Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. HFFI works to preserve, protect, and revitalize the distinctive historic environment and cultural resources of the Fredericksburg area. The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.
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(HFFI), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1955 to preserve, protect, and revitalize the distinctive historic environment and cultural heritage of the Fredericksburg region. The Foundation pursues this mission through advocacy, education and outreach, and financial and technical support.

(HFFI), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1955 to preserve, protect, and revitalize the distinctive historic environment and cultural heritage of the Fredericksburg region. The Foundation pursues this mission through advocacy, education and outreach, and financial and technical support.

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Menokin is offering an interesting series of programming that that some of our #historicpreservation friends might want ...
02/22/2021

Menokin is offering an interesting series of programming that that some of our #historicpreservation friends might want to check out. First webinar is coming up on Thursday evening.

https://fb.me/e/40QzDhVOF

If you’ve not heard of Menokin: Re-Imagining A Ruin (just down the road in Warsaw, VA), this would be a great way to get acquainted!

#SupportLocal
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The Elements is a bi-monthly webinar series that focuses on the intersection of architectural preservation and the five elements through wood, brick, stone, metal, and glass. The first element featured will be wood. Architect Reid Freeman of REID architecture PLLC and master craftsman Craig Jacobs of Salvagewrights will discuss wood design in historic materials; techniques in preservation; past and contemporary uses; and why we preserve architecture. A Zoom link will be sent closer to the event.

Register: https://bit.ly/2NBBS9k

This webinar is free thanks to generosity of our donors. Consider making a gift to the Annual Campaign to support future Menokin programming: https://bit.ly/2MeqLT8

02/22/2021
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Hey Students! Become a member of HFFI in 2021 and enjoy opportunities to interact with others who share your passion for preservation.

Student Member-Level Benefits…
🔨 No Annual Fee -- it's FREE!
🔨 Discount on HFFI events & merchandise
🔨 HFFI's Quarterly Newsletter
🔨 Choice of Free volume of HFFI's Journal of Fredericksburg History
🔨 Opportunities for hands-on learning and volunteer experiences

Message us here or reach out via email at [email protected] to get signed up!

#MemberMonday #SupportLocal #HistoricPreservation #PreserveFXBG #FredericksburgVA

02/21/2021
www.spotsylvania.va.us

Check out the African American History Trail this weekend in neighboring Spotsylvania County! Traverse through 75 miles of the county and learn about significant imprint the African American community has had on Spotsylvania history and its rural countryside in particular.

https://www.spotsylvania.va.us/DocumentCenter/View/2216/African-American-Heritage-Trail-Brochure-PDF?bidId=

#TellTheFullStory #blackhistorymonth #loveFXBG #preserveFXBG #preserveSpotsylvania #historymatters #historicpreservation

As part of the celebration of Black History Month, Fredericksburg Regional Black Restaurant Week  is happening in Freder...
02/20/2021

As part of the celebration of Black History Month, Fredericksburg Regional Black Restaurant Week is happening in Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania from February 19-28. Two of the participants are located in historic downtown: @pimentafxbg and JuspopN. Jus Pop'n is located at the corner of William and Princess Anne streets in a circa-1910, brick, Colonial Revival-style commercial building. It has a unique corner entrance with a triangular pediment and columns. The roof is topped by a balustrade, and there are modillions under the eaves. To see a full list of Black Restaurant Week participants, visit https://www.fredericksburgblackrestaurantweek.com/participating-restaurants. #lovefxbg #eatlocal #shoplocal #preservefxbg #blackhistorymonth

Hotel McGuire, located immediately south of Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) at 521 Princess Anne Street was listed in t...
02/19/2021

Hotel McGuire, located immediately south of Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) at 521 Princess Anne Street was listed in the Green Book to be friendly to African American travelers.

According to a Free Lance–Star article published Feb. 2, 1979, the McGuire “was opened in 1924 by Dr. W.L. Harris, a dentist and real estate developer who died in 1974. He remodeled two old houses in the 500 block of Princess Anne Street to make the 40-room hotel, which from the beginning did a brisk business.”

