Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. Preserving, protecting, and revitalizing the character of Historic Fredericksburg. Inclement Weather Policy -- Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.
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will follow the same closing schedule as the Fredericksburg City Schools concerning inclement weather to ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers.

12/07/2023

Thank you to the HFFI Holiday Open House supporters! We are so grateful for your generosity and commitment to preservation of the historic and cultural resources of the City of Fredericksburg!

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12/07/2023

A new addition has been added to HFFI's Holiday Open House on Saturday December 9th! We will now feature a Pop Up Museum of Fredericksburg Memorabilia!

Tim Garrett, a local avid collector and one of the proprietors of The Picket Post, has curated a sampling of antique and vintage items made in and for Fredericksburg, Virginia. There will be bottles, crockery, silver, postcards and other ephemera that are tangible evidence of 18th, 19th and early 20th century life in our little city.

Thank you, Tim, for sharing your collection with us for the day!

12/06/2023

Thank you to the HFFI Holiday Open House supporters! We are so grateful for your generosity and commitment to preservation of the historic and cultural resources of the City of Fredericksburg!

Before or after the event, stop by Eileen's for a special treat or a delicious and decadent salad or sandwich from Chef Trista Eileen Couser in an 1833 former Reformed Baptist church just down the street at 1115 Caroline Street.

12/05/2023

Thank you to the HFFI Holiday Open House supporters! We are so grateful for your generousity and commitment to preservation of the historic and cultural resources of the City of Fredericksburg!

Keep an eye out for free cider tastings throughout the event from Wild Hare Cider!

☕ There are special events for adults at our Holiday Open House too! ☕Among crafts and a needlework demonstration, Wild ...
12/05/2023

☕ There are special events for adults at our Holiday Open House too! ☕

Among crafts and a needlework demonstration, Wild Hare Cider will be serving up a tasting all day!

Hope to see you Saturday, December 9th!

12/04/2023

Thank you to the HFFI Holiday Open House supporters! We are so grateful for your generosity and commitment to preservation of the historic and cultural resources of the City of Fredericksburg!

Congrats on 50 years to Lewis Insurance Associates!

⛄️ Our Holiday Open House is a little over a week away! ⛄️We are looking forward to our children's activities and crafts...
12/01/2023

⛄️ Our Holiday Open House is a little over a week away! ⛄️

We are looking forward to our children's activities and crafts throughout the event. There will be this holiday fun and much more!

We hope to see you there!

619 Caroline Street - 1910 - The Chimneys - Interior Norris Jewelry Store front room  ,
11/30/2023

619 Caroline Street - 1910 - The Chimneys - Interior Norris Jewelry Store front room ,

❄ What Holiday Open House would be complete without a few walking tours? ❄Join us Saturday, December 9th for a number of...
11/29/2023

❄ What Holiday Open House would be complete without a few walking tours? ❄

Join us Saturday, December 9th for a number of events and crafts including historical walking tours concentrated around the Lewis Store. We are looking forward to sharing this free event with you!

We hope to see you there!

📣 CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! 📣We are still looking for volunteers to help prep and assist at our Holiday Open House on Satu...
11/28/2023

📣 CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS! 📣

We are still looking for volunteers to help prep and assist at our Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 9th! There is no time limits set for volunteering - any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

As a non-profit organization, we couldn't do any of our events or work without our gracious volunteers. THANK YOU!

🎼What a treat HFFI's Holiday Open House will be! 🎼 We are so thankful for these talented artists who will be providing e...
11/25/2023

🎼What a treat HFFI's Holiday Open House will be! 🎼 We are so thankful for these talented artists who will be providing entertaining during the open house across the street on the steps of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library!

Save the date for Saturday, December 9th between 12-6 PM!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Note, this event is hosted by Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. and is not affiliated or sponsored by the Library. If you have any questions, please direct them to HFFI at [email protected] or call 540-371-4504!

Looking forward to our Holiday Open House! Keep an eye out for updates and schedule of events and activities on our soci...
11/24/2023

Looking forward to our Holiday Open House! Keep an eye out for updates and schedule of events and activities on our social media!

11/23/2023

There are “dream kitchens,” and then there’s the Frankfurt Kitchen, designed by architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in 1926.

