Carl's Ice Cream

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Carl's Ice Cream
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Restaurant information
Established 1947
Street address 2200 Princess Anne St
City Fredericksburg
State Virginia
Postal code/ZIP 22401
Country USA
Seating capacity

0 (Walk-up Window)

Carl's Ice Cream is located in Virginia
Carl's Ice Cream
Location 2200 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, Virginia
Coordinates 38°18′49″N 77°28′7″W / 38.31361°N 77.46861°W / 38.31361; -77.46861Coordinates: 38°18′49″N 77°28′7″W / 38.31361°N 77.46861°W / 38.31361; -77.46861
Area less than one acre
Built 1947
Architect Skinner, Ashton
Architectural style Moderne
NRHP Reference # 05000642[1]
VLR # 111-5007
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 30, 2005
Designated VLR December 6, 2000[2]

Carl's Ice Cream (also known as "Carl's Frozen Custard" or, most often, simply "Carl's") is a curbside 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.[3][4]


Carl Sponseller founded Carl's Frozen Custard stand in 1947.[5] 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 three flavors (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry), 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.[6][7] 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?[edit]

The difference between ice cream and frozen custard is frozen custard contains eggs, so it's a thicker heavier cream. Carl's has always had eggs in the mix, but 15 years ago Virginia State Law said there was not enough eggs to legally call it Frozen Custard. (This egg content would have made it pudding!)

Since VA law has modified the egg content to be able to officially call it Frozen Custard again! All signs at Carl's now reflect the law change, and now say Frozen Custard.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  4. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form" (.pdf file). 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Off the Beaten Path, Vol. 8". Simply Fredericksburg. 1999-07-25. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  6. ^ "Carl's Ice Cream". Fredericksburg Guidebook. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  7. ^ Buncombe, Andrew (2003-09-06). "For 50 Years and More, the Simple Pleasures of an Ice-Cream". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2008-08-11. [dead link]

External links[edit]

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