📷 fredericksburg.com
#TellTheFullStory #blakchistorymonth #loveFXBG #preserveFXBG #fredericksburgva #historymatters #historicpreservation

Stoner's Store - 1202 Prince Edward Street  #tbt, #historicfredericksburgva
02/18/2021

Stoner's Store - 1202 Prince Edward Street #tbt, #historicfredericksburgva

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but the 💗 for our members is going strong!  The month of February is HFFI’s busiest t...
02/17/2021

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but the 💗 for our members is going strong!

The month of February is HFFI’s busiest time for membership renewals. Email and snail mail reminders are on their way to current and recent members. 💌

Do you need a renewal form or want to join anew? Visit HFFI.org/Membership for details. Thank you for your support in 2021!

#SupportLocal #HFFIFxbg #NonprofitLove #OurMembersRock

Have you heard of local entrepreneur Henry Deane? Born into slavery in 1837 in Powhatan, he came to Fredericksburg in 18...
02/16/2021

Have you heard of local entrepreneur Henry Deane? Born into slavery in 1837 in Powhatan, he came to Fredericksburg in 1868. He married Lucy Combs in 1879 and she became his business partner as well. By working two jobs and saving up their money, beginning in the late 1880s, Henry and Lucy paid local carpenters to build residences on land they had purchased on the western edge of the city. The area became known as Deane's Hill and eventually there were 19 houses and 2 stables. Seven of the houses remain today. What is this neighborhood called today? A) College Hill B) Liberty Town C) Hanover Avenue D) Lee's Hill

Leave your guesses in the comments and we'll post the answer later today!

Photo by Walker Evans, 1936, Library of Congress

#TriviaTuesday #BlackHistoryMonth #lovefxbg #preservefxbg #tellthefullstory

Local history offerings abound today in celebration of hometown boy George Washington’s birthday. Take some time to supp...
02/15/2021

Local history offerings abound today in celebration of hometown boy George Washington’s birthday. Take some time to support some of our wonderful local historic sites!

@Washington Heritage Museums
https://fb.me/e/5gltCEiFG

@George Washington’s Ferry Farm
https://fb.me/e/45LVkdnV8

#MuseumMonday #LoveFXBG #FredericksburgVA #SupportLocal

#Preservation fun fact: HFFI holds preservation easements on the Washington Heritage Museum properties. Learn more about the HFFI easement program here: https://hffi.org/programs/preservation-easements/

Looking for an outdoor and educational activity for the family to do this weekend? Pick up a copy of African American Hi...
02/14/2021
African American History of Fredericksburg - VisitFred

Looking for an outdoor and educational activity for the family to do this weekend? Pick up a copy of African American History self-guided walking tour at the Visit Fred Visitor Center or download it on the Fred Map App.

https://visitfred.com/attraction/african-american-history-of-fredericksburg/

#TellTheFullStory #blackhistorymonth #loveFXBG #preserveFXBG #fredericksburgva #historymatters #historicpreservation

Pick up a copy of this self-guided walking tour at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center or download it on the Fred Map App! Blacks first inhabited Virginia in 1619. They came to the sparsely settled Rappahannock Valley long before Fredericksburg was officially founded in 1728. Slaves worked on plantati...

A new research resource for Black history began in December 2020, a partnership between Michigan State University, Unive...
02/13/2021

A new research resource for Black history began in December 2020, a partnership between Michigan State University, University of Maryland, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and many family historians and genealogists, Enslaved.org is open source and user-generated. So if you have family history that includes enslaved people, you can reach out to them and get your ancestors added to the database. Right now there are only six entries that reference Fredericksburg. Let's help them increase that documentation. #tellthefullstory #blackhistorymonth #preservefxbg https://enslaved.org/record/place/Q407970

At the very heart of our downtown, at the intersection of Caroline and William streets, is the place most significantly ...
02/12/2021

At the very heart of our downtown, at the intersection of Caroline and William streets, is the place most significantly associated with the Civil Rights Movement in our city. Four businesses sat at this corner in the 1960s including national chains Woolworths, W.T. Grants, and People's Drug Store, which all included lunch counters, and one local drugstore called Bonds.