1201 Washington Avenue Kenmore Home of Fielding Lewis - photo by Louis Frohman ,
11/23/2023

1201 Washington Avenue Kenmore Home of Fielding Lewis - photo by Louis Frohman
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❄️ We are getting so excited about HFFI's Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 9th between 12-6 PM! ❄️ This event is...
11/22/2023

❄️ We are getting so excited about HFFI's Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 9th between 12-6 PM! ❄️

This event is FREE to the public!

We will continue to share the event schedule and activities on our social media pages but you can also find more information on our website at hffi.org/events or checking into our Facebook Event page!

See you there!

The Lewis Store will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday!We are so grateful for all of your continued support and pas...
11/21/2023

The Lewis Store will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday!

We are so grateful for all of your continued support and passion for preservation in our rich community!

Marker Monday - 803 Princess Anne Street (Masonic Lodge No. 4) The Federal style building at 803 Princess Anne Street wa...
11/20/2023

Marker Monday - 803 Princess Anne Street (Masonic Lodge No. 4)

The Federal style building at 803 Princess Anne Street was built in 1816 as Masonic Lodge No. 4. This is one of the oldest Lodges in the Americas and is considered one of a few “time immemorial Lodges.” This means the Lodge cannot trace its operating authority to a charter from any Grand Lodge. Before 1816, the Lodge supported the construction of the Fredericksburg Male Charity School in exchange for its use in part of the building. After the construction of 803 Princess Anne, the first floor was occupied by a court clerk’s office, the second floor housed the Male Charity School, and the third floor was Lodge meeting space. Local builders George and Robert Ellis constructed this building. The Masons dedicated the new Lodge building in 1816, on the feast day of St. John the Baptist, and have occupied the space ever since. In 1952, a major restoration and expansion occurred.

The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. launched its Marker Program in 1989 and today, our distinctive, bronze markers can be found on more than 250 historic structures throughout the city. Each week, we will be highlighting a different property to foster broader public awareness and appreciation for Fredericksburg’s past and encourage efforts to preserve the built heritage that makes our community so unique.
To learn more about the over 250 properties with markers, check out our interactive marker map: https://hffi.org/hffi-marker-map/

Maintenance Week spotlight: another great guide to INFORM, this one is all about preparing historic buildings for climat...
11/19/2023

Maintenance Week spotlight: another great guide to INFORM, this one is all about preparing historic buildings for climate change! “Some traditional buildings may become less able to cope with changing weather patterns caused by climate change. This Short Guide describes the key aspects of the external envelope of a traditional building that provide protection against the elements, and considers how these can be improved or adapted to increase a building’s resilience to extreme weather events. It also considers the internal environment within older buildings, and how this can be managed to cope with changing environmental conditions.”

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/archives-and-research/publications/publication/?publicationid=a0138f5b-c173-4e09-818f-a7ac00ad04fb

Hooray for Maintenance Week! If you want to learn from the best in preserving (aka conserving) and maintaining your hist...
11/17/2023

Hooray for Maintenance Week! If you want to learn from the best in preserving (aka conserving) and maintaining your historic building (aka traditional buildings), Historic Environment Scotland takes the cake. Check out their “Inform” guides and peruse their YouTube channel for some incredibly helpful FREE resources, like this Introduction to traditional building construction.

Learn all about Scotland's traditional buildings in this recording of our first ever Inform Friday Q&A, broadcast Friday 26 February 2021, with experts Lila ...

📣Calling all City residents, property owners, and business owners!!📣There will be a community meeting held on November 1...
11/16/2023

📣Calling all City residents, property owners, and business owners!!📣

There will be a community meeting held on November 16th as part of the Area 5 University / Central Route 1 Small Area Plan.Small Area Plans set a vision for future land use and capital improvements in different areas of the City. These concepts will be discussed and developed at the community meeting.

The meeting will be held at 1701 College Ave in the Chandler Ballroom. The meeting starts at 5:30 PM and will run until 7:30 PM.

What issues and concerns do you have and what opportunities for improvement should we consider?
HFFI supports the preservation of the historic character and fabric of the College Heights and University area while promoting sensitive rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

This is the SECOND of THREE meetings for this area's plan.
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND but want to make sure your thoughts are heard, please email your City Council representative, City Manager, and Head of Planning.

