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SPRING 2024 Contents

10-18 Calendar of Events

20 Featured Article

The Allstate Community Theater

22 Featured Article

I Made A Coworker Cry

24 Travel and Tourism

25 Featured Poem

More Than A Chore

26 Featured Article

ex•pe•ri•enced

28 Senior Living

28 Featured Poem

What A Mighty Tree It Is...

30 Featured Article

Downtown Greens:

Fredericksburg’s Secret Garden

31 Featured Article

Scouts Honor Fallen Military Servicemembers

in 29th Annual Luminaria Program

32 Relocation

Community Services 32

Relocation Guide 33

34 Maps

34-35 Civil War Map

36-37 Downtown Historic Map

38-39 Area Map

42-43 Featured Article

Fredericksburg’s Sunkin Road Isn’t

44 Featured Article

The Ai Era No One Saw Coming

45 Featured Article

Life Unleashed: The Power of Taking Creative

Control in Your Personal Story

46 Featured Article

Empowering Personal Safety: What Do You

Carry For Personal Protection?

47 Shopping

62 Featured Article

Virginia’s Hummingbirds:

A Symphony of Wings and Color

64-65 Central Park

66 Restaurants

Restaurant Guide 74

76 Wineries & Breweries

Fredericksburg Guidebook is an

Official Partner with

Stafford County Public Schools

Owner/Publisher Julie Jennings

Public Relations and Advertising

Julie Jennings

Graphic Design Tischa Carter

Photography Julie Jennings

Web D esign

STS SEO Digital Marketing

Michael Conrad

Sales Representative Julie Jennings

Staff Writer Julie Jennings

Editor Chase Messinger

Contributing Writers

Janet Douberly • Caitlin Foschini

Mike Haas • Henry Michaloski

Ray Manfredi • Lou Kelley

Lori Knowles • Will King

John Gillespie, JR,

Erik F. Nelson • Missy Walden

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Department of Tourism

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©2023 by Fredericksburg Guidebook

Next Issue: July 1, 2024

Artwork Deadline:May 23, 2024

Events Deadline: May 23, 2024

We, here at the Fredericksburg Guidebook,

aim to provide options and ideas to

visitors and businesses in the Greater

Fredericksburg area. Our staff would like

to extend a warm welcome to our town’s

newcomers and offer our assistance with

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Please note that events and details are subject to change.

ONGOING

Please visit FXBG.com for event

updates in the Fredericksburg area.

FIRST FRIDAY of Each Month

5pm - 9pm

706 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA, USA

FXBG First Friday is an event that happens on the

first Friday of every month that celebrates the

amazing art, community, and vibrancy of

Downtown Fredericksburg. From 5pm to 9pm

during every First Friday, adults aged 21+ can

purchase a beer, wine or cocktail at a

participating restaurant and enjoy it while

strolling within the marked boundaries

Downtown. See the Sip and Stroll link below for

additional details on Sip and Stroll! For details

check out FXBG.com

MARCH

March 1 - 24

Riverside Center Presents Jersey Boys

95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg

The musical EVERYONE has been waiting for!

With phenomenal music, memorable characters,

and great storytelling, Jersey Boys follows the

fascinating evolution of four blue-collar kids who

became one of the greatest successes in popmusic

history. Winner of Best Musical at both the

Tony Awards® and Olivier Awards®, Jersey Boys

takes you behind the music of Frankie Valli and

The Four Seasons to discover the secret of a 40-

year friendship as the foursome work their way

from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of

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stardom. Enjoy electrifying performances of charttopping

hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t

Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Dawn,” and

“My Eyes Adored You,” which brought The Four

Seasons the highest honor: induction into the

Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. $,

www.riversidedt.com/jerseyboys-2024

March 2

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

12:00pm-2:00pm

51 Towne Centre Blvd, Fredericksburg

Spare a day for fun while supporting Big Brothers

Big Sisters’ mission to provide mentors to children

in the community! You are an integral part of our

celebratory Bowl for Kids’ Sake event! Put

together a bowling team and invite family and

friends to donate toward your fundraising pages

OR support us by donating to a bowler or team!

Bowlers who meet the fundraising minimums will

enjoy 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, BBBS T-

Shirt, pizza, and a chance to win our exclusive

raffle prizes! www.bbbsfred.org/bowl

March 16

Grand Slamrock 5K, Strike it Lucky 1 Mile,

Leprechaun Chase 1/2 Mile

8am-11am

42 Jackie Robinson Wy, Fredericksburg

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the approach

of baseball season at the 3rd Annual Grand

Slamrock 5K. This is the perfect event to slide into

Spring after you’ve dugout from a long winter of

cold and snow. Runners and walkers alike are

welcome to join us in this race! What’s included

in your pot of gold? A fast, flat USATF certified

course. Finish on the field inside the stadium!


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Convenient parking and amenities. Custom

finisher medals. Unique race t-shirt design

Races for all ages and abilities. Watch yourself

finish on the stadium big screen. A post-race

beverage courtesy of Mattern Staffing!

https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Fredericksburg/Gra

ndSlamrock

March 16

Shamrocks and Shenanigans at

A. Smith Bowman Distillery

11:00am-4:00pm

A. Smith Bowman Distillery

1 Bowman Drive, Fredericksburg

Get ready for a day filled with whimsical

shenanigans at our inaugural Shamrocks and

Shenanigans Festival sponsored by the

Fredericksburg Roller Derby on Saturday, March

16th from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Challenge your

friends to a friendly jousting match, dash through

magical chairs, join the excitement of unicorn

races, and beware of mischievous leprechauns

adding a magical touch to the festivities – it will

be a day packed with laughter, excitement, and

Irish cheer! If you aren’t ready to take on the

shenanigans, enjoy live music from Kinnfolk and

UMW Eagle Pipe Band, sip on beer from Water’s

End, savor specially crafted St. Patrick’s Day

cocktails, or take a tour of Virginia’s oldest and

most award-winning distillery with

complimentary tastings throughout the day.

Don your green attire and join us for an Irishinspired

celebration where shenanigans rule the

day! Admission and parking are free.

asmithbowman.com

March 16

FOR’s 12th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

4:00pm-9:00pm • 5:30pm-8:30pm

Bushnell Hall, 1701 College Ave, Fredericksburg

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one of the

largest environmental film festivals in North

America and we are excited to bring the festival

to our river community for the 12th year! Join us

for a series of inspirational films that feature

adventure, conservation and calls to action you

can make possible in your community. We will

have community and student groups with info

on how you can get involved locally, raffle

prizes and some amazing films! Free admission

for students (Kindergarten through College)!

Secure your tickets today at

riverfriends.org/event/12th_annual_wsff/

(540)373-3448 ext. 152. Hosted by Friends of

the Rappahannock.

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EVENTS

MIDAS

Midas offers complete auto care for your

vehicle. Whether it’s time for your next

factory recommended maintenance visit,

a routine oil change, new tires, or repair

services on your brakes, muffler and

exhaust, suspension, air conditioner, or any

other mechanical or electrical component of

your car, Midas is in your neighborhood and

ready to serve you. We have two facilities

conveniently located in Fredericksburg just

for you. Come by and let us become your

one-stop Home Service Center.

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March 17

Chamber Concert Series: Moch Pryderi

Celtic Music

3:00pm

905 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg

The St. George Chamber Music Series continues

its tradition of fine music in downtown

Fredericksburg, Virginia. The popular series

brings a variety of talented regional and national

performers to the beautiful nave of St. George’s

Episcopal Church in historic Old Town

Fredericksburg for an afternoon of “beautiful

music in a beautiful space”. The 2024 Concert

Series features a wide range of music offerings

such as jazz, classical, Celtic, and organ.

www.stgeorgesepiscopal.net/music/concerts/cha

mber-music-series/

March 23

Nerf Mania

Wave 1: 11AM-1PM Wave 2: 1:30-3:30PM

Wave 3: 4-6PM

Virginia Credit Union Stadium, Fredericksburg

Come to Virginia Credit Union Stadium for some

action-packed fun as we transform the park into

a Nerf battlefield. Nerf Mania will feature play for

all ages. Bring your own Nerf gun(s) and

protective eyewear. We will supply the Nerf

bullets (basic Nerf bullets). Players must wear

protective eyewear. Staff reserves the right to

deny the use of any participant’s Nerf gun that

they feel is too powerful.

https://secure.rec1.com/VA/fredericksburgva/catalog.

March 22 - 23

Fine Art Show & Sal

10:00am-8:00pm

408 Canal St, Fredericksburg

The public is invited to come browse more than

275 pieces of original artwork created by more

than 117 local artists. Sponsored by the Woman’s

Club of Fredericksburg and Fredericksburg Parks,

Recreation and Events.

www.fredericksburgva.gov/1306/Fine-Art-Show

March 22 - 23

The Starship Improvise (In Improv Event)

Stage Door Productions, 810 Caroline Street,

Fredericksburg, www.stagedoorproductions.org,

540-903-3808.

THE BIBB AGENCY

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or business need not be a big hassle. Just let

Goosehead do it for you! Goosehead is an

independent agency that represents over 50

different insurance companies all across the

USA and will shop for you to find the best

combo of coverage and price for your individual

needs. So whether brand new to the area or a

long term resident let us help you with your

insurance needs.

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March 24

Beeping Egg Hunt

2:00pm-4:00pm

Gari Melchers Home and Studio,

224 Washington St, Falmouth

Since 2011, the Education Department has invited

visually impaired or blind children and their

families to participate in a Beeping Egg Hunt. This

annual event is reminiscent of the Easter parties

Corinne Melchers, with her husband’s

encouragement, would host for local children

each year at Belmont, complete with Punch and

Judy shows, egg rolls, fanciful invitations, and

plenty of favors. Our specially designed plastic

eggs, which were made and donated by the

International Association of Bomb Technicians and

EVENTS

Investigators volunteers, emit a chirping sound

that allows children to retrieve them using their

hearing. Sighted siblings are encouraged to

participate by wearing a blindfold. The event also

includes a petting zoo, a Touch a Tractor station,

sensory activities, plus verbal descriptions, and

touch tours in the art gallery.

www.garimelchers.org/learn/beeping-egg-hunt/

March 29

Dog Egg Hunt

6:00pm

42 Jackie Robinson Way, Fredericksburg

Come dressed to enter our doggie costume

contest to compete for prizes!! Bring your dogs

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crafting bespoke local marketing strategies, including Google Ads, SEO, Content Marketing, and

more. Let’s design something amazing for your business.

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and come join the fun at our annual Dog Easter

Egg Hunt. This is a great way to get out and play

with your favorite furry friend. Your registration

of $8 allows up to two dogs to join in the fun!

Dogs must be at least 12 weeks old. A small dog

area will also be available for dogs under 15 lbs.

Pre-registration is required. All dog parents must

sign a release acknowledging their dog(s) are

current on shots and are healthy.

https://secure.rec1.com/VA/fredericksburgva/catalog

March 29

Movies in the Park

7:30pm

Riverfront Park Fredericksburg, Sophia Street

Doggy Double Feature: A Children’s Easter

Cartoon and “Lady and the Tramp” (2022)

March 22 - April 7

Romeo and Juliet

Stage Door Productions, 810 Caroline Street,

Fredericksburg, www.stagedoorproductions.org,

540-903-3808.

APRIL

April 3 - May 12

Riverside Center Presents Jersey Boys

95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg

They’re Playing Our Song is the perfect date night

out in Fredericksburg! In this Neil Simon musical

comedy based on the real-life relationship

between Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager,

an award-winning, wisecracking composer hires a

disorganized, oddball lyricist, creating a match not

initially made in heaven. Professionally, their

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EVENTS

relationship works beautifully. Personally, the

comic sparks fly as romance blossoms during a

bumpy, hilarious path to true love by the final

curtain. This Tony-nominated musical featuring

Hamlisch and Bayer Sager songs is upbeat and

entertaining, promising a perfect outing for

entertainment and laughs.Enjoy a delicious meal

before the show in our spacious theater, grab a

drink from the bar and enjoy our live incredible

orchestra! It will be a night to remember!

www.riversidedt.com/theyreplaying-2024

April 5

FredVends Artisan Market

5:00pm-9:00pm

Hurkamp Park, 500 William St, Fredericksburg

Join us on First Friday for the first FredVends

market of the season! Local artisans and local

fare! www.instagram.com/fredvends

April 6

Marquis de Lafayette & Mary Washington Tour

Mary Washington House

In the spring of 1781, Mary Washington received

an unexpected visitor when Marquis de Lafayette

came to Fredericksburg to meet members of the

Washington family. This special tour will focus on

Mary Washington's friendship with the Marquis de

Lafayette! $15 Tours, $12 for WHM members.