As local historian John Hennessy iterated, "These counters would become a non-violent battleground in the struggle for civil rights."
Learn more about these buildings and their role in our local Civil Rights Movement activities here: https://fredericksburghistory.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/sit-in-corner-july-1960/

📷 Etsy
#TellTheFullStory #blackhistorymonth #loveFXBG #preserveFXBG #historymatters #historicpreservation

William Street 100 Block  #tbt, #historicfredericksburgva
02/11/2021

William Street 100 Block #tbt, #historicfredericksburgva

This year the HFFI Annual Membership Meeting will take place VIRTUALLY on March 28, 2021 beginning at 2pm. All members a...
02/10/2021

This year the HFFI Annual Membership Meeting will take place VIRTUALLY on March 28, 2021 beginning at 2pm. All members are invited — please save the date!

We are looking for a volunteer (or two) to assist with technical tasks for the meeting, so please reach out if you are willing to share your awesome talents.

Not yet a member or need to renew for 2021? You can do so online through HFFI.org/membership.

#SupportLocal #historicpreservation #FredericksburgVA #HFFIFxbg

We're back for another Trivia Tuesday and this time we thought we'd try a multiple choice question. Let us know if you l...
02/09/2021

We're back for another Trivia Tuesday and this time we thought we'd try a multiple choice question. Let us know if you like this format when you comment with your answer! The Walker-Grant School building was first built in 1935 as the "Fredericksburg Colored School" which served as the grammar school for younger Black children in town. It was expanded in 1938 and 1940 to include a high school. Walker-Grant served as the segregated high school for African American students until 1968. At that point it was integrated and served as the city's middle school. The building itself is a well-preserved school from the Depression-era and represents a particular architectural style. Zoom in on the photos to look at some of the building's details for a clue! What style is it?
a) Colonial Revival
b) Art Deco
c) Brutalist
d) Gothic Revival
We'll post the answer this afternoon! #preservefxbg #blackhistorymonth #tellthefullstory #TriviaTuesday

Reminder:  Architectural Review Board meets tonight at 7pm!Watch live on the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia Government...
02/08/2021

Reminder: Architectural Review Board meets tonight at 7pm!

Watch live on the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia Government Facebook feed or via the City web feed (see https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/223/Architectural-Review-Board for the link).

The Fredericksburg City Architectural Review Board (ARB) next meets on Monday February 8, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.

Up for discussion or vote are projects at the following properties:
Public Hearing
-1116 Prince Edward St
-407 Charlotte St

Consent Agenda
-919 Caroline St
-227 Charles St
-110 Caroline St
-115 Caroline St
-206 Charles St.
-723 Caroline St
-807 Caroline St

Public comments are due before 4:00 P.M. on the day of the meeting. Check out the agenda here: https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/1396?html=true

#lovefxbg #preservefxbg #architecture #historicarchitecture #historicpreservation #historicdistrict

We 💗 our members!  Now is the time to renew your membership -- 2020 annual memberships expire at the end of the month.  ...
02/08/2021

We 💗 our members! Now is the time to renew your membership -- 2020 annual memberships expire at the end of the month.

Your suppport enables HFFI to continue to advocate for historic preservation in Fredericksburg as well as share resources to educate our community about the precious cultural resources found in our area. Please show your support by renewing your membership for 2021 (or joining anew--we'd love to have you)! hffi.org/membership

Reach out to us via email at [email protected] to confirm your current or past membership level or with any questions.

#MemberMonday #SupportLocal #PreserveFXBG #FredericksburgVA #historicpreservation

02/07/2021

Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg features a variety of themed tours of Fredericksburg for groups including one focused on African American heritage. On this tour, you will learn a history of our African American community spanning multiple centuries beginning in 1619 with the earliest arrivals of indentured servants through to the mid-twentieth century, visiting the locations where brave persons participated in civil rights sit-ins.