Learn more about the City's Small Area Plan here: https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/1266/Small-Area-Plans

Rising Sun Tavern - 1304-1306 Caroline Street - 1959  ,
11/16/2023

Rising Sun Tavern - 1304-1306 Caroline Street - 1959 ,

Marker Monday - 710 Caroline StreetThe Federal style store and dwelling at 710 Caroline Street was built by Gabriel John...
11/13/2023

Marker Monday - 710 Caroline Street
The Federal style store and dwelling at 710 Caroline Street was built by Gabriel Johnston in 1835. This parcel was part of the original sixty-four lots of Fredericksburg. In 1823, fire destroyed the original structure on this lot. The current building was constructed in 1835 and it remained in the Johnston family for over seven decades. Gabriel Johnston, an auctioneer, transferred ownership to his sister, Jane W. Johnston, in 1841. The estate of Anne T. Harrison (née Rothrock and a niece of Jane W. Johnston) sold the property in 1909. During the Johnston years of ownership, the first floor saw various uses from a paint store, a cabinet maker’s shop, and a hardware store. The second floor served as a dwelling space. The mixed-use feature of 710 Caroline continues to this day with retail endeavors on the first floor and apartments above.

The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. launched its Marker Program in 1989 and today, our distinctive, bronze markers can be found on more than 250 historic structures throughout the city. Each week, we will be highlighting a different property to foster broader public awareness and appreciation for Fredericksburg’s past and encourage efforts to preserve the built heritage that makes our community so unique.

To learn more about the over 250 properties with markers, check out our interactive marker map: https://hffi.org/hffi-marker-map/

ICYMI: HFFI Board Member, Nancy Moore, supporting great work to preserve and promote Fredericksburg history & heritage. ...
11/12/2023

ICYMI: HFFI Board Member, Nancy Moore, supporting great work to preserve and promote Fredericksburg history & heritage. Go Nancy!

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The Architectural Review Board next meets on Monday, November 13, 2023, at 7:00 P.M. to review applications on the follo...
11/12/2023

The Architectural Review Board next meets on Monday, November 13, 2023, at 7:00 P.M. to review applications on the following properties:
Consent Agenda:
–209 William Street – Sign Installation
–1009 Princess Anne Street – Sign Installation
–715 Caroline Street – Sign Installation
–2800 Princess Anne Street – Mechanical Equipment Installation
–321 William Street – Sign Installation
Public Hearing:
Continued Applications -
📸: 319 Prince Edward Street
New Applications -
📸: 110 Caroline Street
📸: 1203 Sophia Street
📸: 313 Wolfe Street
📸: 203 Ford Street
📸: 301-303 Hanover Street
Full agenda available here: https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_11132023-1776?html=true
This meeting is being held in Council Chambers, City Hall, 715 Princess Anne Street. Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting. Written public comments may be submitted before 1:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting. The meeting can be viewed live on Cox Channel 84 and Verizon Channel 42, and at https://www.regionalwebtv.com.

Frederick Street, LLC requests to construct a two-story, approximately 2800 square foot addition attached to the rear elevation of this single-family residence.

It's that time of year again!  is accepting applications for the 2024 list of Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Places...
11/10/2023

It's that time of year again! is accepting applications for the 2024 list of Virginia's Most Endangered Historic Places. During National Historic Preservation Month each May, Preservation Virginia highlights historic sites throughout the Commonwealth facing imminent or sustained threats.

According to the non-profit organization, "The list, which so far has brought attention to nearly 200 historic places in Virginia, encourages individuals, organizations and local and state governments to advocate for their preservation and find solutions that will save these unique locations for future generations. The program has a track record of success: only 10% of the sites listed so far were lost to demolition or neglect."

Are there any historic buildings or sites in our community or immediately surrounding area that could make the list?

🗓Applications are due Friday, January 5th, 2024. 🗓

➡️Learn about the properties on the 2023 list and the application here: https://preservationvirginia.org/our-work/most-endangered-historic-places/?mc_cid=552ce80dd2&mc_eid=76c42ebbe0⬅️

500 Block Caroline Street - 1957   ,
11/09/2023

500 Block Caroline Street - 1957 ,

📣News from Around the Nation: Housing and Historic Preservation 📣The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) ha...
11/08/2023

📣News from Around the Nation: Housing and Historic Preservation 📣

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) has published a draft policy statement on housing and historic preservation.

The ACHP states that “America is suffering from a massive shortage of available housing units, and the crisis is particularly acute regarding affordable housing. Reusing existing buildings is integral to addressing this critical problem, and – since about 40 percent of America’s buildings are at least 50 years old – rehabilitating historic housing and adapting historic buildings not originally built for housing is essential.”