April 20

Earth Day Festival

11:00am-4:00pm

Old Mill Park, 2201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg

Join us for our 2024 Earth Day Festival! This event

will be filled with fun, family activities to

celebrate Earth Day. Participate in virtual events

leading up to the festival and then come to Old

Mill Park on Saturday, April 20 for our annual

festival. This FREE festival is filled with interactive

activities, live music, delicious food, and much

more. From citizen science projects to art

contests, and live music to live animals, there is

something for everyone! https://earthdayfred.com

April 21

Heppe 15K

7am - 1pm

Riverfront Park, Sophia Street, Fredericksburg

Heppe Chiropractic is proud to offer the only 15K

race in Fredericksburg with a beautiful course that

runs along the Rappahannock River and through

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WINE & DESIGN FREDERICKSBURG

Wine & Design is the perfect place to

unwind and have fun. We offer a range of

affordable private and public paint and sip

parties for all ages, groups and talents.

From girls nights out to birthday parties,

work events to date nights, Wine & Design

has you covered. What’s better than

toasting to a good time with friends? To us,

not much. Wine & Design is a fun way to

create memories and masterpieces. Bring

your friends or significant other and enjoy a

glass of wine during one of our two-hour

classes. We’ll provide the canvases and

paint brushes as a local artist guides you

through the evening, stroke-by-stroke.

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the historic streets of downtown Fredericksburg

and along the Heritage Trail and Canal Path. The

course starts and ends at Riverfront Park off

Sophia Street. We had a great turnout last year

and we expect this year to be even better! A

post-race award ceremony will be held at Water’s

End Brewery with lots of prizes and fun to be

had! Our featured Charity for the race is Mental

Health America of Fredericksburg. You can see

more at http://www.mhafred.org. Please join us in

celebrating Fredericksburg while supporting an

amazing charity!

April 21

Chamber Concert Series:

The Portland Guitar Duo

3:00pm

905 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg

The St. George Chamber Music Series continues

its tradition of fine music in downtown

Fredericksburg, Virginia. The popular series brings

a variety of talented regional and national

performers to the beautiful nave of St. George’s

Episcopal Church in historic Old Town

Fredericksburg for an afternoon of “beautiful

music in a beautiful space”. The 2024 Concert

Series features a wide range of music offerings

such as jazz, classical, Celtic, and organ.

www.stgeorgesepiscopal.net/music/concerts/cha

mber-music-series.

April 22 - April 27

St. James’ House Spring Opening

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM daily

1300 Charles St, Fredericksburg

Tour the beautiful home and garden of one of

Fredericksburg's early attorneys, James Mercer.

The house is particularly noted for its fine

collection of antique furniture and decorative arts

acquired by Daniel Breslin and William Tolerton.

Together, they restored St. James’ in the mid-

1960s and eventually bequeathed it to

Preservation Virginia. St. James’ House now serves

as the headquarters for Washington Heritage

Museums. $10 admission, discounts available

WHM members tour free.

MAY

May 3 - 4

Harry Improviser and the Yes Prince

(An Improv Event)

Stage Door Productions, 810 Caroline Street,

Fredericksburg, www.stagedoorproductions.org,

540-903-3808.

May 10 - 12

Clybourne Park

Stage Door Productions, 810 Caroline Street,

Fredericksburg, www.stagedoorproductions.org,

540-903-3808.

May 11

Games in the Garden

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Mary Washington House

Stop by and enjoy games as they were played in

the 18th century! While some we don't hear

much about today, others we know by different

names. Guests will also have the chance to

decorate their own paper hand fan to keep them

cool. FREE activities; Museum tours available for a

fee.

May 15

The Marine Corps Historic Half

6:00am

The 13.1 mile run in Fredericksburg, VA boasts a

fantastic finisher medal, terrific technical

participant shirt and a start ceremony concluding

with the shout of a town crier and the blast of a

vintage musket. Registration is now open.

www.marinemarathon.com/event/historic-halfmarathon/

May 17 - 26

Sally Cotter and the Sensored Stone

Stage Door Productions, 810 Caroline Street,

Fredericksburg, www.stagedoorproductions.org,

540-903-3808.

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LODGING

COUNTRY INN & SUITES

Country Inn & Suites is located on Rt. 1

off I-95 at exit 126. This luxury inn is

centrally placed between Historic

Downtown Fredericksburg and

Spotsylvania's Southpoint & Cosner's

Corner Shopping centers. Convenient,

comfortable, and always accommodating,

and welcome to the Country Inn Suites.

They offer a hearty breakfast, spacious

affordable non smoking rooms, and

friendly personable staff. Hosting a

meeting or special event? They have space

for up to 170 guests, and a professional

staff to assist with planning and set up.

They have coffee and fresh baked cookies

24 hours a day. Take a dip in their large

indoor pool with spa. Fitness room and

business center are also on site. All rooms

are equipped with high speed wireless

internet, microwave and fridge. They're

pet friendly too! Come stay at The

Country Inn And Suites and they'll show

you what hospitality is all about.

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EVENTS

May 19

Chamber Concert Series: Spring Organ Concert

3:00pm

St. George's Episcopal Church, Princess Anne

Street, Fredericksburg

The St. George Chamber Music Series continues

its tradition of fine music in downtown

Fredericksburg, Virginia. The popular series brings

a variety of talented regional and national

performers to the beautiful nave of St. George’s

Episcopal Church in historic Old Town

Fredericksburg for an afternoon of “beautiful

music in a beautiful space”. The 2024 Concert

Series features a wide range of music offerings

such as jazz, classical, Celtic, and organ.

www.stgeorgesepiscopal.net/music/concerts/cham

ber-music-series

May 22 - July 14

Riverside Center Presents The Wizard of Oz

Wed: 11:30am-4pm; Sun: 1pm-5:30pm;

Thurs-Sat: 5:30pm-10pm

95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg

We’re off to see the Wizard! This timeless tale, in

which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas

over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz – has

been charming audiences for generations. Follow

the yellow brick road all the way to the Emerald

City in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank

Baum’s enduring classic. Filled with brains, heart,

and courage, and featuring the iconic score from

the MGM film, The Wizard of Oz is fun for the

whole family! www.riversidedt.com/wizardofoz-

2024.

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May 27

Wreath Laying at the

Hugh Mercer Monument

1:00 PM

Washington Avenue

A hero of the Revolutionary War, Hugh Mercer

served as a brigadier general under George

Washington and practiced as a physician in

Fredericksburg from about 1761 to 1776. There

will be a bagpipe accompaniment as part of a

ceremony to honor General Mercer's sacrifice to

our liberty at the Battle of Princeton in 1777. For

your comfort, we suggest that you bring a lawn

chair. This event is free to the public.

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JUNE

June 14 - 15

Improv Strikes Out - Musical

(An Improv Event)

Stage Door Productions, 810 Caroline Street

www.stagedoorproductions.org, 540-903-3808.

June 21-30

Annie Get Your Gun

Stage Door Productions, 810 Caroline Street,

www.stagedoorproductions.org, 540-903-3808.

June 28-29

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Stage Door Productions, 810 Caroline Street,

Fredericksburg, www.stagedoorproductions.org,

540-903-3808.

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THE ALLSTATE COMMUNITY THEATER

A Manfredi Insurance Family Gift to Fredericksburg

If you are a part of Fredericksburg, then you know Live Theater is the town thing. An all new venue

with experienced talent has entered the arena. The all-new 6,000 sq ft, 200 six level seating, overlooking

the massive 45ft stage, known as the Allstate Community Theater of Fredericksburg, a $250,000 gift from

Ray Manfredi owner of Manfredi Insurance Group to the theater community. Located at 810 Caroline

Street, the new theater has professional sound and lighting, nostalgic concessions-stand, and serves beer

and wine as well.

Ray and Cathy Manfredi created this wonderful space with the theater community in mind. After

COVID hit the area so hard it was clear to the family that many theater groups had to cancel shows and

survive on reserve funds. Prior to COVID these same actor troupes struggled to find venues to put on

shows, typically resorting to school stages, library meeting rooms, or other available space at a premium

that was both costly and counterproductive to putting on a great show. As a result of using non-theater

type facilities, the audience tended to be subject to uncomfortable seating with blocked views of the

stage, at the same eye-level.

The Manfredi’s decided they would build a multi-purpose shared resource facility, using theater

design and elevated seating areas. The simple goal was to allow any theater group in the area to use and

share in the resources of the professional grade lighting, sound, and stage scenery, without the cost. The

Allstate Community Theater is managed by Stage Door Productions (established 1999) a local 501c3.

Regular groups found in the theater include Fredericksburg Institute for the Performing Arts (Workshops

and Classes); The Fredericksburg Improv Players; Fredericksburg Theater Ensemble; Keep Your Heart

Ministries (Spiritual Concerts); Children’s Playhouse Theater; Late-Night Karaoke; National Stand-Up

Comedian Tours; and other groups use the facility as well, keeping the stage active all year round. In fact,

this year alone, there will be close to 22 full-length productions (plays or musicals) on the stage, or about

two per month.

At the new theater you can see amazing plays, comedies, dramas, and even some thought provoking

edgy theater. In addition, the community will have access to workshops and classes for all ages, both

youth and adult, for theater related fields, including acting, costuming, improv, light and sound training,

set design and constructions, as well as many other avenues of skill building. Any budding artist or

seasoned professional looking to take on new challenges should look here for skill building opportunities.

Although shows for the most part are live productions, they also have a large projection screen and

will have some classic and edgy films in the after dark program. First up is Rocky Horror Picture Show

during Pride Week.

Still to come at the facility is a small Children’s Workshop Theater Stage, a Dance Studio, and new

Dressing Rooms, and Fully Loaded Green Room with all the things a star needs to get ready before a show.

The project is far from complete, but the results this far are amazing. If you have not yet visited the new

theater, you must do so. You can find tickets to most of the shows at www.AllstateCommunityTheater.org,

but check back often because every two weeks more performances are added to the

annual schedule.

Bottom line – if you like live theater, you will love this new theater, the Allstate

Community Theater, a gift from Manfredi Insurance to our historic community, located

at 810 Caroline Street Fredericksburg. If your performance or professional group needs

a venue to hold a meeting or put on a show, contact ray@stagedoorproductions.org.

Please contact Manfredi Insurance Group at 877- 971-8830, if you would like to thank

the agency for supporting Fredericksburg arts.

Ray Manfredi

Completed seating tiers

Ray Manfredi, primary benefactor,

putting primer down on the

seating tiers.

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Auditorium and stage as set for the production

Over the River and Through the Woods


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I MADE A COWORKER CRY

by Lou Kelley

I decided on a part-time job to cover some marketing costs. The job allowed me to enter the gain a

different perspective after serving in the military and working for the Federal Government for the previous

35 years. The experience, although relatively short, gave me some new friends and a chance to see the

world through the eyes of a front line employee in the commercial sector.

As I clocked in on my last shift, I told a few of the associates that I was leaving (on a good note) and

that I appreciated the opportunity to work with them. I offered a few observations to one of the managers

and some of my colleagues whom I had seen most frequently. There was one young woman; let’s call her

Ruth, whom I made a special note of speaking to that night. Even though we rarely spoke she impressed

me and I wanted her to know it.

I saw Ruth just about every day. Usually, Ruth was interacting with customers, she was always

pleasant and always in motion. When Ruth was not working with a customer, she cleaned her area, helped

other associates, or returned merchandise to its department. She was never without a smile and she

offered to help when she saw the opportunity to do so. I told Ruth that this was my last shift, and I wanted

to share a few observations about her that I had noticed. Initially, Ruth appeared concerned about what I

would say. I told her it was all good, I wanted to share it with her because I felt it was important for her to

hear it. I said: “You are always very quiet, and it is easy for people to overlook you. I see you getting things

done quietly and professionally, always happy to help, and easy to approach. I want you to know that while

we did not speak much, I noticed you.” Ruth’s eyes turned red and she started to tear up. Ruth responded:

“you are going to make me cry. Thank you! No one has ever said that to me.” Ruth’s team leader was one

of the better leaders in the organization. That leader was very careful to give constructive feedback, coach

new employees, and help people improve their performance. I believe there was one thing missing, positive

affirmations for the team members who are doing it all correctly without drawing attention to themselves.

My encounter with Ruth made me wonder, as leaders how often do we give “good feedback”? How

often do we do things to affirm our team member’s efforts when no other feedback is necessary? Ruth is

a quiet professional who does not need any correction, she does her job well and that allows her team

leader to focus on other parts of the team that need more attention and direction. I believe that in the daily

grind, it was easy to forget about the people like Ruth. I am glad I spoke to Ruth. At the same time, I should

not have been the first person to say that to her.

