HFFI Events

I would like to take this opportunity to both thank AND compliment everyone at HFFI for their hard work on the Historic Pub Tour this past weekend. It is near impossible for us to believe this was the first such outing as it was so perfectly arranged and executed! We thought all the speakers were knowledgeable, articulate and extremely interesting. Again, to ALL of the HFFI associates that planned and participated—we’d like to extend our thanks and appreciation for a job well done! -HFFI Member


Upcoming Events


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2021 Fall/Winter Walking Tours with the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
$10/$8 members

Individual event details and registration links below. 

November 7

Black History Walking Tour

A repeat of our popular event from this summer, this tour highlights the new marker commemorating the Freedom Riders and emphasizes black military history in honor of Veterans Day. Sunday, November 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m., including a sit-down break. Meet at the public parking lot at 901 Sophia Street. $10/$8 for members.

Registration Required — register HERE

December 5

Christmas Shopping in the 1950s Walking Tour

Before the mall and big box stores, downtown was the only place to shop. Stroll along Caroline Street as we explore the shops of the 1950s and how Fredericksburg celebrated Christmas. Sunday, December 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m., including a sit-down break. Meet at the public parking lot at 901 Sophia Street. $10/$8 for members.

Registration Required — register HERE

December 10-12, 2021

51st Annual Candlelight Tour

Mark your calendars for small group guided tours and digital walking tour components.  This year’s tour takes place in the 1100 block of Charles Street and along Lewis Street.  We can’t wait to have you join us in this annual tradition!

Timed Tour Ticketing — Registration Required

Visit the Candlelight Tour page for more details

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Past Events


Tunnel Vision Tour

Thursday October 21, 2021

4:00-8:00 p.m. – 826 Caroline Street

Join Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. for a tour of the Hay Scale Alley building at 826 Caroline Street, including the underground access in the basement.  This tour has been graciously donated by building owners, Mary and Roger Carson, and is hosted by the Carsons and tenants of the building.

The tour will include a special dinner & drinks featuring food by Juan More Taco, a treat from Fredericksburg Cupcake, and a tour describing the building’s history. The Members Only tour runs from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and the Public tour runs from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Each tour is limited to 10 participants.

Starting bid for the Members Only tour is $75.  Auction runs October 1-10.  See member email for auction link.

Starting bid for the Public tour is $100.  Auction runs October 11-20.  Click here to bid.

*Additional Information:  All participants will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, when not eating or drinking.  Small group tour sizes will allow for social distancing.  Attendees will be required to sign a special liability waiver prior to the start of the tour.  Comfortable shoes encouraged; no high heels (P.S. you may get a little dirty).

Proceeds will benefit the General Fund of the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.  Thank you to our hosts in the Hay Scale Alley Building for providing this unique event benefiting the education and advocacy mission of HFFI:

Mary and Roger Carson

Juan More Taco:  Honduran & Latin American Food in Downtown Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg Cupcake:  Cupcake Boutique Bakery

Massage RX:  Massage services 

Coping Matters PLLC:  Psychotherapy counseling for individuals between the ages of 5 to senior adults. Therapist:  Davene A. Mathis, LCSW 

Sculpted Micro:  Hair Tattoos


2021 Summer Walking Tours with the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

Saturdays at 10 am
$10/$7 members

The tours will cover about one mile and last 1.5-2 hours. We will take a short break halfway through each tour to sit down and drink water (provided) in air-conditioning.

Registration Required

Tour departure locations will be listed in confirmation email (subject to change).

Individual event details and registration links below. 

June 26

Black History 1728-2021

This tour, based on Jervis Hairston’s popular event, celebrates some of the unsung heroes of Fredericksburg.

Registration Required — register HERE

July 3

In the Footsteps of George Washington

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend by exploring Fredericksburg through the eyes of our own founding father. Visit his favorite places in town, including bars, stores, and homes of his friends and family.

Registration Required — register HERE

 July 10

The Suburbs of Hanover Street

Explore the early suburbs of Fredericksburg: Allan Town, New Town, Liberty Town, Fairview, Kelly Field, and Hanover Heights. Now part of the city, these early neighborhoods show the growth of our town over the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Registration Required — register HERE

July 31

Follow the Fire of 1807

Trace the path of Fredericksburg’s most devastating fire, which destroyed five blocks of Caroline and Sophia streets. Learn about the cause of the fire, early fire insurance, the humanitarian efforts to provide relief to the “Sufferers of the late Fire,” and the call for more organized firefighting brigades.

Registration Required — register HERE

August 7

Shopping Downtown in the 1950s

Before the mall and Walmart, everyone in a 30-mile radius came to downtown Fredericksburg to go shopping. We’ll walk you back in time along Caroline Street, showcasing plenty of old photos and ads to recreate back-to-school shopping over the sales tax holiday weekend.

 Registration Required — register HERE

August 21

Women’s Suffrage: 101 Years Later

Learn about early suffrage efforts in Virginia and Fredericksburg and the local people who helped it happen. Celebrate the 101st anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Registration Required — register HERE
NEW — Second Tour Added @ 11 am — register HERE


May 20, 2021 @ 7:00pm (Virtual Talk)

Route One:  The History of Driving in Fredericksburg

FREE (Suggested donation $5)

Registration Required — register HERE


May 6, 2021 @ 7:00pm (Virtual Talk)

Prohibition:  The History of (not) Drinking in Fredericksburg

FREE (Suggested donation $5)

Registration Required — register HERE


April 22, 2021 @ 7:00pm (Virtual Talk)

Grub in the Burg:  The History of Dining Out in Fredericksburg

FREE (Suggested donation $5)

Registration Required — register HERE


Event Sponsorship Information

Click here for more information on how to Sponsor an HFFI Event. 

Reserve your spot online using the individual event links or call 540-371-4504

Event Sponsors