Remembering the Good Times, Together

"Back in the 80s I asked permission to photograph the soda fountain to use as a set design for a play at a local community theatre. I think we succeeded in recreating Goolrick's. I felt it was an homage to a favorite place."

- Barbara C.

"Took my kids there over 30 years ago to have authentic Cherry Coke. My son now takes his kids for the egg salad sandwich and fountain made milkshakes. It is my grandsons', ages 10 and 13, favorite place downtown."

- Jan K.

"I loved Goolrick’s. When I was at MWC in the ‘60’s, I walked down there at least once a week to eat lunch. The food was a warm and comfy reminder of home."

- Adrienne    W.

"I would get a chocolate malted and a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. You always got chips and a pickle. Love it!"

- Deborah O.

"Don’t forget the toasted cream cheese and olive sandwiches!! My fav! I worked in the former courthouse building and lunched at Goolrick’s weekly."

- Shirley M.

"Went there every Saturday growing up. Nothing like the ham/chicken sandwich and egg salad sandwich and fresh squeezed lemonade or chocolate shake."

- Marlene S.B.

"I remember having Saturday lunch at Goolrick’s with my grandmother, Mary Taylor. We would share an egg salad sandwich and a bottle of Coca-Cola with two paper straws! We lived in King George and would “go to town” on Saturdays for all of our shopping. It was always a special treat to spend time with Grandma (and Grandpa who would drive us to town) and enjoy lunch at Goolrick’s lunch counter."

- Dee S.

"I grew up in Goolrick’s! Egg salad sandwiches and root beer floats were family favorites. Spinning around on the swivel counter stools was my favorite thing to do!"

- Regina B.

"My favorite memory of Goolrick’s is when a previous owner would place a life-size nativity scene in the window every Christmas. It was always one of the highlights of the season. I enjoyed coming to Fredericksburg City just to see it."

- Judy P.

"I loved going to Goolrick’s with my father just as he had done with his grandfather in the 1930’s. He loved the cream cheese and olive sandwich on toasted white with a pickle and a chocolate soda. I always wanted a cherry coke. I cannot wait for you to reopen."

- Sandra D.

"When I was getting chemotherapy back in 2009, my friends Brian and Jenny would bring BLTs from Goolrick's and sit with me during my treatments. I will always get a BLT there because they make the best."

- Sharon M.

"While my daughter was in school, we traveled from northern Hartwood to Goolrick's every Saturday for an early lunch. My lunch was a tuna sandwich, and hers was an egg salad. This was our Saturday routine. I still made my trips after she moved away, and I even remember the phone number to call in to-go orders. Miss my Goolrick's!"

- Robyn T.

"Back in the 1990s, I took my granddaughter to Goolrick's for a milkshake. It was huge. Served in a large metal shaker style cup that you could pour into a smaller cup and drink to your leisure while the metal one kept the shake cold. I thought, 'she is so little, she won't be able to finish it all!' So I asked her to share with me, and she shook her head 'no' and proceeded to finish the whole thing! Their shakes are the bomb!"

- Denise D.

"My father went to Goolrick's as a child in the 1930's. He later took me there, too. He always got a cream cheese and olive sandwich with a chocolate soda. I always got a cream cheese and olive sandwich with a cherry Coke. Please keep the same menu! We love Goolrick's!"

- Sandra D.

Allen M - Goolrick's in the Rain

"Always love photographing Goolrick's. I took this image earlier this summer during a heavy rain storm."

- Allen M.

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Jimmy Morgan Headshot Goolrick's Soad Fountain

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"The painting of the civil war soldier on the door that is on the side of Goolrick's is actually my dad, Jimmy Morgan. He passed away about 2 and a half years ago. It was originally painted in the '80s. He did reenactments in Fredericksburg. I hope that when you open you will try to preserve the painting of my dad and the others that are along the side of the building. I have the original headshot painting that was given to him by the original artist. I have that image of him on your door tattooed on my forearm in memory of him. Thank you for letting me tell my story in hope of your help to preserve not only a personal history but a very small part of the history of Fredericksburg and Goolrick's as well. Thank you."

- Jason M.

"I was a pharmacist at Goolrick’s for 2 1/2 years before it closed. I really loved Ms. Leila’s grilled cheese with crispy bacon, chips and a pickle, of course. I’d add either a chocolate malt or a diet cherry coke. That was a great lunch at work!"

- Delya B.