James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits says that the cardinal rule of behavior change is “what

rewarded gets repeated, what gets punished gets avoided.” It follows that rewarding existing behaviors

ensures they continue. As leaders, we should not be afraid to give feedback when it is necessary, we should

also look for opportunities to give feedback on the things we want to see continue. In addition to giving

feedback, leaders should solicit feedback from all of our team members on a routine basis. Feedback in

both directions increases trust, connection, and engagement. That connection could make all the

difference in someone’s day.

When was the last time you told a coworker they were doing a good job? Are there any quiet

professionals on your team that you have overlooked? Are team members who you would miss if they left

today? What are you going to do to provide positive feedback, thank the steady performers, and keep your

key players?

Investing in leadership training and practices increases employee satisfaction, engagement, retention,

and performance. I am happy to help you or your organization learn more about leadership so your team

can keep the high performers, raise employee engagement, and be more productive.

Lou Kelley is a Leadership Coach and the owner of the Honing Stone. Lou has over 35 years of

military and federal government experience and his passion is helping people perform at their best.

Lou.Kelley@thehoningstone.com • www.thehoningstone.com

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WITNESS THRU FITNESS

In 2021, Adrienne Reece received a

medical diagnosis of Pre Type 2 Diabetes.

Determined not to allow the full diagnosis

to manifest, Adrienne took her health “by

the horns” and steered things in the other

direction. Not long afterwards, Adrienne’s

doctor erased the file out of the system

completely because there was no trace of

diabetes in any of her blood work! Today,

Adrienne is enthusiastic and passionate

about sharing her story and educating her

community on the benefits of

incorporating juicing into their lifestyle

since only 12% of Americans meet the

daily recommendation for fruits and

vegetables. New to the Fredericksburg

area, Adrienne is excited to share her

brand (Witness Thru Fitness) with the

community. She offers weekly, biweekly,

or monthly delivery of her juices and

wellness shots to Fredericksburg and

surrounding areas. Her menu is constantly

being updated and she strives to locally

source her ingredients to keep things just

the way you like them…fresh! Follow

Witness Thru Fitness on social media and

mention this ad for a discount off your

first order!

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TRAVEL

&

TOURISM

TROLLEY TOURS OF FREDERICKSBURG

is the city’s only tour that includes historic

homes, attractions and the famous Sunken

Road: site of the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Thirty-five monuments, markers and

attractions are included in the tour along with

the Confederate and Federal Cemeteries and

America’s Oldest Masonic Cemetery. Tickets

are available online. Information also can be

found at the Downtown Fredericksburg’s

Visitor Center, located at 706 Caroline Street.

Wine tours include shuttle bus

transportation, tasting fees at three

wineries, a boxed lunch and bottled water.

Learn more at

www.fredericksburgtrolley.com/wine.

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TRAVEL & TOURISM

More than a Chore

by Henry Michaloski

WASHINGTON HERITAGE MUSEUMS

Step into the Age of Revolution at Washington

Heritage Museums. Tour the home of George

Washington's mother, Mary. After learning about

her life, explore the verdant gardens and visit the

museum store. Discover the era's medical

practices at the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop.

Crab claws, spider webs, and herbs each served

a purpose in healing Fredericksburg's residents.

Step into the Rising Sun Tavern to acquaint

yourself with period travel and entertainment in

what was originally the private home of George

Washington's brother, Charles. Complete your

day with a visit to the Mary Washington

Monument.

Mary Washington House – 1200 Charles St.

Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop – 1020 Caroline St.

Rising Sun Tavern – 1304 Caroline St.

Mary Washington Monument – 1500 Washington Av.

I cannot wash the dishes,

I do not believe its fun,

I have a boo boo on my pinky,

and a sliver in my thumb.

My legs are sore from running,

my muscles make me think,

How much more sore they’ll be,

when I’m standing at the sink.

The pile of plates and saucers,

reaches almost to my chin,

they’re stacked and packed so tightly,

there’s no where to begin.

I cannot find the scrubby,

the liquid soap is out of reach,

this chore is just so dreadful,

I’d rather be at the beach!

At least when I am swimming

in the sunshine with my friend,

its a more funner way to get wet,

than with dishes without end.

Diving, paddling and splashing,

or hiking up the sandy dunes,

is much more to my liking,

than scrubbing knives and forks and spoons.

Where did this sinkfull come from?

I am sorely vexed.

Did our neighbors bring us their pile,

sure, the pots and pans are next.

My fingers are getting pruney,

I have homework left to do,

I should be busy feeding turtles,

and piano lessons too.

Once everything is clean and dry,

and stacked back on the shelf,

this hour of washing dishes,

leaves me no time for myself.

The next time we plan a meal,

and at cooking we are great,

I’m all for eating with my fingers,

and using paper plates.

This chore of kitchen clean-up,

gives me headaches and a rash.

If I were the King of Tableware,

I’d just toss them in the trash.

I know dishes do not wash themselves,

and I wish they’d go away.

Perhaps it should be a grown-up’s chore,

Oh no! Its too late and dark to go outside and play!

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ex·pe·ri·enced

/ikˈspirēənst,ekˈspirēənst/

adjective

1. having knowledge or skill in a particular field, especially a profession or job,

gained over a period of time

Hiring an experienced realtor as a buyer representative is a crucial decision with far-reaching

implications. In the complex landscape of real estate transactions, having a seasoned professional by your

side can make a significant difference. The key reasons why doing your research, asking the right questions,

and hiring an experienced realtor in this role is of utmost importance.

An experienced buyer representative brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Real

estate transactions involve intricate processes, legalities, and market dynamics that can be overwhelming for

individuals unfamiliar with the industry. The market is so fluid even to those that have bought and sold

multiple homes need a partner to navigate the crazy. With years of hands-on experience, a seasoned realtor

will push through the complexities ensuring a smooth and informed buying process for their clients.

Furthermore, the negotiation skills of an experienced buyer representative are invaluable. Real estate

transactions often involve negotiations on pricing, terms, and time sensitive contingencies. A skilled

negotiator can advocate effectively for the buyer, securing the best possible deal and terms.Sometimes it is

not just the money it is the terms that can result in a more favorable outcome for the buyer.

In addition to negotiation, an experienced realtor possesses an extensive network of industry

connections. This network includes other real estate professionals, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, and

more. Leveraging these connections, a buyer representative can facilitate the various stages of the

transaction, streamlining the process and ensuring that everything progresses without too much pain!

The ability to be proactive and identify potential issues and offer solutions is another hallmark of an

experienced buyer representative. Real estate transactions can encounter obstacles, from inspection

concerns to financing issues. A seasoned realtor can foresee these challenges and provide proactive

solutions, mitigating potential bumps in the road and ensuring a successful closing.

Moreover, the local market knowledge that an experienced realtor brings is invaluable. Markets vary

significantly, even within the same region. Understanding the intricacies of the local market is crucial for

making informed decisions. An experienced buyer representative, familiar with the nuances of the area, such

as radon pockets and septic issues. A local realtor can assist clients in knowing all their options and the best

locations that align with their preferences and investment goals.

As a buyer, having someone who understands your specific needs and priorities is essential. An

experienced realtor will take the time to listen and comprehend the buyer's preferences, lifestyle, and budget

constraints. This is referred to as a buyer consultation. This personalized approach ensures that the properties

presented align closely with the buyer's requirements. This saves all from disappointment and is better use

of time and gas!

The importance of due diligence in real estate cannot be overstated. An experienced buyer

representative excels in conducting thorough research on properties, communities, and market trends. This

diligence helps buyers make informed decisions, reducing the risk of unexpected surprises or regrets down

after the purchase!

Additionally, the emotional support provided by an experienced realtor is often underestimated. Buying

a home is a significant life decision, and it comes with its share of stress and emotions. A seasoned buyer

representative understands the emotional aspects of the process and provides the necessary support and

reassurance, making the journey more manageable for their clients.Some days a realtor goes from being the

professional to understanding friend.

In conclusion, hiring an experienced realtor as a buyer representative is a strategic investment in a

successful and less stressful real estate transaction. From their extensive knowledge and negotiation skills to

their network of connections and personalized approach, an experienced buyer representative adds

immense value to the home buying process. Whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned investor,

having a trusted professional by your side ensures that your real estate journey is not just smooth but also

rewarding.

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by Missy Walden, REALTOR® | ICON AGENT

The Walden Team | 540.903.5171 | www.missywalden.work


VIDA CUSTOM PRINTING

Vida Printing offers unique and reliable printing to customers. We stand for

customer satisfaction by ensuring that ideas for your project come to life. Vida

printing offers a wide variety of products, from t-shirts and cards for your business to

banners, posters and more. We have made a statement to provide the work of the

highest quality. Let us bring your vision to life!

Vida Custom Printing is a local print shop in Fredericksburg, VA that offers the

print services that you need - from screen printing to custom sign printing &

more.Whether you're coaching a little league team or making plans for your annual

family reunion, Vida Custom Printing is the place to get screen-printed t-shirts,

hoodies and more in Fredericksburg, VA. Our local print shop offers everything from

sign printing and vinyl wrap printing to embroidery services. We can also print posters

and business cards to help you advertise for your company.Call 703-719-2031 now

or stop by our local shop for more information about our printing services. We'll be

happy to give you a free quote.

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SENIOR LIVING

SPRING ARBOR SENIOR LIVING

Here at Spring Arbor, we lead with

heart. Residents enjoy an engaging and

active lifestyle that promotes

independence and wellness in this

premiere senior living community in

Fredericksburg. Residents have many

opportunities to participate in a variety

of life enriching activities and events

designed to stimulate the mind, body,

and soul; from word games, art

activities, and book clubs to one of our

signature Wise & Well fitness exercise

classes. To learn more about Spring

Arbor Senior Living and to schedule a

tour, please call 540-548-2133.

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Downtown Greens:

Fredericksburg’s Secret Garden

by: Janet Douberly

If you have been to Downtown Fredericksburg

you may have noticed a large gray building with giant

purple echinacea flowers and bumblebees painted on

it! If you have seen this house then you have seen one

of Fredericksburg’s best kept secrets.

Downtown Greens was established in 1995 by

Laura Shepherd and Lisa Beiver. It started when

Shepherd was renting an apartment on the top floor of

the aforementioned building. Behind the building were

empty lots, owned by assorted community members,

that were being wasted and used as a dumping ground.

Shepherd, an established landscaper in Fredericksburg,

couldn’t stand to see such precious land wasted in

Downtown Fredericksburg so she did what she was

good at. She worked hard. She and some folks who

shared her vision got to work clearing away the broken

down appliances and piles of trash. It was a tiresome

task but once all the junk was cleared away, a whole lot

of potential was left behind.

With the land cleared, Laura started planting. She

used pieces of plants thinned out from her client’s

gardens. Donated plants. Seeds. Every resource she

could gather and, with the eager help of the

neighborhood children as well as leagues of likeminded

adults, started planting what is now referred to

as the Lower Garden.

The community saw her hard work, heard her

plans for this space and, through donations and

finagling, Shepherd, now joined by Beiver, managed to

acquire the lot, slightly over an acre, and Downtown

Greens began. That beginning started a ball rolling that

not even Shepherd could have predicted. Shortly after

establishing the Lower Garden, a plot of land across the

street from our building went up for auction and,

through the donations and support of our community,

the Upper Garden was purchased by Downtown

Greens. Totalling a whopping 2.8 acres within the city

of Fredericksburg. And while the acreage is small, it is

so important. It was quickly put under a conservation

easement so that it is now a greenspace that is open to

the public and protected in perpetuity.

Flashforward around 20 years or so. Former

Executive Director Sarah Perry was approached by local

citizens about spearheading the purchase (and

subsequent protection) of an additional 56 acres of

land in Fredericksburg. This land already hosted some

of the last remaining working farmland within the city

as well as old growth forest, wetlands, and countless

protected species of wildlife. Through Perry’s

indefatigable tenacity, $2.4million was raised from and

by the community and those acres have been bought,

paid for, and officially put under conservation

easement forever. For generations our greenspaces

that are still green, still free, and still a balm to the soul

will be giving the folks a place to go in a hectic, builtup

area.

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In the over 27 years Downtown Greens has been

in existence, it has seen a LOT of changes. Not only

within its gardens but also here in town.

We use these spaces to teach people of all ages

about gardening, the environment, and how they can

participate in nurturing nature, where their food comes

from, how they can grow their own, and SO much

more. From the almost 200 headstart students we

teach every week about how to not only grow their

own vegetables but also how to appreciate eating

them, to the hundreds of adults taking our assorted

nature and gardening classes, there is something for

everyone.

We welcome you to come walk the grounds of

our Downtown Campus, open 365 days a year, sunrise

to sunset. There is no entrance fee or locked gates. Just

greenery, serenity, and gardens. Come see the new land

by attending one of the monthly nature walks or

classes hosted there. Free of charge.