Learn more about the tours they offer here: https://www.fredericksburgtrolley.com/african-american/

#blackhistorymonth #TellTheFullStory #loveFXBG #preserveFXBG

When we think of #historicpreservation we often think of buildings. But landscape elements like gardens, vistas, sculptu...
02/06/2021

When we think of #historicpreservation we often think of buildings. But landscape elements like gardens, vistas, sculptures, and murals also need to be preserved. Downtown Fredericksburg is home to several murals. Along Sophia Street just south of the intersection with William Street is the Johnny P. Johnson Mural. Painted by W.C. "Bill" Harris in 2018 this mural celebrates Johnson who is a well-known artist and teacher in Fredericksburg. Johnson began his career in 1959 at the Walker-Grant School, the city's first publicly funded school for Black students. Johnson was also the first Black educator at the University of Mary Washington in 1968, where he taught an art education class and served as adjunct professor for two decades. #tellthefullstory #lovefxbg #preservefxbg #Blackhistorymonth (Photo of Johnson with the mural by Peter Cihelka, The Free Lance-Star)

The Fredericksburg City Architectural Review Board (ARB) next meets on Monday February 8, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.  Up for disc...
02/05/2021

The Fredericksburg City Architectural Review Board (ARB) next meets on Monday February 8, 2021 at 7:00 P.M.

Up for discussion or vote are projects at the following properties:
Public Hearing
-1116 Prince Edward St
-407 Charlotte St

Consent Agenda
-919 Caroline St
-227 Charles St
-110 Caroline St
-115 Caroline St
-206 Charles St.
-723 Caroline St
-807 Caroline St

Public comments are due before 4:00 P.M. on the day of the meeting. Check out the agenda here: https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/1396?html=true

#lovefxbg #preservefxbg #architecture #historicarchitecture #historicpreservation #historicdistrict

In the 1880s, there were a number of lodges and associations of people who shared similar values and views or worked in ...
02/05/2021

In the 1880s, there were a number of lodges and associations of people who shared similar values and views or worked in a particular trade that local citizens met at several times a month. Among them included several African American lodges and associations including the Order of the Good Samaritans, the United Order of the True Reformers, and The Mechanics and Laborers Association.

Know anything about these organizations and our city? Let us know!

📷 Alexandria Gazette 1872
#blackhistorymonth #TellTheFullStory #loveFXBG #preserveFXBG

Washington Avenue  Mary Washington Monument 1950s #tbt, #historicfredericksburgva[Update: photo dates circa mid-1960s]
02/04/2021

Washington Avenue Mary Washington Monument 1950s #tbt, #historicfredericksburgva

[Update: photo dates circa mid-1960s]

One week left to nominate an individual, group, or business making a difference in FXBG preservation!  Last call — nomin...
02/03/2021

One week left to nominate an individual, group, or business making a difference in FXBG preservation! Last call — nominations should be submitted to HFFI by February 10, 2021.

Visit https://hffi.org/programs/preservation-awards/ to learn more about this awards program and read about past award winners. Help us celebrate projects, businesses, or individuals making a difference in local #preservation!

#HistoricPreservation #PreserveFXBG #HFFIPreservationAwards #FredericksburgVA

Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) at 801 Sophia Street was built in 1890 and represents a variety of architectural styles...
02/02/2021

Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) at 801 Sophia Street was built in 1890 and represents a variety of architectural styles, as it was renovated and modified over time. For this #triviatuesday we will highlight some architectural features rather than make you guess the multiple styles of the building ;) The stained glass lancet windows are common in Gothic Revival style churches. The brick veneer, parapet wall, and buttressed towers on the facade, added around 1930, are reminiscent of the Richardsonian Romanesque and Gothic Revival styles. Shiloh Baptist Church is a beautiful and historic church building that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. You can read the full nomination at https://www.dhr.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/111-0096_ShilohBaptistChurchOldSite_2015_NRHP_FINAL.pdf. #preservefxbg #lovefxbg

515 Amelia  StreetThe house at 515 Amelia Street was built as a parsonage in 1912 by Reverend John C. Diamond for Shiloh...
02/01/2021

515 Amelia Street

The house at 515 Amelia Street was built as a parsonage in 1912 by Reverend John C. Diamond for Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site). Rev. Diamond served as both architect and builder for this house. He received both a religious and an architectural education at Hampton Institute and Howard University. He became pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) in 1910. He immediately began work on an addition to the rear of the church (located on Sophia Street) and the new parsonage.

