Read about HFFI's successful petition to City Council, Sunday's Open House, and how you can help shape the future of Fredericksburg!
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City Council delays vote on

Downtown Commercial Zoning changes

The agenda for City Council’s most recent meeting, held February 11th, included several proposed zoning changes for the Downtown Commercial District.  One of these was particularly disturbing to us here at HFFI, and so we decided to engage local residents and voice our concerns to Council.
The amendment in question called for an increase in the city’s 50-foot height restriction for properties located along the west side of Sophia Street.  Under the provision, the height of new structures would be measured from floodplain levels rather than the existing grade, thereby raising possible height limits by 7 to 13 feet and paving the way for new structures potentially as tall as 63 feet.
To address this threat to our historic downtown district, HFFI circulated an online petition prior to the meeting, requesting that Council postpone its vote on the changes until a more extensive analysis of the potential impact could be conducted.
Our petition was a success!  
Council heard our message loud and clear!  We love our historic downtown, and tall, out-of-scale buildings are not welcome!   After much discussion, City Council opted to delay its vote on the proposed zoning changes until its next meeting in March, and to leave the building height issue off the table indefinitely.  HFFI will continue monitoring this situation and keep everyone informed should any additional action be needed.
For more information see the February 10th and February 11th Free Lance-Star articles.
A special thank you to the 394 people who signed our petition and shared their concerns with us and Council.  Your voices were heard!

Time to Renew!

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 efforts.  They help support a variety of preservation-related activities, including managing our 42 easement properties in the downtown historic district, advocating for the city’s adoption of preservation-friendly policies and planning tools, and the planning of events and tours that celebrate Fredericksburg’s rich history and promote downtown revitalization.
Not yet a member of HFFI?   Please consider joining us and support our efforts to preserve the unique historic places and character 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.

February 23rd - Open House
Please come by the Lewis Store (1200 Caroline Street) on Sunday, February 23rd, to join us for our 2014 kickoff event!
We will be hosting an Open House from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Local history teacher Barbra Anderson will present a talk and slideshow on the 20th-century history of Lafayette Boulevard at 2:00 p.m.  It’s sure to be packed full of interesting stories and fun facts about the original path of US Route 1. 
In addition, the second installment of our Vintage Route 1 Exhibit Series will be on display.  Guests will enjoy new exhibits focused on three important themes from Fredericksburg’s 20th-century past: Lafayette Boulevard’s Changing Streetscape, the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and Hotels & Lodging in Fredericksburg.
If you are new to HFFI, then this will also be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our group and what we do.   Membership renewals will be accepted, and the latest book, The Circle Unbroken: Civil War Letters of the Knox Family of Fredericksburg, will be on sale. 
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
Excerpt from Free Lance-Star article 2/18/14

Fredericksburg seeks residents' ideas on Comprehensive Plan

Fredericksburg is encouraging people to weigh in as it begins updating its Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission is currently beginning its work on updating it.

Residents are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission’s Feb. 26 meeting to provide their suggestions. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall, 715 Princess Anne St.
Read the full article here.

Upcoming HFFI Events

Open House at The Lewis Store
Sunday, February 23, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM
1200 Caroline Street

Stop by to enjoy a Sunday afternoon with HFFI.  Learn, discuss, and enjoy history with us!  A presentation of the 20th-century history of Lafayette Blvd. (in-town portion) will begin at 2:00 pm.

Dressing the Modern Woman
Sunday, March 15, 2014
907 Princess Anne Street
(Town Hall - FAMCC)
Explore the evolution of historic clothing in the 18th-19th century with local costuming scholars.  This event is free, but RSVPs are needed.

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 be presenting - see article for more information.

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!  Time of tea is TBA, tickets 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.


Stay tuned for more information on these events!  To stay up to the minute, follow us on Facebook.

Additional Virginia Historic Site Events

Sundays in February: "Downton Abbey" Events—Lee-Fendall House -Alexandria

3/16: James Madison's Birthday Tour—Montpelier

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

5/3-4: Montpelier Wine Festival—Montpelier

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

HFFI Annual Meeting Sunday, March 23

Don’t miss this year’s Annual Membership Meeting, scheduled for March 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Rappahannock Regional Library headquarters (1201 Caroline Street).    Come learn what HFFI’s been up to and where we’re going in 2014!   
Attendees will enjoy a presentation by this year’s featured speaker, Elizabeth Daly, entitled, “Women Power: The Women of Fredericksburg Step Up.”   In coordination with women’s history month, she will be discussing her research on the female pioneers of preservation in Fredericksburg.
This is also a great opportunity to renew your memberships and purchase tickets to upcoming 2014 events.   

The Meeting is open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Dressing the
Modern Woman

Learn about the evolution of women’s clothing and the female silhouette with the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. and the Fredericksburg Area Museum’s special presentation on Saturday, March 15th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Watch as live models and presenters explore the layers that create the familiar shapes of the Colonial, Civil War, and Victorian fashions.
Historic clothing scholars from the Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society, the Civil War Civilians of Spottsylvania, and Costumer’s Guild West, Inc., will discuss historic clothing replicas that they have created themselves, as well as their experiences in studying and constructing garments.
The event will be held at the Fredericksburg Area Museum in the Town Hall building on the 3rd floor (907 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg). 

There is no fee to attend the presentation, but guests should call to reserve their seat.  Contact HFFI at 540-371-4504 or email to save your spot for this wonderful event!


Looking for 2014 Event Sponsors

The 2014 Spring Event Schedule is ready to launch and includes a variety of educational as well as fun social activities.  In addition, look for several articles written by HFFI volunteers that will appear in issues of the Front Porch newspaper throughout the year.  The first article will be printed in the March issue near HFFI’s advertisement.
If you or your company would be interested in being an event sponsor and have your name printed in the HFFI Front Porch advertisement, as well as on event posters and online event promotions, please contact us at or 540-371-4504. 

Opportunities are available for the entire year, one season, or single event sponsorships.

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