Laura Shepherd and Lisa Beaver carved

Downtown Greens out of the clay loam, growing

flowers, food, and friendships. Sarah Perry came with

a sharp mind and an eagerness to watch us grow and

took on the mantle of running and greatly expanding

this once small community greenspace. Now, with Jim

Schepmoes at the helm, the staff of Downtown Greens

welcomes you and encourages you to come see what

we are all about.

Our mission is to enhance the well-being of our

community, by connecting people with nature through

education and the preservation of greenspaces.

Fredericksburg is a small city. Only 10 square

acres, in fact. Thanks to Downtown Greens’

community, we have put just shy of 1% of the total city

of Fredericksburg under protection for our community

members to come to learn, explore, unwind, and so

much more.

To see everything Downtown Greens has to offer,

check out our website at www.downtowngreens.org,

follow us on Facebook and Instagram, and come by

206 Charles Street, Fredericksburg Virginia, 22401 to

discover this secret garden for yourself.


Scouts Honor Fallen Military Servicemembers

in 29th Annual Luminaria Program

Memorial Day is more than a day off from

work or school. It is a day set aside to honor

brave Americans who made the ultimate

sacrifice in service to our Country, so that We

the People may enjoy the liberties we hold so

dear.

Almost 30 years ago, a local

Fredericksburg Boy Scout Troop presented the

idea of an Annual Luminaria program, to honor

American soldiers who died in service to our

Country, to the National Park Service (NPS). The

NPS enthusiastically embraced the idea, and

the Fredericksburg National Cemetery

Luminaria was born. Hundreds of Scouts and

other Volunteers gather on Memorial Day

weekend to assemble and place luminary bags

beside each grave marker.

This year, the 29th Annual Luminaria will

take place on Saturday May 25, 2024. Scouts

and other Volunteers will prepare, place and

light approximately 17,000 luminaries

throughout the 12-acre Fredericksburg National

Cemetery, honoring the 15,300 soldiers buried

there, most of whom were killed in battles

around the City of Fredericksburg, the

Wilderness, Chancellorsville, and Spotsylvania.

As sundown approaches, Scouts light

candles that illuminate the hillside. Visitors walk

among the graves, pausing to listen as Park

Rangers and Volunteers explain the

Cemetery’s history. Every thirty

minutes the sound of a bugler

playing “Taps” can be heard; its

mournful tones reminding

Americans of the sacrifices made

by others to secure our freedoms.

Please come witness this

stirring and solemn tribute to

America’s fallen heroes, open free to

the public at 8 PM at 1013 Lafayette

Blvd, Fredericksburg. Parking is available at

UMW’s lot at William St and Sunken Rd, with

free trolley service to/from the Visitor’s Center.

Handicapped parking at the Visitor’s Center

includes golf cart rides to shuttle disabled

patrons into the Cemetery. Donations gratefully

accepted @ https://www.fowb.org/donate –

Funds collected are dedicated to the annual

Memorial Day Weekend Luminary Event cosponsored

with NPS and numerous local

Scouting organizations.

Scouts, Scout Leaders & Scouting Families

from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have

been serving US communities for 114 years!

Service is a central to Scouting values. As part of

the BSA Scout Oath, Scouts pledge to “Help

Other People at All Times,” and “Do a Good

Turn Daily” is the Scout Slogan.

To join BSA, please go to

www.beascout.org to find a BSA Scout unit near

you - Cub Scouting serves families with children

in Kindergarten through 5th Grade; Scouts BSA

serves families with children ages 11-18. There

are BSA programs for families with older Youths,

ages 14 – 20, including Venturing, Exploring or

Sea Scouting.

The mission of the BSA is to prepare

young people to make ethical and moral

choices over their lifetimes by instilling the

values of the Scout Oath and Law. Aquia

District includes Stafford County, VA,

and Marine Corps Base Quantico. For

more information on Scouting in the

Stafford/Fredericksburg area,

including how to donate, join or

volunteer, contact Kristy Freeman,

Aquia District Executive, at

Kristy.Freeman@Scouting.org or call

(540)287-3866.

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RELOCATION

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COMMUNITY SERVICES

Alzheimer's Association, Greater Richmond Chapter

2217 Princess Anne Street, Suite 106-1F

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

(540) 228-1502 • Website: www.alz.org/grva/

American Red Cross

4836 Southpoint Pkwy., Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Phone: 540-373-5176 Fax: 540-373-0500

Website: rappahannockarea.redcross.org

Birthright of Fredericksburg, Inc.

2006 Lafayette Blvd., Suite 202, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Phone: 540-898-8558 HOTLINE: 1-800-550-4900

Website: www.birthrightoffredericksburg.com

Boys and Girls Club of the Rappahannock Region

200 Gunnery Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Phone: 540-368-9531 Fax: 540-368-9537

Website: www.bgcrr.com

Fred. Area HIV/AIDS Support Services

415 Elm Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Phone: 540-371-7532 X10 • Fax: 540-371-8446

Website: www.fahass.org

Legal Aid Works

500 Lafayette Blvd, Ste 100, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Phone: 540-371-1105 Website: legalaidworks.org

A nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal services

to low-income individuals and groups within the city of

Fredericksburg and sixteen counties in the Rappahannock

River watershed.

Lloyd Moss Free Clinic

13011 Sam Perry Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Phone:540-741-1061 • Website: www.mossfreeclinic.org

Loisann’s Hope House

902 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg VA 22401

Phone: 540-371-0831 • Website: Loisannshopehouse.org

New Life For Youth Men's Ranch

1500 Log Cabin Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015

Office-804-448-2750

New Life For Youth Mercy House (Women's Home)

2915 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond, VA 23224

Office-804-230-4485

Rappahannock Area Council

For Children and Parents

www.RACCAP.ORG, 540-785-6217

Educating Parents With Continuing Support Around A Free Dinner

Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters

325A Wallace Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Phone: 540-371-7444 Fax: 540-371-7445 • www.rbbbs.org

Rappahannock Refuge, Inc.-Hope House

902 Lafayette Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Phone: 540-371-0831 • Website: www.hopehouseva.org

Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center

540-891-6280, www.safeharborva.org

Brief description: Since 2008, Safe Harbor Child Advocacy

Center has addressed child abuse and neglect in our community

through the identification and coordination of education,

intervention, and advocacy services.

SERVE

15 Upton Lane, Stafford, VA 22554

Phone: 540-288-9603 • Fax: 540-288-9599

Vets on Track Foundation

www.VetTrack.org • www.facebook.com/VOTFoundation

Federal EIN: 46-3805203 • Virginia State ID: 07697485

Coverage Area: Northern Virginia, Richmond and the

Hampton Roads area. Mission: We furnish homes for veterans

and first responders who are transitioning into permanent housing

from living on the streets. We provide everything from furniture

and accessories to dishes, bath towels and art for the walls. We

turn empty houses into warm inviting homes.

Vet’s Retreat Virginia, Inc.

Military, First Responders, Family, Volunteers

Taking action to confront and reduce persistent challenges in

our Service community: depression, PTSD, substance abuse

and suicidal thoughts.

Vetstretreatvirginia.org info@vetsretreatvirginia.org

UMFS

Unwavering champions for children & families

1320 central Park Blvd. Suite 310, Fredericksburg, VA. 22401

540-898-1773 • UMFS.org

The Thurman Brisben Center

Located at 471 Central Road, Fredericksburg, has been providing valuable

services for the community since 1987; and is the only emergency

homeless shelter in all of Planning District 16, which includes the City of

Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania

and Stafford.

The Center serves men, women and children and is classified as a programmatic facility which offers homeless

individuals and families an on-site safe and structured program to help them achieve and maintain selfsufficiency

and independence.

For more information on the Thurman Brisben Center and National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness

Week please visit our website at www.brisbencenter.org.

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GENERAL RELOCATION INFORMATION

CABLE TV

Cox Cable (540) 373-6343

Servicing Fredericksburg & S. Stafford

Comcast Cable TV (540) 395-3289

Servicing Spotsylvania & N. Stafford

ELECTRICITY

Dominion VA Power (888) 667-3000

Rappahannock Electric Co-op (800) 552-3904

Northern Neck Electric Co-op (800) 243-2860

FREDERICKSBURG VISITOR’S CENTER

706 Caroline Street (540) 373-1776

FREDericksburg Regional Transit

www.RideFRED.com. (540) 372-1222

NATURAL GAS

Columbia Gas (800) 543-8911

Commonwealth Gas Service (540) 898-2817

Commonwealth Propane (540) 898-0357

Foster Fuel & Cool (540) 898-2151

RADIO

Q95.9 and Thunder 104.5 (540) 891-9696

LaPositiva 1350 (540) 361-1278

Bluegrass 89.5 FM (540) 582-9700

POST OFFICE

Fredericksburg (540) 370-0948

600 Princess Anne Street is open 8:30am-5pm Monday -

Friday and 9am-2:30pm Sat. 24 hours access to PO boxes

and stamp machines.

Falmouth (540) 373-8860

On U.S. 17 near the England Run Shopping Center. Open

8:30am-5pm Monday - Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday.

Spotsylvania (540) 582-5151

7420 Brock Rd. in the Courthouse area. Open 8am-5pm

Monday - Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday.

Stafford (540) 659-4775

on Rte 1 next to Aquia Terrace. Open 8am-5pm

Monday - Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday.

RECYCLING CENTER

www.fredericksburgva.gov/publicworks/recycle.asp

TELEPHONE

Verizon (540) 954-6222

VOTER REGISTRATION

Spotsylvania (540) 582-7124

Stafford (540) 658-4000

Fredericksburg (540) 372-1030

WATER & SEWER

Fredericksburg Utility (540) 372-1182

Stafford Utility (540) 658-8616

Spotsylvania Utility (540) 898-4096

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1781 Brewing Co. 540-842-0199 Y 76 39 N1 76

11109 Plank Road

A. Smith Bowman Distillery 540-373-4555 78 39 K9

1 Bowman Drive

Meyer Fine Art 914-391-0608 3 37 E6 61

1015 Caroline Street

Pots and Palettes 540-373-7046 Y 6 39 N8 56

10655 Spotsylvania Ave

Rush Hour Live Escape Games 540-684-6695 Y 9 39 L5

1 Towne Centre Blvd, Ste 3100

The Allstate Community Theater 21 36 D5

810 Caroline St • allstatecommunitytheater.org

Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg 540-898-0737 24 36 C5 24

Urban Air Adventure Park 1 39 M4

4254 Plank Road 540-684-3354

Visitor’s Centers

Fredericksburg 540-373-1776 24 36 C5

706 Caroline Street

Spotsylvania 540-507-7090 24 39 O8

4704 Southpoint Parkway

Stafford 540-654-1015 24 38 I6

224 Washington Street

Washington Heritage Museums 25 25

Mary Washington House - 1200 Charles Street 37 F4

Hugh Mercer Apothecary - 1020 Caroline Street 37 E5

Rising Sun Tavern - 1304 Caroline Street 37 F5

Mary Washington Monument

-1500 Washington Ave. 37 G3

Wilderness Presidential Resort Y 2 39 N1 49

9220 Plank Road • 540-972-7433

Wine & Design Fredericksburg 15 36 C6 15

502 Sophia Street 540-809-0899

BRS, CPA 571-444-5032 19 39 N1 19

11205 Arbor Mill Ct,

Central Park Insurance 540-891-1160 8 39 M8

2609 Lafayette Blvd

Damsel in Defense 540-379-3585 47 47

www.stunninglyprotected.com

Doxa Design Lab. www.doxadesignlab.com 13 13

Gem Realty 41 39 K6 41

1936 William Street 540-940-6440

Fredericksburg Convention Center 7 39 K5

2371 Carl D. Silver Pkwy 540-548-5555

JABS Construction 703-221-5227 14

17869 Fraley Blvd, Dumfries

Jim Gilbert, Medicare Specialist 717-779-5164 29

Manfredi Insurance Family 888-971-8830 21

Meza 540-200-8557 40

MIDAS

2610 Princess Anne St 540-371-6707 11 39 J7 11

10819 Patriot Hwy 540-898-6707 11 39 O8 11

Off Leash K9 Training 888-413-0896 50 37 E6 50

1013 Caroline Street

One Stop Painting & Handyman Services 8 8

540-294-1755

Pam Kuper, Realtor - Century 21 3

571-242-7621

Scott Cleveland, ReMax 540-371-2211 6 38 I6

107 Carter Street

Spavia 540-684-3773 79 39 K5 79

1668 Carl D Silver Pkwy

Spring Arbor Senior Living 540-548-2133 28 39 K5 28

5308 River Road

Spotsylvania Towne Center 540-786-6660 5 39 L5 55

The Village at Towne Center

137 Spotsylvania Mall

The Bibb Agency 12 37 H5 12

2217 Princess Anne Street 571-349-9069

Vida Custom Printing 703-719-2034 27 27

Witness Thru Fitness 423-208-2753 23 23

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Wilderness Battlefield

May 5-6, 1864

This conflict introduced Union

General, U.S. Grant to Lee in

battle. Even though the battle

ended in a stalemate, Grant

pressed southward, “On to

Richmond”

CIVIL

BATTLEG

of Fredericksburg,

Chancellorsville

Battlefield

April 27 - May 6, 1863

Action in the battle included a

spectacular military maneuver by Lee

and his most trusted subordinate,

Stonewall Jackson; but the day ended

in calamity when Jackson was fatally

wounded by his own troops.

