The Fredericksburg Historic District is one of the earliest Germanic settlements in the state. The district encompasses 40 blocks of historic buildings dating from the mid-19th century. Fredericksburg is known for its 19th-century vernacular buildings of stone and fachwerk--a traditional German building technique consisting of heavy timber framing and diagonal bracing, with an infill of limestone. The town was founded by an association of German noblemen organized in 1842. Map of Historic District List of Individual Landmarks Outside of Historic District.
In 2017, City Council hired the first Historic Preservation Officer to oversee changes to historic properties. Properties location within the historic district and individual landmarks must obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness for all exterior changes.