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 Main Street America™ 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.
Main Street America™ has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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.