Spotsylvania Battlefield

May 8-21, 1864

On the most direct route to Richmond,

lay the crossroads at Spotsylvania

Court House, where warring troops

engaged for 2 weeks, including 20

hours on May 12 in the most intense

hand-to-hand fighting of the war at

the “Bloody Angle”.

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WAR

ROUNDS

potsylvania & Stafford

Stafford Civil War Park

400 Mount Hope Church Rd, Stafford

(not shown on map)

Opened in April 2013 and is the site

of 1863 winter encampments and

fortifications of the Union Army’s

11th Corps, 1st and 3rd Divisions,

following the December 1862 Battle

of Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg

Battlefield

December 11-15, 1862

Called Lee’s most one-sided

victory, the Battle of Fredericksburg

focused on the Stone Wall at

Marye’s Heights.

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Historic Old Town Fredericksburg

No. Grid Place

Fredericksburg Visitors Center

Built in 1824 by Anthony Kale.

1 E-5 Fredericksburg Baptist Church

2 C-1 Brompton

3 D-6 Center for Creative Arts (Silversmith House)

4 E-7 Chatham

5 E-3 City and Confederate Cemeteries

6 C-5 Courthouse (1852)

7 E-7 Ferry Farm

8 E-5 Fredericksburg Area Museum

9 B-1 Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitors Ctr

10 D-5 George Washington Masonic Museum

and Masonic Lodge

1

2

62

No. Grid Place

11 E-5 Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

12 F-3 Hugh Mercer Monument

13 E-5 James Monroe Museum

14 F-3 Kenmore Plantation

15 G-3 Mary Washington Grave & Monument

16 F-5 Mary Washington House

17 D-4 Masonic Cemetery (1784)

18 D-5 National Bank Museum

19 B-1 National Cemetery

21 D-5 Presbyterian Church

22 C-1 Richard Kirkland Monument

23 F-5 Rising Sun Tavern

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No. Grid Place

24 A-6 Rocky Lane & City Dock

25 D-5 St. George’s Church

26 F-5 St. James’ House

28 G-3 Thomas Jefferson Religious

Freedom Monument

29 D-6 The Card Cellar

30 C-2 The Sunken Well

31 E-6 Off Leash K9 Training

32 E-6 R&R Antiques

35 H-5 The Bibb Agency

36 D-6 Favor

37 D-5 Fredericksburg Cupcake

38 E-6 Goddess Grove

40 C-6 Brocks Riverside Grill

41 B-5 The Alpine Chef

No. Grid Place

42 B-4 Colonial Tavern

43 D-5 Jabberwocky Children’s

Books and Toys

44 D-5 Latitudes

45 D-6 Soup & Taco Etc.

46 E-2 Soup & Taco II

47 D-6 Abner B’s Ice Cream

48 E-5 Made In Virginia Store

50 C-6 Wine & Design

Fredericksburg

51 D-5 Spirits

52 E-5 CoolCat Cupcakes

53 D-5 City Vino

54 E-6 Capital Ale House

No. Grid Place

56 C-5 Visitor’s Center

57 C-5 Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg

58 D-6 Fredericksburg Jeweler

59 E-5 Oldies But Goodies

61 E-4 Natural Mystics

62 B-1 Battlefield Restaurant

63 D-5 Allstate Community Theater

64 C-5 Gifted Boutique

65 B-3 Eats, A Burger Joint

66 E-6 Tapa Rio

68 E-5 The Dragon’s Den & Treasures

69 E-6 Meyer Fine Art

70 E-6 Renaissance & Rendezvous

71 D-5 The Grove of Brite Blessings

E F G H

University of

Mary Washington

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F A U Q U I E R

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GARRISONVILLE

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GARRISONVILLE ROAD

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QUANTICO

MARINE CORPS

BASE

610

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R A P PA H A N N O C K

C U L P E P E R

C O U N T Y

I V E R

R A P I D A N R

HOPE ROAD

MINE ROAD

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COURTHOUSE

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COURTHOUSE

C A R O L I N E

C O U N T Y

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MOUNTAIN

AQUIA LANDING

PARK

LAKE ANNA

L O U I S A

C O U N T Y

Local Outdoor Fun

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GARRISONVILLE ROAD

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Exit 143A

GARRISONVILLE ROAD

NORTH

STAFFORD

610

HOPE

MINE ROAD

Exit 140

VIEW ROAD

ROAD

COURTHOUSE

RAMOTH CHURCH RD

1

2

630

ROAD

Embrey Dam

Old Mill Park

Falmouth Beach

Brooks Park

Pratt Park

Alum Springs Park

City Docks

Virginia Outdoor Center

Motts Landing

ESKIMO HILL

1

MOUNTAIN

STEFANIGA

VIEW ROAD

OLIVE ROAD

MOUNT

95

KELLOG MILL ROAD

POPLAR

ROAD

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Motts Reservoir Maury

Playground

Memorial Creation Park

BROCK

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of Downtown

Merchants

Pick Up

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BEREA

BUS

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INTERNATIONAL PKWY

WARRENTON ROAD

WHITE

WY

VIEW ROAD

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STAFFORD

1. D3 Cinnaholic

2. D3 Abner B’s Ice Cream

3. I6 Stafford Visitor’s Center

5. I6 Scott Cleveland, ReMax

6. I6 Amy’s Cafe

FREDERICKSBURG

11. K5 Spavia Luxury Day Spa

12. K5 Fredericksburg

Convention Center

13. K5 Wild Birds Unlimited

14. J7 Midas

15. K6 Gem Realty

16. J6 Renee’s Crepes & Cakes

17. K6 Fred Vegas Bins

18. L6 Reclaim Arcade

19. K5 Nothing Bundt Cakes

20. J7 Fredericksburg Co-Op

21. K9 A. Smith Bowman Distillery


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DOCK

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8

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638

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WILDERNESS

ATTLEFIELD

MOTTS

RESERVOIR

MOTTS

LANDING

Spotsylvania

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PARK

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Battlefield

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BUTLER RD

RIVER

ROAD

RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER

DRIVE

RUN

SANFORD

CHATHAM

BRIDGE

CAROLINE STREET

PRINCESS ANNE STREET

OLD

TOWN

See map

pg. 32

4

FERRY ROAD

COOL SPRINGS

CHATHAM

HEIGHTS RD

5

CELEBRATE VIRG

BLVD

LAFAYETTE

AVE.

RAPPAHANNOCK

DIXON

FALL HILL

ST

TIDE

LANDSDOWNE ROAD

BRAGG ROAD

LAFAYETTE BLVD

63

620

639

University

of

Mary

3

2

STREET

Washington

AND GREY PARKWAY

Mary

Washington

Athletic Field

WILLIAM

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BUS

BLUE

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BUS

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KINGS

GREENBANK ROAD

ROCKY

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11

AMELIA ST

12

Virginia

Welcome

Center

Mary

Washington

Hospital

639

Fredericksburg

ROAD

Exit 130

RIVER

1

ROAD

SALEM CHURCH

FURNACE MINE ROAD

706

610

95

HARRISON

ROAD

620

NK ROAD

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SMITH STATION

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CHURCH

CATHARPIN ROAD

Q

ROAD

SE ROAD

NNA PARKWAY

ROAD GORDON

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

22. K5 OBO Pizza

25. J7 Mason Dixon Café

SPOTSYLVANIA

26. N8 Pots and Palettes

27. N7 Hard Times Cafe

28. M8 Central Park Insurance

29. K5 Spring Arbor Senior Living

30. L5 Rush Hour Live Escape Games

31. O8 Midas

32. M4 Durango Grill

33. N1 BRS, CPA

34. N1 Wilderness Presidential Resort

35. N1 1781 Brewery

36. L5 Spotsylvania Towne Center

The Village at Towne Center

37. P8 Country Inn and Suites

38. O8 Spotsylvania Visitor’s Center

42. M7 Lisa’s Finders Keepers

43. M4 UrbanAir Adventure Park

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FREDERICKSBURG’S

SUNKEN ROAD ISN’T

By Erik F. Nelson

Except for a short (240 feet) section between Kirkland and Mercer Streets,

Fredericksburg’s Sunken Road really isn’t. in comparison, nearby William Street dramatically

cuts into the earth in several places. In the mid nineteenth century, for instance, a turnpike

company lowered the roadway between Washington and Kenmore Avenues, where it runs in

front of the Fredericksburg Cemetery. William Street also cuts into the hill between Sunken

Road and College Avenue and once again between Route 1 and the Oak Hill Cemetery. A

portion of Fall Hill Avenue is also sunken, evident between Route 1 and Riverside Drive. The

road that courses around Willis Hill, however, mostly runs at grade.

At the time of the Civil War, the road that became a Confederate stronghold, protected

by a sturdy stone wall, was the Telegraph Road. The wires connecting Fredericksburg to the

world came across the Chatham Bridge and extended up William Street. The connection

south was on what is now Lafayette Boulevard, then called Telegraph Road and sometimes

referred to as the Wire Road. The connection between these north-south routes included

what is now called Sunken Road. So when and why the name change?

It appears the new name came about around 1927, when the federal government

established the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. The concept of

national battlefield parks had begun in the 1890s. Chickamauga-Chattanooga was the first,

followed by Shiloh, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Antietam. The War Department administered

the preserved fields and government historians erected carefully researched interpretive

panels. The old veterans commissioned memorials and a curious public was also drawn to the

once-contested ground. The sheer number of visitors gave the historic terrain an economic

value, generating the need for accommodations, restaurants, and other amenities.

Various landmarks on the battlegrounds had local names. At Gettysburg there was Little

Round Top, Devil’s Den, Seminary Ridge, and Culp’s Hill. Less prominent portions of the

landscape were thought to require comparable specificity, so one wheatfield among many

became The Wheatfield. A highly visible peach orchard became The Peach Orchard.

Timothy B. Smith wrote a book about those early days of park development, called The

Golden Age of Battlefield Preservation. He described a group at Shiloh standing in a Union

position called “The Sunken Road” and wondering why the historic road was not sunken

anymore. It turned out the road had never been below grade. Someone reminded them that

battlefield parks were replete with minor identifiers that helped to describe the terrain.

Landmarks, real or contrived, helped visitors to better understand the inherently confusing

ground combat.

The nation’s nineteenth century landscape certainly included roads that had been worn

down from use, and Civil War formations certainly used such features for tactical advantage.

Certain name changes, however, just as certainly, came later. An 1890 Fredericksburg street

map specifies the road below the National Cemetery as “Telegraph.” There is a reference in the

1910 City Directory of an Agnes Shelton living on Commerce [William] Street “nr Sunken rd

(p. 181)” but that book of addresses has no related street section for a Sunken Road.

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Sunken road may have been a minor reference in 1910, when the street extended beyond

where the telegraph poles were, but it was not yet in common use. A writer named John

Bigelow published an exhaustive study of the Chancellorsville Campaign that year and never

used the term sunken road. In describing the related fighting in Fredericksburg on May 3,

1863, he wrote of the Confederates along the road’s stone wall, which is what really defines

the military position.

Sanborn Insurance maps for Fredericksburg illustrate the evolution of the name change.

The 1919 maps label the road along the base of Marye’s Heights as Telegraph Road. The

insurance maps for 1927, the year that saw the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National

Military Park come into being, show the thoroughfare as Sunken Road.

When the City of Fredericksburg transferred what had become Sunken Road to the

federal government, it retained the right-of-way. Sunken Road continued to accommodate

local traffic until a completed East-West Connector (a name later changed to Blue and Gray

Parkway) diverted traffic away from downtown. When the City finally relinquished its rightof-way,

the National Park Service restored Sunken Road to its wartime appearance,

rebuilding the stone wall as well as reestablishing its dirt surface. That careful work, however,

did not include reinstallation of any telegraph poles.

The war interrupted telegraph service as emphatically as burning the railway bridge

interrupted north-south travel. Pre-war drawings and post war photos show telegraph poles

in place along Telegraph Road, but wartime photos do not. The poles may well have been

removed and repurposed. Their absence on the restored terrain is not an oversight, but rather

a detail accurately rendered by the National Park Service.

