Downtown Fredericksburg is a vibrant community that boasts a rich history, an eclectic mix of art galleries, restaurants, shops and a full calendar of family friendly events for visitors and residents to enjoy year round. We’re thrilled to welcome you and provide you with the resources you need to enjoy our incredible city.
Indeed, our incredible city is a charming historic town but it’s also a thriving business district, cultural hub and a home for so many people. It’s a place where generations have lived, worked and preserved the historic fabric of our downtown. We’re proud that visitors, residents, locals, business owners and property owners alike can benefit from our downtown shops, restaurants, service providers, offices, historic sites and galleries. We hope to get to know each other while you’re here.
Fredericksburg Virginia Main Street (FVMS) is a chapter of the National Main Street Program, an initiative originated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that focuses on the revitalization of traditional downtowns to enhance the appearance and economic stability of the commercial district, and to improve community pride and quality of life for residents and visitors.
The program has been adopted in 44 states and more than 1,650 communities across the country. Fredericksburg VA Main Street Inc. (FVMS) is affiliated with the Virginia Main Street Center. It assists Virginia communities in developing their own self-help revitalization programs. Through the efforts of a group of local volunteers, Fredericksburg was selected in June of 2013 as one of two Main Street Virginia communities, qualifying it for a three year package of training and technical assistance. Designated communities pay for their own operating expenses and community projects.
As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Fredericksburg Virginia Main Street is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.
The Virginia Main Street Program is a preservation-based economic and community development program that follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach™ developed by the National Trust Main Street Center. Virginia Main Street offers a range of services and assistance to communities interested in revitalizing their historic commercial districts. While the program was designed to address the need for revitalization and on-going management of smaller to mid-sized downtowns, aspects of the Main Street Approach™ may be applied successfully in other commercial settings.