Experience Fredericksburg's 20th Century History
Downtown Fredericksburg - September 7, 2013
Follow the original Route 1 down Princess Anne Street and Lafayette Boulevard and learn how this new "Highway" would forever change Fredericksburg.
Guided Tours of Historic Route 1
Learn the rich history of this well traveled corridor that has seen both change and growth as well as being an anchor for the city of Fredericksburg.
New this year is a Streetcar Tour of Lafayette Boulevard that will explore the growth of this important corridor through the 20th century. Lafayette Boulevard has changed dramatically from the time it was called Prussia Street, to its addition of National Boulevard, to its current title of Lafayette Boulevard. See what buildings have lasted through the 20th century and which ones have now disappeared with only the stories left to tell.
This year we are happy to announce the addition of a Walking Tour of Princess Anne Street. If you didn't go on the Streetcar Tour of this intriguing road last year, this is your chance to see what you missed. Learn how the small town of Fredericksburg became the by-way for so many travelers in the early 20th century. Gas stations, tourist homes, and eating establishments developed along this road, then a two-way street, to cater to the growing number of residents and tourist clientele. Learn about the 500 block of Princess Anne St, historically known as home to African American businesses, what block they used to spin records on, and where the Fredericksburg skyscraper was located.
Join the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. (HFFI) at their annual downtown celebration of Fredericksburg's 20th -century history. The Vintage Route 1 Tour & Downtown Community Day is an all day event that includes ticketed Streetcar Tours of Lafayette Blvd. and Walking Tours of Princess Anne St. (both part of the original Route 1 Highway), as well as free activities for the whole family. Free events include a Vintage Fashion Show, Classic Cars at Riverfront Park, Vintage Photo and Artifact Exhibits at the Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge #4 (803 Princess Anne St.), Oral History Collection and a variety of Children's Activities in Riverfront Park. Come dressed for your favorite decade and join the fun!