Special thanks to Bonnie Crawford, of the Virginiana Room, for research assistance.

This 1856 lithograph shows telegraph

lines extending across the Chatham Bridge

This post-war

photo shows the

telegraph poles in

place once again.

Erik Nelson was a planner with the City of Fredericksburg for 32 years and is now a consulting urbanologist. He

holds a graduate degree in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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The Ai Era No One Saw Coming

How Augmented Intelligence Advances and Enhances Your Potential

By Will King of MF Growth

No one saw this Ai era coming. But what if I told

youthat this Ai era will not be so Artificial after all

Open any article, watch any video, listen to any

podcast, consume any news report about Ai and

you’ll likely hear these words:

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Life Unleashed: The Power of Taking Creative

Control in Your Personal Story

If you want to achieve greater

success in life, imagine yourself as a

movie director, writer, and producer.

Yes, that's right – you are in charge of

creating your own blockbuster, and

the main character is none other than

you! Sounds like a monumental task,

but fear not, because I’m going to

break it down into simple steps.

by John F. Gillespie, Jr.

Define Your Main Character (You):

Just like in a movie, your main

character (that's you!) needs a clear identity. What do you want yourself to do? How do you

want to act? Set clear, specific goals for yourself, and think about what you want to achieve.

The more specific you are, the better your "movie" is going to turn out.

Forget the Past:

Now, here's where it gets interesting. Imagine you are the main character in this story, and

sometimes the past chapters don't quite fit the plot you have in mind. Well, good news! As the

director of your own life movie, you have the power to change the ending with a rewrite. If

there are parts of your past that aren't helping your story, feel free to rewrite or let go of them.

For example, if someone in your life treated you unfairly, and it's not helping you become the

hero of your story, you have the sole authority to change that character's role. Make them fair,

kind, or simply write them out of your storyline. It's your masterpiece, after all!

This journey is a bit like shifting your mindset – thinking differently about yourself and your

life. It might take some practice, but trust me, it's worth it!

Craft Your Masterpiece:

Now that you've set the stage and adjusted your mindset, it's time to craft your

masterpiece. Now that you are thinking about your life as a movie script, you are the writer,

director, and producer. What kind of story do you want to tell? What adventures do you want

your main character (again, that's you!) to experience?

You have the creative power to design your own destiny. Don't let a certain part of your

story hold you back? Change it. Want a new plot twist? Create it. Your life is your script, and

you hold the pen. Embrace the journey of self-discovery and enjoy the process of creating a

story that reflects the best version of yourself.

So, director, writer, and producer, go ahead and start your journey with this mindshift. It’s

time to start thinking about things from the outside. You possess the pen, and your life is a

perfect fit for your writing. Construct a narrative that will leave you feeling ecstatic.

Photo by Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash

Submitted by John F. Gillespie Jr., CEO Exemplar llc.

Connect on Linkedin www.linkedin.com/in/johng26 or join my facebook page Better U for video podcast

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Empowering Personal Safety:

What Do You Carry for Personal Protection?

by Lori Knowles

In an unpredictable world, personal safety is a paramount concern for many individuals. Whether

navigating through city streets, traveling alone, or merely going about daily routines, being prepared for

unexpected situations can make a significant difference. Together we will explore a range of items and

strategies that people might consider carrying for personal protection, empowering them to take an

active role in their safety.

One of the most common choices for personal protection is the use of self-defense tools. These can

include items such as pepper spray, personal alarms or whistles, stun devices, and even firearms.

Pepper spray: a non-lethal aerosol spray containing MC (Major Capsaicinoids), can incapacitate

an attacker temporarily, providing an opportunity to escape. Some have a UV dye that will “mark” the

attacker for later identification. Spray and get away!

Personal alarms: emit a loud sound, up to 120 decibels, when activated, serving both as a

deterrent and a means to attract attention. A whistle is a low-tech but reliable personal protection device.

Its loud and piercing sound can deter potential attackers and attract the attention of nearby individuals,

acting as a call for help.

Stun devices: while more intrusive, can immobilize an assailant by delivering an electric shock.

When shopping for a stun device be sure to look at the milliamps delivered NOT the voltage. The higher

the mAmp the stronger the stun device. Also, look for a device with a disable pin so if it’s taken away

from you, it can’t be used against you. Stun and run!

In the age of smartphones, technology plays a pivotal role in personal safety. Numerous apps are

designed to enhance individuals' safety by providing quick and easy ways to call for help or alert friends

and family in case of an emergency. These apps often include features like real-time location sharing,

emergency contact alerts, and even direct connections to local emergency services.

Before relying solely on an app, it is important to consider factors such as battery life, network

coverage, and the reliability of the app in various situations. While these apps can be valuable tools, they

should complement, not replace, traditional forms of personal protection.

For individuals in regions where it is legal and after obtaining the necessary permits, carrying a

firearm is a personal protection option that comes with significant responsibility. A firearm, when used

properly and responsibly, can be a powerful deterrent and tool for self-defense. However, it requires

extensive training, a deep understanding of local laws, and a commitment to safety. Understanding the

legal and ethical implications of firearm use is paramount. Carrying a firearm is a personal choice that

demands a serious commitment to safety and adherence to all relevant regulations. Not all self-defense

situations are “firearm worthy”.

While physical tools are important, personal safety extends beyond the items one carries. Engaging

in self-defense training or martial arts not only equips individuals with practical skills but also boosts

confidence and situational awareness. Many communities offer self-defense classes tailored to different

skill levels and personal preferences. Local law enforcement departments also may offer the Rape

Aggression Defense (RAD) course. This course is highly recommended for all women and teenage girls.

Training should include techniques for physical self-defense, mental preparedness, and strategies

for avoiding potentially dangerous situations. Developing the ability to assess and respond to threats is

a proactive approach to personal safety that goes beyond relying solely on tools or technology.

In any personal protection strategy, cultivating awareness of one's surroundings and maintaining

open communication with friends and family are fundamental. Being alert to potential risks allows

individuals to make informed decisions about their safety. This includes avoiding poorly lit areas, taking

well-traveled routes, and staying aware of local news and safety alerts. Pay attention to your “gut”, if

something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

Personal protection is a multifaceted endeavor that requires a combination of tools, technology, and

personal awareness. The items one chooses to carry for personal safety should align with individual

comfort levels, legal considerations, and the specific contexts in which they are likely to be used. Whether

it is a self-defense tool, a smartphone app, a firearm, or basic training in personal safety, the goal is to

empower and educate individuals to take an active role in their own security, fostering a safer and more

confident community.

For more information on Damsel In Defense personal protection products or to

schedule a safety consultation or training, please send an email to

LoriLKnowles@stunninglyprotected.com

Lori has been a Safety Educator and representative with Damsel In Defense since 2021. She retired from Stafford County Fire

and Rescue Department and continues to serve the community by volunteering with a local Rescue Squad. Lorr’s

46 mission is to help you PROTECT yourself, PREPARE for the unexpected, and to help you PREVENT violent crime.


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SHOPPING

FredericksburgGuidebook.com

THE CARD CELLAR

No more running around crowded malls

- get all your gifts in one convenient

location at The Card Cellar. Visit their

expanded store on 915 Caroline Street

in the historic downtown area of

Fredericksburg, VA. For years they have

been known for their sports store and

still have the widest variety of sports

collectibles in the area. Now they are

also extending their talents to include

an eclectic mix of gifts for men and

women.

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SHOPPING

UNIQUE ANTIQUES MALL

Come and explore 25,000 square feet of

the Unique Antiques Mall. Find beautiful

artisan pieces, home décor (ranging from

mid-century modern to vintage retro)

and many kinds of collectibles. With

more than 140 vendor booths, you will

find everything you are looking for.

Double your shopping fun by bringing

your furry friend with you. Pets are

always welcome. Unique Antiques Mall is

located at 9600 James Madison Pkwy, Rt.

301 King George, VA, 22485. Open 10

AM - 5 PM. Closed Tuesdays. 540-625-

2006.

WILDERNESS PRESIDENTIAL RESORT

Take a break from the hustle and bustle

of everyday life as you relax and

reconnect with friends and family at

Wilderness Presidential Resort. We offer

budget-friendly accommodations and

recreation amenities for every member

of the family. The resort is nestled in

the heart of the Chancellorsville and

Wilderness Battlefields with over 600

acres of beautiful forests and

waterways. It’s easy to make memories

with our daily planned activities,

campsite access, camp cottage rentals

and fully stocked cabins. Visit our

website for all of our activities.

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SHOPPING

FredericksburgGuidebook.com

LATITUDES FAIR TRADE STORE

Latitudes features unique hand-crafted and

high-quality gifts including jewelry, clothing,

stone and wood carvings, housewares,

baskets, home décor, greeting cards, books,

toys, and seasonal items from around the

world!

We are a fair-trade store. Our mission is to

build relationships and ensure sustainable

incomes for marginalized artisans and

farmers around the globe. They are paid a

fair wage and are treated with dignity and

respect, working their way out of poverty

and difficult situations. This enables them to

provide for their families and make a better

life for themselves.

Make a positive difference in our world, the

environment, and the lives of others. Come

see the extraordinary craftsmanship of our

products and learn the stories behind the

artisans.

Shop for Good...

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OFF LEASH K9 TRAINING

Joe Zitzelberger is the owner of Off Leash

K9 Training, Fredericksburg. They opened

OLK9 almost four years ago here in town

and have been voted Best Dog Trainers by

the Freelance Star three years in a row. Him

and his company have trained nearly 5000

dogs in the local area with many of them

being rescues. Joe and his team have also

trained several of the local pro athletes

dogs, to include Max Scherzer, Gio

Gonazalez, Anthony Rendon and many

more! He was recently featured alongside

Caitlin (Director of SPCA) in an exhibit at

the Fredericksburg Area Museum for the

work that we’ve done in the community.

Off Leash K9 Training, Fredericksburg has

two locations in the area, with the newest

one being in the heart of the city on

Caroline Street!


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SHOPPING

GIFTED BOUTIQUE

A new addition to the Fredericksburg

community, Gifted Boutique is a specialty gift

shop with a focus on mindfulness and selfcare.

Everything from uniquely curated gift

sets to personalized items. You’ll find bath and

body products, books, various novelties,

loungewear and much more. We aim to make

gifting a fun and meaningful experience for

everyone. Should you seek a gift for someone

special we hope you also find a little

something for yourself. Located at 604

Caroline Street, Downtown Fredericksburg.

THE DRAGON’S DEN & TREASURES

The Dragon’s Den & Treasures is a small

family owned-business and a lifelong dream

fully realized. We offer an assortment of

goods, spanning from metaphysical tools to

colonial knick-knacks situated in historic

Fredericksburg! Naturally, we couldn’t

forget the abundance of dragon merch we

house in this fantastical shop! We have a

copious amount of crystals to choose from,

whether as a small gem to tuck away in

your pocket, fashion on your wrist, or a

hefty piece for an impressive display in your

home. Dragons store all sorts of goodies in

their dwellings; come take a little peek. The

Dragon's Den & Treasures is located at 1002

Caroline St., Fredericksburg, VA. 22401

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LISA’S FINDER’S KEEPERS BOUTIQUE

(WHERE YOU GO TO GET THE

GOOD STUFF)

Antiques & Vintage Pretties, Retro, Weird

Stuff, Cool Junk. If you’re looking for a

unique one-of-a-kind gift for that special

someone in your life, then Lisa’s Finder’s

Keepers Boutique is your one stop shop!

Come Check Out All Our Treasures! We

offer pay by phone & free local delivery.

Layaway, & gift certificates are available.

GODDESS GROVE

Goddess Grove was envisioned by a mother

and two daughters with the idea of creating a

beautiful environment full of self-love, selfimportance,

and empowerment. Also, with

the idea that it is important for women to be

positive sources of energy for one another.

Reminding women that self-care and self-love

is the route to a happy, beautiful, and wellbalanced

life. It is important that a woman

never forget her own value. She should never

forget to feed her inner Goddess.

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FRED-VEGAS BINS

Fred-Vegas Bins, we take the art of

shopping very seriously and strive to

make your experience as fun and

efficient as possible. We opened our

store for those who are always on the

lookout for that perfect product:

affordable, lasting, and usable. All

merchandise is sourced from high-end

retailers such as Amazon, Walmart,

Lowes, Home Depot, and Target. Our

team members are committed to

assisting you in finding the items you’re

looking for and are there for your every

need. We have a unique way of pricing

our items as shown below. Each item is a

set price each day. Come see us today!