According to the Council, the draft statement “provides advice to all levels of government, community groups, nonprofit organizations, developers, and others in the private sector regarding the importance of gathering information relating to historic preservation and housing; reusing historic buildings; accelerating project permitting and environmental review; education; and collaboration.”

If you would like to submit written comments regarding the proposed policy statement, please email them to [email protected]. Comments should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than November 11, 2023.🗓

Read the call for comment here: https://www.achp.gov/news/achp-seeks-public-comment-draft-housing-policy-statement
Read the policy here:https://www.achp.gov/sites/default/files/2023-09/ACHP%20Draft%20Housing%20Policy%20Statement%209-8-2023.pdf

The ACHP is developing a policy statement on housing and historic preservation to provide expert advice to a wide range of stakeholders on the role that historic preservation can play in alleviating the housing crisis. A draft of the policy statement is now available for public comment.

Come by the Lewis Store with a new & unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots Wednesday-Saturday 12-4pm.
11/07/2023

Come by the Lewis Store with a new & unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots Wednesday-Saturday 12-4pm.

Marker Monday - 706 Caroline StreetThe building at 706 Caroline Street was constructed in 1824 for Anthony Kale as a bus...
11/06/2023

Marker Monday - 706 Caroline Street

The building at 706 Caroline Street was constructed in 1824 for Anthony Kale as a business and residence. Kale immigrated from Switzerland in 1810 and was a confectionary merchant in Fredericksburg by 1815. In 1819, Anthony Kale bought the land where today’s Fredericksburg Visitor’s Center is located. It remained in the Kale family until 1905. The Salvation Army purchased the building in 1928 and remained there until 1975. In 1976, it was known as the Bicentennial Visitor Center. The building’s architectural style is Federal with Colonial Revival elements added to the first-floor façade.

The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. launched its Marker Program in 1989 and today, our distinctive, bronze markers can be found on more than 250 historic structures throughout the city. Each week, we will be highlighting a different property to foster broader public awareness and appreciation for Fredericksburg’s past and encourage efforts to preserve the built heritage that makes our community so unique.
To learn more about the over 250 properties with markers, check out our interactive marker map: https://hffi.org/hffi-marker-map/

If you’ve enjoyed our maintenance tips, check out what the SPAB is doing to celebrate Maintenance Week (Nov. 17-24) acro...
11/05/2023

If you’ve enjoyed our maintenance tips, check out what the SPAB is doing to celebrate Maintenance Week (Nov. 17-24) across the pond and on the web! Check out their website for great lectures, publications, and resourceful tips!




https://www.spab.org.uk/campaigning/maintenance-matters

TIPS & TRICKS: Maintaining Your Brick♦ Inspect your home regularly, at least once a year to ensure siding and trim are h...
11/03/2023

TIPS & TRICKS: Maintaining Your Brick
♦ Inspect your home regularly, at least once a year to ensure siding and trim are holding up and there are no cracks, rotting, or flaking paint.
♦ Do you know what your siding or trim material is? Wood? Aluminum? Fiber cement? Learn how to properly take care of it and keep up with preventative maintenance.
♦ Do you know if your aluminum or other siding may be hiding wood siding or another material underneath? If so, consider removing and restoring the original!
♦ Repair if at all possible. Sometimes it is jsut a few weatherboards or one piece of trim that need some love and care. Replace "in kind" if needed.
♦ Think outside of the big box store toolbox! There are so many great way to obtain reasonably priced and well made trim and siding. Check out our website for examples!
♦ As always, don't forget about maintenance of gutters and downspots and ensure water is walways moving away from the building.
♦ Keep an eye on the weather before painting. Avoid painting during weather than is below 55 degrees F or in very hot and humid conditions.
♦ Repair any visible damage detected between inspections as soon as possible.

Check out our website for more helpful maintenance tips for your historic property! https://hffi.org/siding-and-trim/

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Did you know that HFFI regularly contributes to our local community paper, the Front Porch Fredericksburg? In celebratio...
10/31/2023

Did you know that HFFI regularly contributes to our local community paper, the Front Porch Fredericksburg?

In celebration of Virgnia Archaeology Month (every October). this month, HFFI board member and local architectural historian, Adriana Moss, wrote about the City's Archeaological Ordinance [Code 1991, § 13-46] which has been in place since July 2021. Building upon the vast amount of archaeological study that has already been completed in the city, the ordinance ensures that we can tell a more inclusive story of our city's history and prehistory through archaeology.

