The Heritage Center archives and preserves historical documents and photographs pertaining to the history and people from the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford in Virginia.


A non-profit, all-volunteer archives whose mission is to preserve historically valuable material of the region and make it available to the public for research.

These five areas share a rich history connected by the Rappahannock River, which linked their vibrant and vital ports. King George County’s Port Conway and Caroline County’s Port Royal faced each other across the river. Twenty miles upriver, the port at Fredericksburg was Spotsylvania County’s shipping hub and just across the river was Falmouth, the port for King George County and Stafford County.

History books fully document Virginia’s famous sons and battlefields, but the founders of The Heritage Center believed that our area’s grassroots history was being lost. So they began collecting all types of historical documents and photographs from the Central

Rappahannock Region, from family correspondence and diaries to birth, marriage, genealogy records and local court cases. An amazing array of documents and photographs are being preserved and the information entered into a world-class database that can be searched from this website.

So take a few minutes to delve a bit into the fascinating local history of our region. Whether you have roots in the area or are just a student of Virginia history, you’ll find there is much to learn by searching our digital library at CRHC Database Search or visit our archives at 900 Barton St. Suite 111, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 22401 where you can see the original documents for yourself. 

2020 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors serves as the governing body for The Heritage Center, which is a non-profit,

501(c)(3) organization. The Board of Directors ensures that The Heritage Center is fiscally healthy and fulfilling its mission.



The Board of Directors meets at 5:15 pm the third Tuesday every other month at The Heritage Center in downtown Fredericksburg.



900 Barton St, Suite 111 - Fredericksburg, VA 22401

CHAIRMANBarbara Barrett

VICE CHAIRMANMeredith Beckett

TREASURER - Daniel Bender

SECRETARY - Catherine Farley


Jack Apperson

Diane Ballman

Douglas Cooper

Patrice Davis

Kevin Jones

Florence Barnick

Jonathan Gerlach

Wallace Morton

Amy Olney

Edward Overton

John Reifenberg

Alma Withers

Terry Dougherty




Kim Campbell

Don Dennis

Mary Lou Dennis

Janet England

John Hollinger

Patricia Kent

Tony Kent

Roberta Kerr

Barbara Kirkwood-Taylor

Elizabeth Lee

Barry McGhee

Blair Mitchell

Betsy Taylor


900 Barton St - #111

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

(540) 373-3704

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Tuesday, Wednesday &  Thursday

10am - 4pm


by appointment only

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