LADY LEGACY

Lady Legacy brings classic style to

Fredericksburg with a modern twist. Tops,

bottoms, dresses and the most unique

accessories and handbags. Lady Legacy also

offers wardrobing, styling, and special

occasion dressing for your next exciting

event. So whether you are looking to

freshen your everyday style or update your

business wardrobe, Lady Legacy can help

you feel and look your best with outfits that

will turn heads while staying a classic! Stop

by today to find out for yourself all Lady

Legacy has to offer.

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CITY VINO ~ YOUR WINE STORE

IN DOWNTOWN FREDERICKSBURG

City Vino is a boutique wine and gourmet

food shop in downtown Fredericksburg,

offering a variety of wines from around the

world. Their focus is on small production

wines that highlight the qualities of a

particular grape or region. The owner, Rita

Allan, has a passion for wine and a desire to

share that with Fredericksburg. City Vino

also carries a selection of gourmet food

products, gift baskets and other wine

related accessories.

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JABBERWOCKY CHILDREN’S

BOOKS & TOYS

Jabberwocky Children’s Books and Toys has

been a delightful fixture of Downtown

Fredericksburg since 1985. Here you will

find so many things to tickle the

imagination of children of all ages; in fact,

people have been known to get lost for

hours while perusing the aisles! Games,

puzzles and books, of course, keep people

coming back year after year. Some of the

lines you will find here are Folkmanis

Puppets, Fat Brain Toys, Mindware, Melissa

& Doug and Jelly Cat. Books range from

toddler board books to edgy young adult

fiction. Be sure to check out their great

science section as well as the history

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THE MADE IN VIRGINIA STORE

The best selection of Virginia sourced

or themed products! Unique gifts,

souvenirs and gourmet foods, including

Virginia ham, wine, peanuts, fudge, and

so much more. Gift boxes available

year-round to send to your favorite

Virginian or someone that needs a little

love from Virginia! Don’t forget to stop

by and try a gourmet soda, hot

chocolate, cappuccino, or treat from

Sippin’ Pop!

SPOTSYLVANIA TOWNE CENTRE

Spotsylvania Towne Centre is the

premier destination for great shopping,

great dining and a great time, Located

at the junction of Interstate 95 and

Route 3, Spotsylvania Towne Centre

offers an incredible array of 130

businesses. Popular names like Macy’s,

Belk, JCPenney, Dick’s Sporting Goods

and Costco anchor the enclosed mall.

The Village, an adjacent outdoor

shopping district, offers even more

dining and shopping options, Paragon

Theatres, Penny Lanes Bowling and a

Residence Inn by Marriott. (540) 786-6660.

www.spotsylvaniatownecentre.com.

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dream catchers, and American Indian

focused art. Specialty items include a

Pirate section, rocks and minerals, animal

skulls, and a great selection of authentic

Mexican Baja.

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RENAISSANCE AND RENDEZVOUS

Renaissance and Rendezvous ignite the

imagination for history. It provides

essential supplies and artifacts for

Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, Mountain

Men reenactors, Pow-Wow participants,

and Live Action Role Players. Renaissance

merchandise includes armor, swords,

knives, shields, and other weaponry like

mace and spears. Rendezvous focuses on

Mountain Men and American Indian trade

and includes furs, American Indian apparel

and jewelry, pottery, medicine wheels and

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R & R ANTIQUES

R & R has a collection of individual dealers

with a wide selection of various items.

Located at 1001 Caroline Street, and voted

“Best Antique Mall In the Burg, 2019!,” it is

noted as the largest antique mall in Olde

Towne. Offering mahogany, cherry, oak and

walnut furniture, Civil War memorabilia, old

quilts, period clothing, vintage man cave

items, oil paintings, photography, glassware,

jewelry, old games, oriental fare, miniature

furniture, lots of vinyl, Blu-ray, CD’s and

DVD’s – there are many items

R & R has to offer.

POTS & PALETTES

Pots & Palettes pottery painting studio is a fun

place for the whole family to spend creative

time together! Just walk in to paint pottery or

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throwing pottery classes. Have fun with

friends and family or paint that one-of-a-kind

piece for a loved one. See what's going on at

our website, www.potsandpalettes.com. See

ad on page 6.

RECLAIM ARCADE

Reclaim Arcade is a unique retro-modern

entertainment venue merging popular

vintage arcade games and pinball of the

70s, 80s, and 90s with a modern

atmosphere serving food and craft beer,

wine, and cider. Take a step back in time

with 75+ games and growing, all on free

play. Day passes and membership options

available. Rent the party room for an

unforgettable birthday or rent the full

arcade for your next event. Visit

reclaimarcade.com to learn more!

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NATURAL MYSTICS

Started in 2001, Natural Mystics has

everything you are looking for in a modern

alternative smoke shop as well as being a

bit of a blast from the past. It is a funky

little counter-culture store featuring tiedyes,

tapestries, incense, aromatherapy,

healing crystals, jewelry, bumper stickers,

unique gifts, and novelties. Natural Mystics

also carries high-quality smoking

accessories like grinders, rolling papers,

vaporizers, and the best of production and

heady glass pipes and pendants from local

as well as national artists. Come by and

check us out for some positive vibes and a

psychedelic shopping experience. One love!

OLDIES BUT GOODIES

ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES

OBG Antiques' invites you to come visit

our 6,000 sq' ft Antique Mall. Located in

Downtown Fredericksburg Va - 918

Caroline St. We offer a variety of

antiques, memorabilia and vintage items.

Such as: Furniture, Military Items, Jewelry,

Coins, Toys, Albums, Signs, Books, Tools,

Art and MUCH, MUCH MORE... Dealer

Discounts Available... Open 7 Days / Fri-

Sat Open until 7pm. We look forward to

seeing you. For more information, please

call 540-370-1942.

FREDERICKSBURG CUPCAKE

Fredericksburg Cupcake opened it’s doors in

November of 2017. We started in 2010 as a

boutique cupcake shop located in

Alexandria, Virginia at 1022 King Street,

between Patrick Street and Henry Street.

Due to popularity and demand, we decided

to expand our operations to Fredericksburg,

Virginia! Fredericksburg Cupcake is a unique

cupcake boutique bakery located at 206

George Street and one-of-a-kind! As you

walk through the front door, you will be

greeted with a unique decor consisting of a

European contemporary minimalist style.

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Gracing the contemporary decor, the building

adds a warm eclectic touch. With its

signature colors throughout the boutique,

Fredericksburg Cupcake is sure to leave a

lasting impression. All of our cupcakes are

baked fresh every day! You will never have a

cupcake that has been refrigerated nor

leftover from a previous day, this is our

guarantee to you!

THE GROVE OF BRITE BLESSINGS

The Grove of Brite Blessings is a

metaphysical shop established in 2016. A

family-owned shop carrying “Spiritual

supplies for Spiritual people”, from

crystals to herbs & incense, from books &

cards to tapestries & singing bowls. We

specialize in hand made creations for

personal journeys. We offer classes,

readings, & sound vibrational energy

recharging. We carry items from entry

level to advanced & pride ourselves on

our expertise in helping you find what

works for you on your spiritual path. We

are located @ 914 Caroline St. in an

antique shop, (so you can look without

being judged).

FAVOR CHOCOLATES

OF FREDERICKSBURG

Favor Chocolate Boutique specializes in

elegant chocolate gifts and decadent

chocolate treats, emphasizing high quality

ingredients and ethical sourcing. Guests at

Favor will find Neuhaus chocolates,

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handmade in Belgium, and Cluizel

chocolates, handmade in France, as well as

artisan chocolates crafted by various

chocolatiers around the US. Also for sale at

Favor are original artworks created by local

artists, plus signed books by local authors.

We offer a variety of gluten-free, soy-free,

dairy-free/vegan, and/or organic options.

*Favor is not nut safe.* Some chocolates

are seasonal and our selections change

frequently, so stop by often to try

something new.

NOTHING BUNDT CAKES

To find the perfect recipe for joy, you need

the perfect ingredients. That's what our

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founders Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz

were for each other. In 1997, Dena and

Debbie founded Nothing Bundt Cakes in

their Las Vegas home kitchens, and it has

since grown to more than 430 bakery

locations in 40+ states and Canada, offering

a modern spin on a classic treat. Select from

8", 10" and Tiered Bundt Cakes all crowned

with our signature cream cheese frosting

and perfect for all types of celebrations. Our

Bundt Cakes are handcrafted in every

bakery in a variety of delicious flavors and

sizes. To top it all off, our bakeries offer a

wide selection of retail items, including

party supplies, décor, and gifts, making

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MEYER FINE ART OF VIRGINIA

Fredericksburg’s newest art gallery features

original American and European artwork.

Come see paintings and sculptures dating

from the 15th century to the mid 20th

century as well as a few contemporary

artists. We are located in downtown

Fredericksburg, at 1015 Caroline St. and are

open Wed.-Sat. 11am-7pm, Sundays 12-

5pm. We offer appraisals and

conservation services for art as well as

frames. At MFA of VA, we encourage and

teach stewardship of our past and present

but most of all, make it fun to collect it.

FREDERICKSBURG FOOD CO-OP

The Fredericksburg Food Co-op is a fullservice

community-owned grocery store

located at 320 Emancipation Hwy,

Fredericksburg VA 22401. The focus of our

co-op is on locally grown and locally

sourced products. We offer a great selection

of organic and natural foods and non-toxic

wellness and household products. As a

community-owned cooperative, we make

decisions to maximize service to our owners

and our community. Striving to be a

gathering place for people and ideas as well

as a place to shop. Aiming to implement the

most environmentally sustainable practices

in all aspects of our operation and to join

others in working toward positive

environmental goals for our community. We

collaborate with other businesses and

entities in our community and put a special

focus on sharing best practices on nutrition,

wellness, and the benefits of moving toward

a more plant-based diet. Our success relies

on the broad support of both our owners

and the community.

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Virginia's Hummingbirds:

A Symphony of Wings and Color

The hummingbird, nature's agile gem, thrives in the lush landscapes of Virginia. With

wings that thrum like the strings of a violin, these birds are the avian world's virtuosos. In

Virginia's gardens, forests, and backyards, the most common of these feathered artists is

the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, a tiny creature with the heart of a lion and the aerial

skills of an ace pilot.

The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is a marvel of migration, embarking on a non-stop flight

over the Gulf of Mexico to reach its breeding havens in the East. Males are decked in an

iridescent ruby necklace and are often seen performing breathtaking dives to impress their

mates. The females, architects of the bird world, weave nests from the silk of spiders and

the fluff of flowers, creating soft cradles for their young.

While the Ruby-Throated is a familiar summer visitor, the Rufous Hummingbird is a rare

but memorable guest. With its fiery feathers and feisty spirit, the Rufous is known for its

incredible journey, traveling up to 4000 miles to and from its breeding grounds. This bird's

memory is as sharp as its beak; it's known to revisit the same feeders year after year, a

testament to its remarkable navigational skills.

Occasionally, birdwatchers in Virginia may also spot the accidental, such as the Allen's

Hummingbird, or the elusive Black-Chinned Hummingbird, each with its unique charm.

The Allen's displays a tapestry of copper and green, while the Black-Chinned boasts a

hidden purple hue within its namesake collar.

Amidst the backdrop of Virginia's diverse habitats, from the coastal plains to the rolling

hills, these hummingbirds flit and float, sipping nectar from vibrant blooms and catching

tiny insects mid-flight. They are the state's natural jewelers, adorning the environment with

flashes of color and life.

For those wishing to encourage these winged wonders into their gardens, a simple

offering of a feeder and the natural allure of native, tubular flowers in shades of red and

orange can turn a simple backyard into a hummingbird haven.

Virginia's hummingbirds remind us of the delicate balance of our ecosystems and the joy

that such small creatures can bring. They encourage us to pause, to watch, and to

appreciate the finer details of the natural world unfolding in our own backyards.

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BROCK’S RIVERSIDE GRILL

Brock’s Riverside Grill is celebrating over 20

years of excellence and would like to thank

Fredericksburg for all your support over the

years. Brock’s is committed to exceeding

our guests’ expectations and continually

strives to improve. We believe our handcarved

steaks, fresh seafood and salads will

allow us to provide outstanding food and

service for years to come. Outside seating,

upscale dining, private rooms and a classic

long bar make Brock’s the place for any

occasion. From intimate dinners to wedding

receptions, rehearsal dinners, office parties,

birthday celebrations, etc., there’s no better

place than Brock’s.

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CINNAHOLIC

Our mission is to solve everyone’s dessert

cravings while having a positive impact on

the world. We’re proud to serve createyour-own

cinnamon rolls and other sweet

treats like made-from-scratch brownies,

cookies, and edible cookie dough. Select

from over 20 unique frosting flavors and a

variety of fresh and decadent toppings for

your cinnamon roll. Mix and match flavors

to create a new experience every visit! We

look forward to serving you and your loved

ones at our Stafford, VA location!

