Entries by HFFI Staff

Ducking Stools in Fredericksburg

Ducking Stools in Fredericksburg By: Michael Spencer   Ducking stools, “an instrument of punishment for nags, gossips, witches, and difficult individuals”, often consisted of a “…chair suspended from a sweeplike pole” that would be lowered into water.[1] While used throughout Europe during the medieval period, it was also used here in Virginia until the 19th […]

Job Listing – HFFI Volunteer and Event / Fundraising Coordinator

  Application period is now closed. Resumes are being reviewed and interviewees will be contact over the next two weeks. If no suitable applicant is found, the application period will reopen. Volunteer and Event / Fundraising Coordinator The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. is seeking a Volunteer & Events/ Fundraising Coordinator to work 25 hours per […]

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. […]