To me there are certain signatures of summer; fireflies, fireworks, and 31 flavors… of ice cream that is! So when I found Carl’s Ice Cream while antiquing in Historic Fredericksburg you can imagine my delight.
Carl’s is an old-fashioned ice cream stand. No tables, no booths there. It’s all about the window, and I don’t mean the drive-thru. Nope, I mean park your car and walk up to the window…just like they did in 1947, when Carl’s first opened, some 65 yrs. ago.
Now, if you are looking for fancy, Carl’s is not the place for you (they only serve 3 flavors – chocolate, vanilla & strawberry), but if you are looking for a little piece of nostalgia – you can’t beat it! In fact, Carl’s is on the National Register of Historic Places.
If you go, expect lines, because it’s the pride & joy of Fredericksburg! But no worries, thanks to the clerks that are both fast and friendly the line moves quickly. And even though you only have 3 flavor choices, they can serve them up to you in a cone, a cup, a malt, a shake or a sundae. All prepared from the electro-freeze machines from the forties.
More than anything, Carl’s serves up a piece of Americana. You can tell that just as soon as you drive up and see the Art Deco facade – oh how I LOVE the neon lights!!
So the next time you take a trip down memory lane I would highly recommend making a detour by Carl’s. Just remember to bring CASH – true to its old school ways Carl’s doesn’t accept checks or credit cards.
Carl’s Ice Cream is located at 2200 Princess Anne St. Fredericksburg, Va.