AMY’S CAFÉ

Amy’s Café sits on West Cambridge Street, on

the Stafford side of the Rappahannock River ,

under the Falmouth Bridge. Originally built

over 200 years ago the by America’s first selfmade-millionaire,

the historic building has

survived the Civil War and natural disasters

including several floods. Amy’s Café has been

open for almost 16 years, serving a downhome

style menu with charm.

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THE SUNKEN WELL TAVERN

The Sunken Well Tavern offers breakfast,

lunch, dinner and daily specials. Come dine in

a relaxing atmosphere as you watch sports in

HD or surf the internet on your laptop.

Hearty breakfasts, delightful lunches and

dinners to-go are all on tap at our

neighborhood oasis. For breakfast, try

chocolate chip pancakes or the New Jersey

Sunrise, which features ham, home fries,

eggs and cheese. When lunchtime rolls

around, choose from a large array of salads,

burgers, wraps and sandwiches, including a

Maryland crab cake sandwich served with a

choice of fries, onion rings or pasta salad. For

dinner, enjoy nightly specials. Call to find out

what they are tonight! Be sure to come on

down to The Sunken Well Tavern on

Littlepage Street, one block from Downtown

Fredericksburg. 540-370-0911.

ABNER B’S ICE CREAM –

FREDERICKSBURG AND STAFFORD’S

HOMETOWN CREAMERY - Established in

2011, Abner Butterfield’s Ice Cream proudly

brings the Fredericksburg region’s best

hand-dipped ice cream and frozen desserts

to 821 Caroline Street in downtown historic

Fredericksburg and to Stafford’s Embrey Mill

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Town Center at 1630 Publix Way. Abner B’s

has created over 425 ice cream, sherbet,

sorbet, and frozen yogurt flavors and hand

crafts ice cream fresh daily in both shops!

Over 90 flavors are signature creations

unique to our style of made fresh in shop

ice cream where the fresh cream flavor rises

to the top complimented by fruits,

chocolates, nuts, candies, and cookies. All

the classic flavors and variations plus local

favorites like Molasses Gingersnap, Banana

Pudding, Honey Orange, Cherry Vanilla,

Pecan Sandy, Cocochocochip, Cookie

Dough, Espresso Cookies and Cream,…and

too many others to count! 24 flavors served

daily in your favorite sprinkled cone or in

splits, sundaes, shakes, malts, frappes, and

ala modes. And while you’re at it, pick up a

pint or one of our ice cream pies from our

‘grab ‘n go’ freezer! Abner B’s - the “Dessert

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RENEE’S CRÊPES & CAKES

Get your taste buds ready for Renee's

Crêpes & Cake, a family owned and

operated business. Honoring French

tradition, we make each crepe to order. You

can watch as the chef use a wooden paddle

to spread the batter evenly across the

griddle. Then comes your choice of

toppings. From delicious sweet & savory

crepes to amazing homemade cakes,

sandwiches, pita breads, salads and soups.

Catering is also now available. There's

something for everyone. Bonn-A-Petite!

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COLONIAL TAVERN...

HOME TO THE IRISH BRIGADE

This community cornerstone is known for:

a friendly staff, delicious Irish/American

fare, and cold Irish beer. The restaurant is

housed inside the original depot, of the

former Virginia Central Railway. New

employee owners: Michael Papapetrou and

Jared Gunter feel humbled that the

Colonial Tavern is voted among the “Best 8

Pubs in Virginia,” for the 2nd year. Visit for

Monday Night “Open Mic,” more live

music on Wednesday-Saturday nights and

some weekend afternoons. Sundays

feature brunch and free evening trivia.

Hours: Monday and Wednesday through

Saturday, 11:30 a.m. until midnight;

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Food is

served until an hour before closing. Check

out the current menus and nifty

merchandise, at www.irishbrigadetavern.com.

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THE SOUP & TACO ETC.

A tradition in downtown Fredericksburg

both for college students and families.

Come in and enjoy a variety of tacos and

soups made from scratch using all fresh

ingredients. Fish Tacos voted “Top Notch”

by Northern Virginia Magazine. Also voted

“Best Tacos in Virginia” two years in a row.

You can also enjoy authentic dishes from

Mexico and Latin America. Enjoy good food

with a margarita, mojito or homemade

sangria. The Soup and Taco is family-ownedand-operated.

For more information, call

540-899-0969.

THE SOUP AND TACO II

The Soup and Taco II is located at 806

William Street. Come in and enjoy a great

margarita, a beer or a glass of wine in a

cozy and friendly atmosphere. There is a

more extensive menu, including fajitas,

sandwiches and more Latin American

specials. Soup and Taco ll also has a cozy

patio.

TAPA RIO

Tapa Rio is a family-owned-and-operated

restaurant located in Downtown

Fredericksburg. The owners have worked

in the restaurant industry for over 20 years,

both in Virginia and DC. After many years

of working for others, they decided to

open their own restaurant in the heart of

Fredericksburg. They prayed for God to do

his work! If He wanted to give them the

opportunity to own their own place and let

the public taste their talents, then He

would let it happen. When they found

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1101 Sophia Street, they knew this was

the perfect spot! All ingredients are fresh

and prepared daily. They cook to order and

are very passionate about their food. They

don’t just prep it or cook it for you, they

give each plate extra love. Tapa Rio has a

selection of wines from Chile, Argentina,

Spain and Italy. The menu is like no other

in Fredericksburg. Come visit the

beautifully remodeled restaurant and enjoy

the beautiful view of the river.

THE ALPINE CHEF

Come to downtown Fredericksburg, and

enjoy the glamour of the original historical

train station setting! Dine on the heated

Biergarten patio inside the great hall, or in

one of our cozier rooms by the fireplace...

With the delicious offerings presented by

German Chef Jannec Hornig, from hand cut

steaks and fresh seafood to old world

favorites, you will be transported to Europe.

Enjoy our imported German draught beers

and wine, as well as craft cocktails. Owners

Jannec and Katherine Hornig have created

an atmosphere of relaxation and romance

with an authentic menu that will leave you

satisfied from brunch to dinner, and if you

have enough room, homemade desserts!

This family owned restaurant will have

everything you need, and is guaranteed to

bring you back for more. Following strict

Covid procedures they aim to keep all their

guests and staff safe. Delivery, Takeout, and

Catering also available. Stop by to enjoy our

seasonal menus and the classics, or just to

say hello, because here, “Du Bist Familie!”

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EATS

Born here in Fredericksburg, in the

grooviest decade – the 70s, Kelly Hunt

is proud to be part of this great

community. Eats proudly features local

farm raised beef smash burgers. We

partner with small local businesses

like Tilly’s Homemade Ice Cream and

Freddy’s Donuts for our super Donut

Sandys. This is your place for out-ofsight

freshly made burgers, dogs, fried

seafood and delicious desserts, all

served in a retro atmosphere. Dine-in,

take-out and drive-up! Come hang

with us… it’s the only joint you won’t

want to pass!

BATTLEFIELD RESTAURANT

Battlefield Restaurant is a hometown

favorite. Family owned and operated

since 1988, it is located directly across

from the Battlefield Visitor Center and

offers an old style diner menu and feel

including a full menu daily with huge

breakfast platters and down-home

southern dishes. Open early 7 days a

week, stop by for one of our famous

Hubcap pancakes, our homemade chip

beef gravy, or an omelet. You won’t leave

hungry!

CAPITAL ALE HOUSE

Located in Downtown

Fredericksburg, Capital Ale House is

the perfect destination for beer and

food lovers alike! Featuring Virginia

pasture-raised beef and other

locally-inspired American and

German cuisine, an 80’ bar with over

60 beers on tap, competitively

priced to-go growler and six-packs

and private dining spaces for all your

party needs, Capital Ale House has

something to offer for everyone!

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MASON DIXON CAFE

Mason-Dixon proudly offers scratch

made breakfast, lunch, dinner and

brunch that can be described as southern

comfort with a twist! Breakfast is served

all day featuring delicious chicken &

waffles, omelets, pancakes, stuffed

French toast and much more. Lunch and

dinner choices include our gourmet

burgers, sandwiches, house-made soups

& desserts. Check out our daily specials

on Facebook or Instagram. We also have

weekly specials Monday-Friday, which

include half price hot dogs, Wine

Wednesdays and kids eating free!

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DURANGO GRILL

At Durango our philosophy is very

simple: the guest is the very reason for

our existence. Therefore we make

every effort possible to ensure that

each and every guest has the most

enjoyable experience possible. Our

commitment to you is that our food

will be fresh, hot and of the highest

quality. We serve items from Wings &

Baby Back Ribs to our Signature Steak

or T-Bone. In the mood for Fish &

Shrimp? Our service will be friendly,

sincere and efficient. In other words:

“We are here for you!”

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Abner B’s Ice Cream www.abnerb.com 68 36 $ MC, V, DIS, AMX

821 Caroline Street

Abner B’s Ice Cream www.abnerb.com 68 38 $ MC, V, DIS, AMX

1630 Publix Way, Stafford

Amy’s Cafe 540-373-3663 67 39 B,L,D $ X X X X X X MC, V, DIS

103 West Cambridge

Battlefield Rest. 540-846-9661 72 36 B,L $ X X X X

1018 Lafayette Blvd.

Brock’s Riverside Grill 540-370-1820 66 36 L,D $ X X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

503 Sophia Street

Cinnaholic 802-Gourmet 67 38 $ MC, V, DIS, AMX

825 Wonder Rd, Stafford

Capital Ale House 540-371-2337 77 36 L,D $ X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

917 Caroline Street

Colonial Tavern - Irish Brigade Y 69 36 L,D $ X X X X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

406 Lafayette Blvd. 540-373-1313

CoolCat Cupcakes 540-604-0271 55 37 $ MC, V, DIS, AMX

1000 Charles Street

Durango Grill 540-548-2093 Y 73 39 L,D $ X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

4256 Plank Road

Eats, A Burger Joint 540-940-6400 72 36 L,D $ X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

701 Lafayette Blvd

OBO Pizza

1865 Carl D Silver Pkwy

540-412-5288 Y 18 39 L,D $ MC, V, DIS, AMX

Mason Dixon Café

2100 Princess Anne Street

540-371-1950 73 39 B,L,D $ X X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

Renee’s Crepes & Cakes 540-368-0420 69 39 B,L $ X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

2020 Augustine Ave.

Soup & Taco

813 Caroline Street

540-899-0969 70 36 L,D $ X MC, V, DIS, AMX

Soup & Taco II 540-899-0941 70 37 L,D $ X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

806 William Street

Spirits 540-371-9595 80 36 B,L,D $ X X X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

816 Caroline Street

Tapa Rio 540-373-0870 71 37 L,D $ X X X X X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

1101 Sophia Street

The Alpine Chef 540-656-2101 71 36 L,D $ X X X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

200 Lafayette Blvd.

The Sunken Well Tavern 540-370-0911 68 36 B,L,D $ X X X X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

720 Littlepage Street

Tim’s II at Fairview 540-775-7500 75 L,D $ X X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

5441 Pavilion Drive, Fairview Beach

Tim’s at Lake Anna 540-894-5011 75 L,D $ X X X X MC, V, DIS, AMX

200 Boardwalk Way

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WINERIES & BREWERIES

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1781 BREWING CO.

Our Mission to create truly distinct farmhouse ales

and lagers on our Virginia farm, Reap what you Sow,

sustainability at 1781 Brewing Co, means leaving

little to no trace and replacing our carbon footprint

in meaningful ways. We are continually listed as a

Corporation for Conservation by Ducks Unlimited

and other nonprofits. In 2017, 1781 Brewing Co.

contributed to help conserve over 248,000 acres of

wetlands which are the most at-risk ecological

systems. We also are involved in several USDA

environmental programs for wetlands and forest

and maintain 60 acres of deciduous forest and

buffer zones for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. All

1781 Brewing Co.'s spent grains and brewery refuse

goes to either compost for our vegetable garden or

to another local farmer, Todd Schlund for his Pork

production.

WILDERNESS RUN VINEYARDS

Wilderness Run Vineyards began as a twinkle-in-theeye

of Robert and Denise Pagan as they looked

across the farm they had raised their family upon.

With the help of their son Harry and lifelong friend

Brandon (and many others), they started reclaiming

what were once dairy pastures and began planting

long rows of vines. After seeing the fruits of their

labor and all of the natural beauty of the property,

they decided what they had built must be shared.

Wilderness Run Vineyards has continually set goals

for the growth of the vineyard and farm. Every year

they have planted an average of an acre of new

grapes. The addition of 1781 Brewing Co. on the

farm has added to a variety of new beverage

options for patrons. The combination of vineyard

and brewery located on their historic property has

allowed them to holdfast to ethos; making the most

out of time with family, serving patrons as they are

our family and giving back to the community.

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