Entries by HFFI Staff

Job Listing – HFFI Volunteer and Event / Fundraising Coordinator

    Volunteer and Event / Fundraising Coordinator The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. is seeking a Volunteer & Events/ Fundraising Coordinator to work 25 hours per week. Position is estimated to begin on July 24. Duties would include, but are not limited to the following: Recruiting & Managing Volunteers Monitor volunteers running office during hours […]

Wet or Dry: A History of Prohibition in Fredericksburg

  Wet or Dry: A History of Prohibition in Fredericksburg By Barbra Anderson “The saloon is the devil’s headquarters on earth,” declared the Anti-Saloon League in the late 1800s. Alcohol was blamed for every social problem: poverty, domestic violence, crime, ill health, and moral turpitude. The average American man drank 88 bottles of whiskey a […]

Oh Hear That Train Whistle Blowin’

  Oh Hear That Train Whistle Blowin’ By Olivia R. Blackwell Puffs of smoke billowed up from the engine toward the sky and a cheering crowd gathered around the train as it came to a rumbling stop. It seemed as though everyone in town was gathered at the station, eagerly awaiting the door to open. […]

From Great Virginians to Gloria Swanson: A History of Smithfield and the Fredericksburg Country Club

  From Great Virginians to Gloria Swanson: A History of Smithfield and the Fredericksburg Country Club By Deborah Walters Pederson (Abridged version—for the full article, see The Journal of Fredericksburg History, Volume 11)   Its tree-lined driveway hints of something from Gone with the Wind. The place has hosted presidents, first ladies, and movie stars. […]

Five-story “One Hanover” condominium project

    On Monday, March 14th, the Fredericksburg Architectural Review Board (ARB) will review an application for a five-story condominium project to be located at the corner of Sophia and Hanover Streets. This building is proposed to be 56′ tall. The project received a variance from the city to allow it to be built 6′ […]

Henry Deane: African American Builder and Visionary

Henry Deane: African American Builder and Visionary Research and full article by Matt Scott and Gary Stanton Article summary (below) by Nancy Moore     In March 1935, Walker Evans—a photographer for the Resettlement Administration and later famous for his Farm Security Administration photos of the Depression—passed through Fredericksburg. He took two images of a […]

John J. Ballentine, Jr., Fredericksburg Architect

John Jennings Ballentine, Jr., Fredericksburg Architect By Michael Spencer, Assistant Professor University of Mary Washington, Department of Historic Preservation     John Jennings Ballentine Jr. was born August 5, 1923 in Baltimore, Maryland to John and Catherine Ballentine. Ballentine’s father worked as an early aviator for the U.S. Navy and his position often required that […]