Big News for Local Preservation
Many things have happened in Fredericksburgâ€™s preservation community over the past 2 months. Some good, some badâ€”and some heartbreaking.
Three historic buildings have been, or are about to be, demolished since the end of August: 401 Sophia Street, 609 Sophia Street (the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge), and 305 Charles Street. The loss of the antebellum 401 Sophia Street
hit Fredericksburgâ€™s preservation and history community hard. How could this happen? And so fast!
But the sting from that sudden demolition only strengthened the resolve of our communityâ€™s preservation leaders. How can we keep this from happening again? What steps can we take to prevent it? Many emails, many meetings, (and one community photo stating â€œThis Place Mattersâ€
) has led to a City Council decision
that a preservation professional would be added to the Cityâ€™s planning department.
Will this solve every preservation problem in our city? No. But it has us moving in the right direction. And that is encouraging. The HFFI Board of Directors appreciates the efforts of our City Council and looks forward to what is coming next.
Now is the time to speak up if you have concerns about preservation in Fredericksburg. Tell your City Councilmember, tell The Free Lance-Star
, tell your neighbor! Then help HFFI make positive movements toward keeping Fredericksburg Historic. We look forward to working with you.
October 17thâ€”Historic Pub Tour of William Street
HFFIâ€™s latest addition, The Historic Pub Tour of Downtown Fredericksburg, is back with an all new cast of buildings! This time, we will be heading down William Street (once known as Commerce Street) to learn about the history of this important road. We will hear from a variety of tour guides as we travel and stop for refreshments at multiple locations.
The tour is THIS SATURDAY, October 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will include up to a mile of walking. Tickets are $15 for HFFI members and $20 for non-members. Attendees must be 21+ and the price of ticket includes only the tour.
Call 540-371-4504 or stop by the Lewis Store to purchase your ticket. Paid reservations will receive information about where to meet and tour specifics before the event.
Donâ€™t miss this unique and fun history event! Space is limited so reserve your spot today. Learn about history and spend a social evening with fellow fans of Fredericksburg history!
Vintage Route 1 Event a Success!
This yearâ€™s Vintage Route 1 Event was a wonderful success and a great opportunity for residents and visitors to learn about the Upper Princess Anne Street neighborhood.
Our day started wet, but the sun soon came out and shined on the classic car display as well as the attendees admiring the areaâ€™s twentieth-century buildings. Learning about locations such as the Stratford Hotel (now the General Washington Executive Center), Hardeeâ€™s Restaurant (now Mason-Dixon CafÃ©), and the legacy of Carl D. Silver, visitors had much to ponder following their day of history. In addition to walking tours of the area, a history exhibit and free guidebooks were available for all who attended.
If you missed the event this year, be sure to stop by the Lewis Store to view the exhibits and pick up your free copy of the Vintage Route 1 2015 Guidebook
. It is full of interesting stories about Fredericksburg in the twentieth century as well as listings of the local businesses that support HFFI and the Vintage Route 1 Event.
HFFI would like to thank our amazing volunteers who helped the event in many ways, as well as our event sponsors, Jazriel Cruz, D.D.S.,
and Mason-Dixon CafÃ©
. Their financial support for the event was crucial to its success.
Thank you also goes out to Mr. Tommy Mitchell for allowing us to use the beautiful General Washington Executive Center
at 2217 Princess Anne Street for the Vintage Route 1 Event. It was a picturesque location for our displays, tours, and general retro revelry!
Help Craft Fredericksburgâ€™s Economic
Development Strategic Plan!
Do you want to have a say and let Fredericksburg's leaders know what you
think is important for the economic future of our city? Do you want them to make preservation and heritage tourism a priority? Should they invest in our downtown commercial district and Main Street Association?
Well hereâ€™s your chance
to share what you think!
The city has engaged Garner Economics LLC, an economic development strategy and location advisory firm, to do an analysis of Fredericksburg. An important part of this process is a survey about the current state of economic development in the City.
to participate in the survey.
Donâ€™t delayâ€”all surveys must be completed by this Friday, October 16, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.