Pieces of Our Past

Ted and Toni Cunningham

Reverend Theodore Cunningham, retired pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, New Site, and Toni Cunningham.
Ted and Toni Cunningham

Tomi Lewis Reneau

Long-time HFFI member, Tomi Lewis Reneau, a Fredericksburg native well known for her knowledge of local history, her skill in photography and graphic arts, for her genealogical research, and as a book collector.
Tomi Lewis Reneau, Part I
Tomi Lewis Reneau, Part II

Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler Thompson

Funeral Director Wheeler Terrell Thompson was born in Fredericksburg on Oct. 6, 1905. He married Margaret French Kirkpatrick Thompson on July 16, 1932, and the couple has four children, Elizabeth Jane, Margaret Anne, John Kirkpatrick Thompson and Wyatt Wheeler Thompson.
Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler Thompson, Part I
Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler Thompson, Part II

Warren Farmer

Mr. Farmer discusses the 1918 influenza epidemic, life in Fredericksburg, his work at the Free Lance-Star, and more.
Warren Farmer, Part I
Warren Farmer, Part II
Warren Farmer, Part III

R. DuVal Dickinson

In 1970 Mr. Dickinson and his wife, Anne, moved the farm equipment business into a remodeled dairy barn where they still operate the business today.

Blanche Moran

Blanche Moran is a woman who worked in the Fredericksburg area in the 30’s and 40’s. She lived here for many years from before the Great Depression until the interview in 1998; during that time she had experienced a wide variety of things here. If history is truly the everyday life of average people, Mrs. Moran is a great representation of that history for this area.

Agnes McGee

Miss Agnes McGee actively participated in the growth of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County by serving on several boards and she grew up on a dairy farm in the area which she helped to work.

Mrs. Frances Robinson Buckley Pratt

Mrs. Frances Robinson Buckley Pratt lived in the Fredericksburg area for most of a century. She has witnessed many changes in the area including the beginning of Fort A. P. Hill and the Great Flood. She has an interesting story to tell and a lot of geographic information about how the town began and what grew where. She met a few celebrities along the way too, including the famous artist Salvador Dali and his wife.

Dr. D. William Scott

Dr. David William Scott, Jr., is a native of the Fredericksburg area who was 91 at the time of this interview in 2003. He shares with us his vast knowledge of the changing landscape of the area as well as changes in the medical field since he received his degree over 50 years ago. Dr. Scott also served in WWII and shares with us here some of his experiences dealing with leprosy among other things. He was one of the first doctors using penicillin and so many other drugs that are so common today.

Mr. Carlton Onderdonk

Carlton Onderdonk was a Scoutmaster in the Fredericksburg area.