, neglect, or replacement with modern materials, not only affects the building itself but also contributes to a cumulative impact on the surrounding neighborhood and larger Historic District.  
With each loss, we slowly erode the qualities that make Fredericksburg such an appealing place to live, work, and visit. The city’s new permitting policy is crucial to ensuring that our amazing historic downtown is preserved for future generations.  
Owners should carefully consider the pros and cons before replacing their historic home’s windows or siding. Historic wooden windows, if properly maintained, will last considerably longer than the 25–30 year shelf life of modern vinyl units, and, when appropriately retrofitted, can not only save energy, but money as well.  
To learn more, read about the benefits of repairing and retrofitting historic windows in the Preservation Green Lab report here. And, be sure to visit the HFFI table at this year’s Earth Day Celebration in Old Mill Park on Saturday April 12th.
If you have any questions about the city’s new permit requirements, please contact Erik Nelson at 372-1179 or or Steve Smallwood at 372-1080 or

Journal of Fredericksburg History—Volume 14
The next issue (Volume 14) of HFFI’s Journal of Fredericksburg History is scheduled to arrive, hot off the press, this Friday, March 21st!  Be sure to come to our Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 23rd to pick up your copy. 

This latest volume includes a Forward written by the co-chairs of HFFI’s Publications Committee, Kerri Barile and Carthon Davis, III, and an eclectic mix of interesting and scholarly articles by local authors and historians:
  • “An Eventful Spot in the History of the Confederacy”: Forest Hill at Hamilton’s Crossing, Virginia, by Rebecca Campbell Light
  • The Poems of Frank Fratoe, by Frank Fratoe
  • Annie Jean Arnaud, by Nancy Moore
  • George A. Mills and the People’s Mission, by Rev. Jeffrey Garth Edmunds,
  • The Kenmore Brigade, by Tomi Reneau
Be sure to pick up your copy on Sunday!
Full House!
The first two HFFI events for 2014 were each a huge success!  Guests packed the house for both the Lewis Store Open House on February 23rd and the Dressing the Modern Woman presentation on March 15th! 
Barbra Anderson’s History of Lafayette Boulevard presentation was enjoyed by many guests on perhaps the most beautiful February Sunday we’ve seen in a long time. The requests have already started coming in for more talks and presentations. If you have a topic that you would like to see highlighted, please let us know. 
The seats for the Dressing the Modern Woman presentation held at the Fredericksburg Area Museum on March 15th were quickly filled and all in attendance enjoyed the show. The presentation included 18th-century Era clothing from the Rappahanock Colonial Heritage Society, Civil War Era clothing from the Civil War Civilians of Spotsylvania, and Victorian Bustle Era clothing from a member of the Costumer’s Guild West. 
Be sure to keep an eye out for the other events HFFI has planned for 2014– they are sure to be just as popular! 

Membership Renewal

Calling all HFFI members… It’s that time of year again!   We need your support in 2014!    
Your membership contributions (which are tax deductible!) are vital to our preservation efforts.
Not yet a member of HFFI? Please consider joining us and support our efforts to preserve the unique historic places and character and of our community. 
You can join or renew your membership online, or you can mail a check to our offices. Our members receive a variety of discounts and benefits, and your contribution is tax deductible! Click here to learn more.

Additional Virginia Historic Site Events

3/22: The Science of History: Reinterpreting Historic Houses in the 21st Century—Historic Kenmore

4/5-6: Theatrical Performance about the lives of Betty & Fielding Lewis—Historic Kenmore

5/3-4: Montpelier Wine Festival—Montpelier

5/3-6: 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Wilderness—National Park Service

5/7-10 : 2014 Family History Conference—National Genealogical Society

5/8-18: 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House—National Park Service

6/23-27: History Camp—Ferry Farm

6/27-29: Robert E. Lee Symposium on Civil War History—Stratford Hall

7/7-8: Major Monroe's History Camp—James Monroe Museum


The Community Give

Mark your calendars!  Set your alarms! The Community Give event is coming! 
On May 6, 2014, non-profits across the Rappahannock region will be part of a community-wide day of giving organized by The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region

Within a 24-hour period, Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc., along with many other local organizations, will attempt to raise money through online donations. Prizes, made possible by the event’s generous sponsors, will be awarded to the participants throughout the day.
Donate early in the day, donate late at night—anything you give (minus a small processing fee) will go directly to HFFI and may even help us win an additional cash prize!  
Together, we can help preserve Fredericksburg’s colorful past for future generations.
Upcoming HFFI Events

HFFI Annual Meeting
Sunday, March 23, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 PM

Library Headquarters,
1201 Caroline Street

Mark it on your calendar now and gather with us to celebrate the accomplishments and progress of HFFI in 2013.  Speaker Elizabeth Daly will also be presenting her research on the female pioneers of preservation in Fredericksburg.

Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 12, 2014
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Old Mill Park,
2410 Caroline Street

Join us in Old Mill Park to celebrate Earth Day and see how "green" preservation and the reuse of historic buildings can be!  The HFFI Jr. Archaeology Lab that will be up and running—we'll see you there!

The Community Give
Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Support HFFI in this regional day of giving.  There is only 24 hours to make your donation —Don't miss it!

Jane Beale Tea
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Braehead Manor Bed & Breakfast and Wedding & Event Center
123 Lee Drive

Enjoy an afternoon of tea the way Jane would have at beautiful Braehead Manor.  Hear excerpts from her diary while enjoying delicious treats!  There will be two seatings for the tea, 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Tickets will go on sale Sunday, March 23rd at the Annual Meeting.

Fredericksburg Social at Roxbury Farm & Garden Center
Thursday, June 19, 2014
601 Lafayette Blvd.

Enjoy appetizers and beverages while surrounded by the beautiful flowers of Roxbury's Nursery.  Tours of the property will be available throughout the evening.


For more information on these events visit our website at  And to stay up to the minute on all of HFFI happenings, follow us on Facebook.
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