Sharing 60 years of architectural research

Research the history behind the buildings of Fredericksburg and find the untold stories of the city.


Discover the history behind the bricks and mortar.

The Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. is happy to open its records and research materials to the public. A long-term project of the organization is to make these records available electronically. Propriety information may be copied and used for research or commercially for a fee.

Available Resources

Property Files

A collection of files containing historical information, photos, reports, studies, news clippings, etc. on over 1800 individual properties in the Fredericksburg historic districts and general area.

Reference Files

A collection of over 100 files containing miscellaneous information pertaining to a broad range of topics (places, people, events) relating to the history of the Fredericksburg region.

Photo Collection

A collection of over 3,500 images, including photos, negatives, slides, photocopies, etc., dating from the late 19th century through the present.  Images cover a wide range of subjects (e.g., historic buildings/properties, people, events). Currently this collection is being digitized and placed into a digital database, this project is made possible with support from the Virginia Heritage Fund of The Community Foundation.

Marker Reports

A collection of over 250 compact illustrated reports giving a narrative history, chain of title, and other material related to Fredericksburg historic properties researched at the owners’ request by our Marker program since 1996.

Oral Histories

The Oral History Collection of over 130 interviews of longtime Fredericksburg residents, often accompanied by photos and other memorabilia.  Available on paper and on CD.


Over 200 publications, including books, pamphlets, serial publications, dealing with a variety of topics (history, architecture, places, people) related to the Fredericksburg region and Virginia.

Other Resources

Annual Candle Light Tour of Historic Homes Books/Guides Contain historical summaries of the homes and neighborhood featured each year (since 1970)

John J. Ballentine, Jr. collection of architectural drawings (currently housed outside the building).

Location and Contact Information


2nd Floor of the Lewis Store, 1200 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday-Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (or by appointment)


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