There have been newspapers published in Fredericksburg since 1788. (The only gap came in 1862-65, when the city was devastated by war.) Fredericksburg has been a one-newspaper town – the Free Lance-Star –- since the 1920s, but before that many newspapers were published locally….
Years ago Bob Hodge indexed all the old newspapers of Fredericksburg from 1788 to 1928. His indexes are available in hard-copy in CRRL’s Virginiana Collection, and online. Note that these are indexes only—not texts.
If you are interested in working with the old newspapers of Fredericksburg, contact the CRRL research librarians online or by phone at 540-372-1144.