HFFI's Historic Pub Tour is this Saturday - October 17th! Call now to reserve your spot!
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Big News for Local Preservation

Many things have happened in Fredericksburg’s preservation community over the past 2 months. Some good, some bad—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 Fredericksburg’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 community’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 “This Place Matters”) has led to a City Council decision that a preservation professional would be added to the City’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 17th—Historic Pub Tour of William Street

HFFI’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.  
Don’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 year’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 area’s twentieth-century buildings. Learning about locations such as the Stratford Hotel (now the General Washington Executive Center), Hardee’s Restaurant (now Mason-Dixon Café), 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 Café. 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 Fredericksburg’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 here’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.
Click here to participate in the survey.
Don’t delay—all surveys must be completed by this Friday, October 16, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. EDT.



Upcoming HFFI Events

Historic Pub Tour of
William Street

Saturday, October 17
4:00-7:00 p.m.

Downtown Fredericksburg

This brand new tour will focus on Fredericksburg's "Restaurant Row" and trust us, it's an interesting history. Paid reservations will receive information prior to the event.

Annual Holiday
Candlelight Tour

December 12-13

Downtown Fredericksburg

You will love what we are preparing for this year's tour! As usual beautiful homes and inspiring decorations will be on view for you to enjoy. Tickets go on sale November 1st.

HFFI Volunteer Opportunities

Can you spare an afternoon or a few hours a month to help HFFI? 

We are currently in need of help with the following projects:

Tending to the desk at the Lewis Store, Wednesday -Friday.
Noon - 3:00 p.m.

Assistance with the Candlelight Tour
  • Help for a day before the tour
  • Help on a project before the tour
  • Help on the day of the tour
Writing very short articles for the newsletter

Introducing a speaker from HFFI to talk to your organization about the benefits of HFFI membership

Wordpress updates for new HFFI website

Helping with graphic design of newsletters and various booklets

HFFI Ambassadors to greet visitors at events

Proposed Antenna Space (Cell Tower)

Verizon Wireless is proposing the installation of an antenna space to the existing building penthouse rooftop of 2217 Princess Anne Street.

Due to what is commonly referred to, or known as, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, changes such as this must go through a process, including a period of public comment. The period for this public comment is closing soon, so please submit anything you wish to contribute by October 16, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

If you would like to comment on this project please contact Alex J. Denton at 301-776-0500 or by email at

45th Candlelight Tour

Witches and goblins may be lurking in the shadows, but the holidays are in the air!!  The HFFI offices are bustling with activity getting ready for the 45th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour!
We have five beautiful historic homes lined up for the tour as well as a bonus home for Saturday evening tour ticket holders. This will be a spectacular year, and we can’t wait to have you join us.
The homes on display this year will be:
1102 Prince Edward Street
1116 Prince Edward Street
207 Amelia Street
307 Amelia Street
1200 Charles Street, Mary Washington House (daytime tours only)
1200 Prince Edward Street (evening tour only)
A special thank you to our sponsors for this year’s event (a full list coming soon!). We are approaching our sponsorship and fundraising differently this year and are sure it will result in a beautiful tour that will also support HFFI’s crucial work in the community throughout the year.

Do you own a business in a historic building?

If you currently run a business located in a historic building in Fredericksburg, please consider logging onto and letting them know!
They are working to build a database of historic buildings being used for commercial purposes.  For this site, historic will be considered any building more than 70 years old.
Any questions, please direct them to 


Additional Virginia Historic Site Events

10/17: Colonial Fashion Show—Rising Sun Tavern

10/17: Maureen Taylor, "The Last Muster Vols I & II"—DAR Headquarters

10/30: Tie One On Closing Event-"Luminaries in the Garden"—Mary Washington House

10/31: James C. Thompson, "George Washington's Mulatto Man - Who was Billy Lee?"—DAR Headquarters

11/7: Gingerbread House Construction Workshops—George Washington Foundation

11/9: 28th Annual James Monroe Lecture—James Monroe Museum

11/13: Night in Washington's Day—Kenmore

11/14-15: Holiday Open House—Downtown Fredericksburg

11/14-12/31: Window Wonderland—Downtown Fredericksburg

12/4: "A Monroe Christmas" Holiday Open House—
James Monroe Museum

12/4: Holiday Open House—Rising Sun Tavern

12/4: Deck the Halls 2015—
James Monroe Museum

12/6: Candlelight Tour & Open House—Mary Washington House

12/6-30: 29th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit—
Ferry Farm

12/6-30: A Wee Christmas - Dollhouses and Miniatures Show—Kenmore
Please check with the sponsoring organizations prior to any event to confirm details.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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