Carl's Ice Cream
|Carl's Ice Cream|
|Street address||2200 Princess Anne St|
0 (Walk-up Window)
|Location||2200 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, Virginia|
|Area||less than one acre|
|NRHP Reference #||05000642|
|Added to NRHP||June 30, 2005|
|Designated VLR||December 6, 2000|
Carl's Ice Cream (also known as "Carl's Frozen Custard" or, most often, simply "Carl's") is a roadside ice cream stand located at 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Since 2005, the stand, with its Art Moderne architectural facade, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Carl Sponseller founded Carl's Frozen Custard stand in 1947. Since then, the 1940s era Electro Freeze machines have produced the frozen treat. When served, the ice cream is hand scooped, with a signature “twist” added to the top by the disher. Carl's sells only four flavors (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and pineapple), but also offers sundaes, shakes, malts, frozen slushes and slush floats. The stand has what can only be called a devoted following, to the point that the line of customers often stretches around the building, even in bad weather. Carl's is closed each year from the Sunday before Thanksgiving until the Friday of Presidents Day Weekend. This is because Sponseller would close the shop each year for hunting season, and the current owners (also Sponseller family members) have continued the tradition.
Ice Cream or Frozen Custard?
The soft-serve ice cream is technically not frozen custard, because it does not contain the minimum level of egg yolks required under Virginia law to advertise it as such.
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- Link to Facebook Group: Carl's Ice Cream (enough said)
- Link to Facebook Page: Carl's Ice Cream
- Carl's at the DHR website
- "An Ice Cream Show", PBS show