Read the article here: https://issuu.com/frontporchfredericksburg/docs/frontporchfredericksburgoctober2023

Read more about the ordinance here: https://ecode360.com/28969063

Marker Monday - 817 Princess Anne StreetThe Classical Revival building at 817 Princess Anne Street was constructed in 19...
10/30/2023

Marker Monday - 817 Princess Anne Street
The Classical Revival building at 817 Princess Anne Street was constructed in 1910 as the Wallace Library. This building was named after Casper Wister Wallace (1834 – 1907) a lawyer and commonwealth’s attorney for Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County. He bequeathed $15,000 to Fredericksburg “for the establishment of a permanent City Library within said City to be known as the ‘Wallace Library’…” Two-thirds of this bequest went toward books with the remaining $5,000 used for the construction of the building. The library’s location on the site was set back from the street to maintain the unobstructed view of the courthouse. George W. Worten, a local builder, was selected to design and construct the building. The library moved to 1201 Caroline Street in 1969 and the Fredericksburg school board still occupies the building.

The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. launched its Marker Program in 1989 and today, our distinctive, bronze markers can be found on more than 250 historic structures throughout the city. Each week, we will be highlighting a different property to foster broader public awareness and appreciation for Fredericksburg’s past and encourage efforts to preserve the built heritage that makes our community so unique.
To learn more about the over 250 properties with markers, check out our interactive marker map: https://hffi.org/hffi-marker-map/

The Lewis Store is now a drop off for Toys For Tots! Come by Wednesday-Saturday 12-4pm with a new unwrapped toy.
10/29/2023

The Lewis Store is now a drop off for Toys For Tots! Come by Wednesday-Saturday 12-4pm with a new unwrapped toy.

Do you think the historic character worth preserving? Should there be greater financial incentives to those who want to ...
10/28/2023

Do you think the historic character worth preserving? Should there be greater financial incentives to those who want to repair & rehabilitate existing buildings in our neighborhoods? If you agree, ask the candidates running for local office(s) if they support raising the FXBG rehab tax credit & expanding the resources available to promote better preservation in Fredericksburg!

Learn more about the proposed incentives & other good preservation news on HFFI’s website:
https://hffi.org/hffi-supports-experts-preservation-recommendations-and-the-creation-of-preservation-advisory-group/

10/27/2023

Join the American Battlefield Trust and their partners at the George Washington Foundation for a FREE Generations event at George Washington’s Ferry Farm in Stafford County, Virginia on Sunday, November 5, 2023.

250 years ago, American colonists – including George Washington – felt frustrated by British taxation and began to discuss uniting in common cause. Within a few years, the Revolutionary War had begun, and Washington would eventually lead the Continental Army and its allies to victory, creating and defending the United States.

ABT's Generations Events bring families together to experience hands-on history. Gather your recruits – kids, grandkids, neighbors, and friends – and come explore the causes of the conflict, Washington’s life and army and the Declaration of Independence through fun activities and interactive programs.

Charge toward independence as we learn to march, toss tea toward Boston Harbor, sign with a quill pen, wear a tricorn hat, listen to Revolutionary music and discover the road to Revolution and details about George Washington’s life and leadership!

Sunday, November 5, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
(Access to the grounds/museum from 1pm to 5pm for registered attendees.)

The event is FREE and open to all who come with someone of another generation. The ideal ages are 6-17. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

No admission costs to Ferry Farm for registered attendees! Make sure to register in advance.

Parking is on-site at George Washington’s Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22405.

Please wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for inclement weather.

An American Battlefield Trust Generations Event brings families together for an experience of history! You’re invited to gather your recruits—kids, grandkids, neighbors, and friends—and come be inspired by stories and activities from the Revolutionary War Join the American Battlefield Trust an...

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10/26/2023

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Check out the unique art, architecture, and history in these great historic cast-iron fences around town! Saved from WWI...
10/25/2023

Check out the unique art, architecture, and history in these great historic cast-iron fences around town! Saved from WWII by their location inside the courthouse, these Renwick-inspired remnants were sold & spread across the community when the second floor was added to the old courtroom (around 1948).

Each fence panel has two pieces cast in sand, marked by the impression of a wood carving that features some of the Renwick’s unique architectural elements, particularly its hammer-beam roof truss! One source at HFFI attributes this fence to the Hope Foundry, but the search for a second source to validate their original maker(s) continues!

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1200 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA
22401

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Wednesday 12pm - 4pm
Thursday 12pm - 4pm
Friday 12pm - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm

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