Carl’s Ice Cream

Carl’s Ice Cream is located about two blocks south, at 2200 Princess Anne Street.  The business was founded in 1947 under the name “Carl’s Frozen Custard,” and was moved to the current structure in 1953.  Today, Carl’s still uses the original Electo-Freeze Ice Cream machines from the 1940’s to serve their signature soft-serve ice cream in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and pineapple flavors.  Between February November, visitors to Carl’s can get delicious ice cream daily from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Sunday through Thursday, and from 11:00 am to 11:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.  For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Carl’s was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005 due to its distinctive Art Moderne style, its location on a busy street that was significant in the development of automobile transportation through Fredericksburg in the mid-20th century, and its lasting importance as a local cultural icon.  It’s fame has extended beyond Fredericksburg, as Carl’s has been reviewed and recommended by several newspapers and media outlets.  These include USA Today, which named it the best ice cream parlor in Virginia, and  a PBS documentary by Rick Sebak entitled “An Ice Cream Show.”

Photo Credit: Melissa Robison, http://www.flickr.com/photos/mydesignselfstudy/2895063083/ photo 2895063083_bd6f8ec53f_o_zps44f4b526.jpg

Photo Credit: Melissa Robison, http://www.flickr.com/photos/mydesignselfstudy/2895063083/ photo 2895063083_bd6f8ec53f_o_zps44f4b526.jpg

Photo Credit: Melissa Robison, http://www.flickr.com/photos/mydesignselfstudy/2895063135/ photo 2895063135_38d4541353_o_zps4c97d2db.jpg

Photo Credit: Melissa Robison, http://www.flickr.com/photos/mydesignselfstudy/2895063135/ photo 2895063135_38d4541353_o_zps4c97d2db.jpg

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Photo Credit: Leslie Johnston, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lljohnston/2856448038/ photo 2856448038_3a87a592a7_z_zps772f0ef8.jpg

Photo Credit: Department of Historic Resources, http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Cities/Fredericksburg/CarlsIceCreamStand_photo.htm photo Carls_front_view_2002_111-50071_zps4f83e32f.jpg

Photo Credit: Department of Historic Resources, http://www.dhr.virginia.gov/registers/Cities/Fredericksburg/CarlsIceCreamStand_photo.htm photo Carls_front_view_2002_111-50071_zps4f83e32f.jpg

Photo Credit: Kaitlin O'Shea, Preservation in Pink, http://preservationinpink.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/more-of-carls/ photo img_2696_zps4339f7f2.jpg

Photo Credit: Kaitlin O’Shea, Preservation in Pink, http://preservationinpink.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/more-of-carls/ photo img_2696_zps4339f7f2.jpg

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