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ESTABLISHED 2017

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THE STORY BEHIND OUR NAME

WHAT IS A BILLIKEN?

A Billiken is said to be the creation of Ms. Florence Pretz, a Kansas City art teacher and illustrator. She dreamed of this little guy in the early 1900s. Ms. Pretz initially manufactured her Billiken Man as coin banks and statuettes, and later as a doll. This good luck charm soon became a national craze and the Billiken’s likeness adorned everything from Post Cards to hood ornaments. The Horsemen Doll Co. manufactured the Billiken as a doll for two years around 1908 and in the first months sold 200,000 dolls.

During the Great Depression, the Billiken took on the life of a good luck charm. Several poems have been written explaining the luck he brings to those who possess him. He has been explained as everything from a fairy to an Imp, a good luck charm, and even as a god. In China, he is called the god of “things that should be.” He has taken on many lives all around the world including Alaska and Canada.

He is here to amuse, make you laugh and to bring you luck and happiness. And last, but not least, he is here for you to askt he question…what is a Billiken?

THE HISTORY BEHIND "THE CHIMNEYS"

The Chimney’s, named for its two stone chimneys at each end, is regarded as one of the finest examples of Georgian Architecture in the city of Fredericksburg. The two-story house is framed with heavy timber with mortise and tenon joints secured with hardwood pegs. Spaces between wall studs are nogged with the brick in the interior and exterior walls (on display in our back, right dining room). In the mid- to late 18th century, Fredericksburg was a large port city in the colonies and The Chimneys’ hipped roof framing utilizes techniques common in the construction of ships’ hulls at the time. It’s decorative woodwork in the molding, millwork and paneling is also particularly significant. The Chimneys was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

It was long believed that The Chimneys was built by John Glassell, a Scottish merchant, after purchasing the property from Charles Yates, but documented evidence points to Yates being responsible for the building of this landmark. Charles Yates was an English immigrant from a very distinguished family of teachers, some of which proceeded him to Virginia. Charles Yates was a dedicated Mason, which would explain the beauty and distinction of The Chimneys’ design. Most importantly, Yates was a shrewd and meticulous businessman. The location of The Chimneys was surely strategic as its original orientation faced the river where Yates was most likely conducted his business as a merchant. Yates sold The Chimneys to John Glassell in 1771.

John Glassell was a Scottish merchant and a British loyalist. He only owned The Chimneys for four years before he granted custody of The Chimneys to a relative, William Glassell. It is said that he planned to return to Scotland for a short time, but his sympathies to Great Britain proved so strong that he never returned. Wiliam Glassell resided at The Chimneys from 1775 until his death in 1801. After William’s death, John Glassell appointed Daniel Grinnan the executor of the estate. During the 1800s, the house was bought and sold many times and housed many distinguished residents, one of which was Ellen Lewis Herndon “Nell” Arthur, who lived in The Chimneys as a child and later became the wife of Chester A. Arthur (our 21st President).

It is fascinating to think of the rich history of this home. The Chimneys has passed through many different people from all over the world. Billiken’s Smokehouse is honored to have its name written on the pages of history. After months of restoration, The Chimneys has become a part of our family and we look forward to filling its walls with great food and laughter for many years to come.
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Hours

Mondays

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Tuesday – Thursday

4:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday – Sunday

11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Contact

(540) 656-2932

info@billikensbbq.com 623 Caroline Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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