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/ZIP Code 22401
Country USA
Seating capacity

0 (Walk-up Window)

Carl's Ice Cream is located in Northern Virginia
Carl's Ice Cream
Carl's Ice Cream is located in Virginia
Carl's Ice Cream
Carl's Ice Cream is located in the US
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] The original building was registered as a National Landmark and is an official register of Historic Places in 2005. Since 1947, the 1940s era Electro Freeze machines have produced the frozen custard daily. Custard is different from ice cream because it contains eggs, and sells only three flavors, Vanilla, Chocolate, and Strawberry. When Carl retired he passed it to his brothers, Paul Sponseller and Herbert Sponseller. When they in turn retired it was passed to Ramona Sponseller (Settle), Daniel Sponseller, and Cristina Sponseller (McCann); keeping it in the family. 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 seasonal, and closed each year from the Sunday before Thanksgiving until the Friday of Presidents Day Weekend.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (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 2016-05-29. 

External links[edit]

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