Find out what HFFI has been up to and what we have in store.  We hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Events

Membership Renewal
It's that time again!  Mail us your membership renewal or go onto and use Paypal.  It couldn't be easier!

HFFI Annual Meeting
March 24, 2013 ~ 3:00 pm
Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge #4
803 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg

Featured speaker Bobby Kerr will talk about her research on the city's historic Renwick Building.   Learn more about this building that is soon to be a hot topic of preservation in Fredericksburg.

First Friday Open House
April 5, 2013 ~ 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Lewis Store, 1200 Caroline Street

First Friday is back and the Lewis Store is happy to open its doors to everyone on a Friday night.  Stop by and see our latest exhibit, have a snack, and say hello!

Earth Day at Old Mill Park
April 13, 2013 ~ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sophia Street, entrance near Germania Street

Come by the HFFI booth at Fredericksburg’s 10th annual Earth Day event to learn how preservation is the ultimate "Going Green!” initiative.

Lewis Store Open on 3rd Saturdays
April 20, 2013 ~ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
1200 Caroline St., Fredericksburg

We will be opening the Lewis Store one Saturday a month to give residents and visitors a chance to see inside our wonderful Lewis Store.

Volunteers Needed!

Would you like to give HFFI a few hours of your time each month?  Our volunteers are what make our organization such a success!  

We need people in the following areas:

3rd Saturdays at The Lewis Store
Volunteers are needed to conduct tours, talk with guests, assist with data entry & help plan future exhibits for display.

Event Planning & Researchers
Organizers and inquiring minds are needed for

- Candlelight Tour Committee
- Vintage Route 1 Event
- Other HFFI Events

Committee Members also needed for
- Real Estate
- Marker Committee
- Membership & Fundraising
- Publications
- Oral History

Please contact Lori at 540-371-4504 or if you would like more information.


Welcome to the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. online newsletter! 

Dear members and friends of HFFI,

Welcome to the first edition of our new e-newsletter.  Fear not, this won’t be replacing our regular quarterly newsletter.  It’s just one more way for us to keep you up-to-date on all the latest HFFI news and activities. 

In this and future issues you’ll find information about our upcoming events, local preservation issues and happenings, volunteer opportunities, and many other items of interest.  Please let us know what you think.  We would love to hear from you!


HFFI Annual Meeting
Sunday, March 24th

Be sure to attend HFFI's 57th Annual Membership Meeting this Sunday, March 24th at 3:00pm.  Hear guest speaker, Bobby Kerr, discuss her research on Fredericksburg's 1852 Circuit Court building, designed by prominent 19th century American architect, James Renwick.

Know to many as "The Renwick Building," this unique historic structure is set to be vacated once construction on the City's new Courthouse complex is completed.

Both the city and an exploratory committee recently formed by the Economic Development Authority (EDA) are currently evaluating potential options for the building's reuse (a priority concern on HFFI's advocacy agenda).  If interested in providing input, please contact Amy LaMarca at


McDuff Green Grant Received

The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc., was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the McDuff Green, Jr. Fund of the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region. 

HFFI will use this very generous gift to help fund the publication of our new, revised edition of the Guide to Fredericksburg History (coming in 2013!).  This latest version of the Guide, which has circulated in various forms since the early 20th century, was compiled by the volunteer members of HFFI’s Publications Committee. It includes an Introduction by the National Park Service, narratives on 40 significant area properties, over 100 photographs, a Fredericksburg timeline, and a 12 x 18-inch pull out map.
HFFI’s Board of Directors and staff would like to thank the advisors of the Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund and the Community Foundation for supporting this important project.

Fredericksburg Flavor Raffle

Purchase your tickets now and get a chance to win one of the wonderful prizes being raffled off with our Fredericksburg Flavor Raffle

The Grand Prize is a gift basket worth over $300!   Included are gift certificates and treats from some of downtown's tastiest destinations.  J. Brian's Taproom, Colonial Cupcake, Olde Towne Butcher, The Kitchen at Whittingham, and Made in Virginia are just a few of our raffle sponsors.  Additional gift certificates will also separately be given from Bistro Bethem and J. Brian's Taproom. 

Tickets are only $5 each or 5 for $20.  Tickets will be on sale at the Annual Meeting, the Lewis Store, and online soon at

Renwick Courthouse Image 1864
Lewis Store on National Register of Historic Places
In January of this year, the Lewis Store received the great honor of being added to the National Register of Historic Places.  The National Register was established under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as the Nation's official list of significant historic places and resources.

Cristine Lynch, a graduate of the University of Mary Washington’s Historic Preservation Department, generously donated her time to prepare the nomination.  The Lewis Store was approved for listing under Criteria A, C & D for its historical, architectural, and archaeological significance. 

Want to learn more about the history of the Lewis Store?  Stop by 1200 Caroline St. to take a look.  The Lewis Store is open weekdays from 9:00- 2:30 and on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10am- 2pm.  We look forward to seeing you!

Fredericksburg Social

HFFI's popular "Pints for Preservation" event is back in 2013 with a new name: Fredericksburg Social! 

We hope the new and improved event will open us up to more opportunities and locations.  Don't worry, we'll still do our best to have adult beverages for everyone. 

Stay tuned to find out when the first one will be!

Downtown Business Spotlight

Have you been downtown to the Olde Towne Butcher lately?  Their newly expanded store, located on the corner of Charles and William Streets, offers an exciting variety of local, high quality products including an assortment of fresh, delicious meats, fruit & vegetables, dairy products, baked goods, and other unique items.

Always a smiling face and a friendly chat waiting at the Olde Towne Butcher.  401 William St. Stop by soon!
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