Join us in preparing for the coming year of preservation in Historic Fredericksburg!
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Happy Holidays!

We here at the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation hope this letter finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying this beautiful holiday season. In between all of your shopping and preparations, be sure to check out the many wonderful activities happening around downtown and at historic sites in the area.  
As we enter the new year, HFFI is ready to tackle Fredericksburg’s preservation issues with renewed spirit and vigor. However, if we’re to continue the progress made in 2013, we’re going to need your support! If you would like to make an end-of-year donation to HFFI, you can do so online or by mailing a check to The Lewis Store. Remember all donations are tax deductible and very much appreciated!
Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year to you and yours!

Candlelight Tour a Grand Success

On December 14th and 15th, admirers of historic homes and beautiful decorations flocked to the lower Caroline Street neighborhood to enjoy HFFI’s 43rd Annual Candlelight Tour. Despite some rain and wind on Saturday, the numbers for the weekend were outstanding! Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation and this wonderful event. 
A big thank you as well to all of the volunteers who make this event a reality. Tour guides, hostesses, ticket takers and sellers, barricade workers, researchers, and writers! It takes an army to put on the Candlelight Tour, and we appreciate every one of you more than you can imagine! 
We are already looking forward to next year’s tour! See you there! 

New Construction Approved in Historic District

At the December 9th Fredericksburg Architectural Review Board (ARB) meeting, two new construction projects were included on the agenda:
(1) Three new single-family dwellings at 407 and 409 Dunmore Street, and 214 Charles Street presented by developer Mike Adams
After a discussion about building materials and design adjustments to better reflect the surrounding working-class neighborhood, all three buildings were approved and issued a Certificate of Appropriateness. To read more about the application and to see renderings of the proposed buildings, click here.
(2) New construction at 425 William Street presented by developer Mike Degen 
The proposed building is to be a mixed-use structure located on the current parking lot site at the corner of William and Prince Edward Streets. Board opinion was mixed, with some expressing concerns about the amount of glass to be used, but ultimately the building design was approved. To read more about the application and to see renderings of the proposed buildings, click here.
Upcoming HFFI Events

Open House at The Lewis Store

Sunday, February 23, 2014
1200 Caroline Street

There will be a presentation on the 20th-century history of Lafayette Boulevard and the second installment of the Vintage Route 1 Exhibit Series will be on display for visitors to view. 

Have you always wanted to learn more about all the working parts of HFFI?  Now's your chance, stop by to enjoy an afternoon with HFFI.  Times to be announced in January.

HFFI Annual Meeting

March 23, 2014
Library Headquarters,
1201 Caroline Street

Mark it on your calendar now, gather with us to celebrate the accomplishments and progress of HFFI in 2013. Time TBD.

Jane Beale Tea

May, 2014
Location TBD

Enjoy an afternoon of tea the way Jane would have.  Hear excerpts from her diary while enjoying delicious treats!  Date and time TBD.

Fredericksburg Social at Roxbury Farm & Garden Center

June, 2014
601 Lafayette Blvd.

Enjoy treats and beverages while surrounded by the beautiful flowers of Roxbury's Nursery.  Date and time TBD.


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

Additional Virginia Historic Site Events


Ongoing:  "Women Adorned” Exhibit—Fredericksburg Area Museum
12/21: It’s a Wonderful Life screening—Culpeper Theatre
12/31: First Night in Downtown—Fredericksburg First Night

1/4: Celebrate Stafford 350!—Stafford 350th Anniversary Events
1/18: Jazz Age Preservation Ball—Art Deco Society of Virginia
1/18 & 1/20: Enslaved Community Tour—Montpelier
1/19: Hugh Mercer’s Birthday Celebration—Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop
1/19: Journey from Slavery to Freedom Tour—Montpelier

Looking Forward to 2014

Our Events and Membership Committee has been hard at work preparing HFFI’s 2014 calendar of events—wait until you see what they have lined up!    There are tours, teas, presentations, and socials! Oh my! Surely something for everyone in 2014. In addition to HFFI-sponsored events, we will be partnering with local groups and keeping you in the know about great happenings around Fredericksburg.

Is your New Year’s Resolution to learn something, get out more, meet up with friends, and/or support a good cause? If so, you’re in luck!  We have you covered. 
For the latest news, be sure to check out the Upcoming Events portion of this newsletter, follow us on Facebook, and, coming soon, look for additional information on the HFFI website.

Downtown Business Spotlight

With less than a week to finish your Christmas shopping, don’t forget about all of the wonderful shops in Downtown Fredericksburg! You’ll be sure to find unique and beautiful gifts for everyone on your list in our own historic downtown.
If beautiful items for the home are your goal, be sure to stop at Emporio, at 703 Caroline Street, to see their selection of fine home décor. You’ll find a variety of handmade, up-cycled, and re-purposed furniture, as well as a delightful collection of framed items, hostess gifts, and serving accessories. 
Interested in learning how to up-cycle and paint your own furniture? Emporio has everything you need. As a licensed representative for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ®, Emporio provides workshops to learn techniques, as well as assistance selecting the paints for your project right in the store! 
To learn more about Emporio and their selection of fine home goods, visit their webpage or follow them on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest products and classes being offered. 
Emporio, 703 Caroline Street, Downtown Fredericksburg
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