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Evening Tour of Downtown's Historic Pubs

July 26, 2014

Approximate Start Time 5:00 – 6:00pm
Approximate End Time 9:30 – 10:00pm

So a Historian Walks into a Bar ...

By Emily Taggart Schricker
Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.

What makes a location—much less a drinking establishment—historic? Perhaps that level of notoriety lies in the eye of the beholder.

For the most dedicated of historians, particularly those that focus on the founding fathers' history of Fredericksburg, Weedon's Tavern could top the list. This tavern (which was much more than just a "bar" in the eighteenth century) was owned by Revolutionary War General George Weedon and was where Thomas Jefferson penned the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Weedon's clientele included many of Fredericksburg's famous residents, including General Hugh Mercer, Fielding Lewis' son, John, and even George Washington. Perhaps this location just might qualify as the most famous on the list.

For Gatsby-era fans, J. Brian's Taproom, previously known as the Exchange and Maury Hotels, may rank high on the list of most historic. When the Jefferson Davis Highway, now known as US Business Route 1, opened with much fanfare in 1927, the evening ended with two large dances, one at the Elks Home and the other at the Maury Hotel. With an estimated 25,000–40,000 people present in Fredericksburg for the highway's opening festivities, one can only imagine the excitement that surrounded these notable parties.

Perhaps neat and polished is how you like your history served? Then a martini at the Courtyard Marriott's Indian Queen Bar may be just what you had in mind. Although the building is new, the location's history dates back to the early days of Fredericksburg. Archaeological excavations done by Dovetail Cultural Resource Group in 2006, prior to the hotel's construction, uncovered the foundations of the Indian Queen Tavern. Operating from 1771 until 1832, the tavern was a well-respected restaurant and social center in the city, frequented by many famous founding fathers (and mothers). Perhaps you've heard of their sea turtle dinner?

Or if award-winning restoration and excellent historic preservation is your preference, then Thornton's Tavern will certainly stand out. The recent renovation of 523 Sophia Street done by Hilldrup Properties, Inc., revealed an astounding number of history tidbits while peeling off layers of siding, paint, and paneling. Dated as the oldest building in the city, it tells the story of Fredericksburg's 300-year evolution. Located at the city's original dock and ferry site, it survived the Civil War as well as the city's biggest floods.

Still can't decide which establishment is the most historic? The only way to know is to attend the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc.'s Historic Pub Tour on July 26, 2014. Hear more stories about these and other bar/pub/restaurant establishments throughout the evening. Reservations are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Contact HFFI at 540-371-4504 to purchase. Don't delay—due to limited space on the tour this event will likely sell out! (Please note: the tour will be 4–5 hours long because we will stop at some locations for a beverage. Attendees must be 21 and older and should be able to easily walk 1–1½ miles.)

Living in a historic city is a wonderful thing—experiencing its history only makes it better. Come and enjoy the stories Fredericksburg has to offer!


HFFI at the Farmers Market

August 2, 2014
Hurkamp Park, Fredericksburg

Pack up your reusable grocery bags, bring the dogs, and head out to the Fredericksburg Farmers Market. As part of the expanded Farmers Market on the first Saturday of each month HFFI will be there to join in the fun.


HFFI attends the Hallowed Ground/ FAMCC Tour of Washington Avenue

August 30, 2014

Hallowed Ground Tours and the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center host a variety of wonderful tours, and HFFI invites everyone to take advantage of this great resource.

This tour will take guests through the Washington Avenue Neighborhood. Tour meets at 11:30 am at the George Rogers Clark Memorial on the green in front of the Lewis Plantation.

For more information visit their website at www.hallowedgroundtours.com. Be sure to confirm the tour details or check for any last minute changes closer to the event by going to their website or contacting them at 540-809-3918 / tourmaster@hallowedgroundtours.com.

Vintage Route 1 Event

September 6, 2014

Put on your bobby socks and head to Riverfront Park for HFFI's Third Annual Vintage Route 1 Event! Learn about Fredericksburg's 20th-century history with guided tours, a vintage clothing fashion show, children's activities, classic cars, and exhibits showcasing Fredericksburg recent past.

This year's Streetcar Tour will focus on Fredericksburg 1940s history and the walking tour will highlight stories told by Fredericksburg residents in HFFI's Oral History collection. Tickets for tours will be on sale July 1, 2014. Check back for more information as the event draws closer.

If you or your business are interested in getting involved with the Vintage Route 1 Event or would like to be a sponsor please contact route1@hffi.org.


First Friday Open House

October 3, 2014

Celebrate fall at HFFI's First Friday Open House. Enjoy the fall weather and visit the Historic Lewis Store to see the latest history exhibit.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


HFFI attends the Hallowed Ground/ FAMCC Tour of Lower Caroline Street

October 11, 2014

Hallowed Ground Tours and the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center host a variety of wonderful tours, and HFFI invites everyone to take advantage of this great resource.

This tour will take guests around the Lower Caroline Neighborhood, location of the 2013 Candlelight Tour. Tour meets at 11:30 am in the Commuter Parking lot at the corner of Caroline and Prince Frederick Street.

For more information visit their website at www.hallowedgroundtours.com. Be sure to confirm the tour details or check for any last minute changes closer to the event by going to their website or contacting them at 540-809-3918 / tourmaster@hallowedgroundtours.com.


College Heights Tour

November, 2014

Join University of Mary Washington Professor, Michael Spencer, for a guided tour of the historic College Heights neighborhood. Learn the history of the University of Mary Washington area, including the history of buildings that are now part of the campus, through historic photos, maps, and extensive research efforts.


44th Annual Candlelight Tour

December 13-14, 2014

It wouldn't be the Holidays without HFFI's Downtown Candlelight Tour. Stay tuned for more details about where the tour will be held this year, but as always, it is sure to deliver beautiful homes with gorgeous decorations.


Events Calendars in Fredericksburg

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Electronic Calendar, Fredericksburg National Military and Park Service



 
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