In 1922, the Reverend B.H. Hester succeeded Diamond and served as pastor for 40 years. In 1962, the church sold the home to Hester’s second eldest daughter, Mildred M. Hester. Mildred went on to deed a half interest in the property to her sister, Mary Hester Bridgewater. To date, the property remains in the Hester-Bridgewater family. The building’s architectural style is Italianate inspired, eclectic folk with Colonial Revival elements.

Plaque Year: 1912
Report Year: 2018
Part of the HFFI Marker Map -
hffi.org/hffi-marker-map

The HFFI Marker Map project is made possible by a grant from The Virginia Heritage Fund of The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region.

For more on Reverend John C. Diamond, see - https://www.shiloholdsite.org/1914-moment-in-time.html

For more on Reverend B.H. Hester, see - https://rapp-arts.org/rev-b-h-hester-2/

#MarkerMonday #BlackHistoryMonth #FredericksburgVA #PreserveFXBG #LoveFXBG Shiloh Baptist Church - Old Site

Interested in an update from the Library of Virginia's Virginia Untold Project: The African American Narrative? Accordin...
01/31/2021
Project Update | Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative

Interested in an update from the Library of Virginia's Virginia Untold Project: The African American Narrative? According to their website, the project "examines records in the Library of Virginia’s collections for hidden histories and often overlooked stories detailing the lives of free and enslaved Black and multiracial individuals in the commonwealth prior to 1870." Join thre free virtual event on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:00 PM!

https://www.lva.virginia.gov/news/calendar/?event=422

#TellTheFullStory #loveVA #virginiahistory

Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative examines records in the Library of Virginia’s collections for hidden histories and often overlooked stories detailing the lives of free and enslaved Black and multiracial individuals in the commonwealth prior to 1870. By connecting a patchwork of his...

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What a great tour today - the Warehouse District. Thanks to all who were involved - the owners, the guides and the ones who came out to find out some of the history of Fredericksburg!! Thank you!!!
Looking for information on O D Foster Grocer on Commerce street Fredericksburg, Va. I have a crock looks to be late 1800S with the name on it. My families been in Stafford since 1726 but I have not found much info on this merchant. Thank you
Another wonderful event offered by HFFI today .... Coffee for Conservation...thank you Barbara HFFI, Christian at Katora and Sarah at Handsome Hound...you all rock!!
Do you guys (or anyone) have any pictures of the Idlewild house (particularly the interior) prior to the fire?
Very much enjoyed the Candlelight tour this year. I was curious about the odd addition to 408 Hanover that connects it to 406. I read that the two houses were completed in the same year (1848), but never owned by the same person. Looking at them from the street (Google Streetview below), if I mentally remove the additions/wings and porches/columns, they appear to be nearly identical. Not only that, but it looks like a third home would fit perfectly between them. Is it possible that this was the original intent? Perhaps the lots could not be combined, something along those lines...
Are you going to correct the caption posted on Facebook re: Adelai Stevenson? He was not our President, but was Vice President.
You REALLY need a new oriental rug!
This will get some attention!
Per next Tuesday's City Council Meeting agenda, 2018's Asphalt Rehabilitation Program will bring improved pedestrian access to the Lewis Store HFFI Headquarters building! "Award of this contract will permit the rehabilitation or reconstruction of the streets shown on the attached list as well as completion of three alternative projects that were included in the bidding process. These projects are: • Central Rappahannock Regional Library parking lot expansion • *** Caroline and Lewis Street, pedestrian bump-outs *** • Princess Anne and Lewis Street, pedestrian bump-outs"
Hi all! I'm working on a project for my grandfather and was hoping someone in the group could help. I'm looking for photos of my grandparent's bar. I've checked several of the local photo archives and have come up with nothing. My grandfather, H.D. Jones and grandmother, Lois Garland Jones owned a bar at 204 William St. from approximately 1967 through 1973. It was called the Sandalwood. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also, does anyone have any pictures of the Step Down bar? I would love to add it to my collection.
FLS coverage of the tunnel tour:
Please plan another "Historic Tunnels Event" soon, this is something my son and I would really like to do!!!