Blog Category - Fredericksburg, VA

Getting to know your team… Site Construction Superintendent, Mike Matchette

Categories: Fredericksburg, VA | Posted: May 17, 2017

Cornerstone Homes is excited to introduce Mike Matchette, our Site Construction Superintendent at Barley Woods. Mike comes to us with over 30 years of experience in the home construction industry!


As our Site Construction Superintendent, Mike plays a vital role in the complete building process, including overseeing the daily construction activities for each home, maintaining building and safety standards, and working closely with our trade partners to maintain our high-quality building practices.


Mike will also be meeting and getting to know each and every Barley Woods homeowner at multiple scheduled construction meetings during the building process of your home.  He will make sure you are  familiar with and in love with every aspect of your new home!


“I’m excited to meet with our homeowners at the first pre-construction meeting,” Mike says. “I love to listen to their life experiences, and give them peace of mind, from start to finish, and beyond! This is an exciting phase of their lives and moving into a new home is exciting! ”


In his spare time, Mike enjoys trail riding on his ATV, metal detecting for artifacts, and visiting the many historical places in Fredericksburg and the rest of Virginia. 

5 Reasons History Buffs LOVE Living in Fredericksburg!

Categories: Fredericksburg, VA, Local Articles, News & Events | Posted: April 11, 2017

If there’s a history lover in your midst, they’ll be in heaven living in a Cornerstone home near Fredericksburg. This region of Virginia is overflowing with history, from the Native American tribes through the early American Colonists to the Civil War era.


  1. Colonial Times. Colonial-era history comes alive as you wander through Fredericksburg. From walking tours of historic Old Town, to the James Monroe Museum and Library, and Hugh Mercer’s Apothecary Shop, you’ll find an endless array of restored historical sites to transport you back in time, where you can party like it’s 1775.


  1. Civil War Sites. Button up your shell jacket and don’t forget your musket when you visit these sites! In Fredericksburg, you’re never too far from a Civil War battlefield or historical site. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County National Military Park encompasses four major battlefields of the Civil War – Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Courthouse. Other sites include the Trail to Freedom, Christ Episcopal Church, and the Confederate Cemetery.


  1. Historic Homes. If you find boxy, modern homes to be an eyesore, Fredericksburg has just the thing for you! To see one of the most beautiful historic homes in the country, you have to stop by Chatham. This home was built in the 18th century, served as a headquarters and hospital for the Union army during the Battle of Fredericksburg, and was a private residence until 1975! Most historic homes feature beautiful gardens, along with exhibits that tell the story of the time.  Visit George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm, where you can observe an active archeological lab! Or forget farmers and fossils, and visit the Historic Kenmore Plantation. George Washington’s sister and her husband built this beautiful, Georgian-style brick mansion.


  1. Native American History. Several Native American tribes occupied the area surrounding Fredericksburg. The Eagle Nest Trading Post in Spotsylvania offers a variety of services for those interested in Native American culture. Teaching and reaching across cultural boundaries is the main purpose of Eagles Nest Trading Post, including educational programs, community fairs and events, special presentations and handmade Native American arts, crafts, and clothing.


  1. The Grapes & Grain Trail. Enjoy Virginia’s “spirited” history! The trail wanders through many of the most beautiful and historic areas of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania, and includes 5 wineries, 5 breweries, and a distillery. Experience farmhouse ales in a historic farm brewery, sip hand-crafted bourbon at a family-owned distillery, and slip away to a Tuscan winery only 45 minutes from DC.


Meet Ms. Ruby Barley – the woman who gave us Barley Woods!

Categories: Blog, Fredericksburg, VA, Local Articles, News & Events | Posted: December 21, 2016

Our newest community, Barley Woods, was built on the heartwarming story of Mrs. Ruby Barley, the original owner of the land. She and her husband raised their children here, built two homes here, and made many wonderful memories on this land.  Her children played in the woods, inventing games and picking berries, while she listened lovingly from her home.

After her husband died, Ms. Barley began to think about what she might want to do with her lot. Raising a home full of children was a breeze, but eighteen acres of land would be a lot for one woman to care for! Although many developers and agencies approached her about the land, Mrs. Barley only trusted one – Roger Glover and Cornerstone Homes. Roger knew of the cherished memories Mrs. Barley had here. He would only buscreen-shot-2016-12-21-at-2-17-36-pmy if she was absolutely certain that she was ready to sell.

A recent article in The Free Lance-Star featured Ms. Barley and her 10-year journey with Cornerstone. Mrs. Barley’s stories played an essential role in the community’s unique plan. Cornerstone will maintain much of the site’s rural character, emphasizing orchards and nature trails alongside resort-style features, like the clubhouse and pool.

Mrs. Barley is happy that the land she has called home for decades, will now be a place for so many active adults to make their own memories.

If you’d like to learn more about Ms. Ruby Barley and her relationship with Cornerstone, you can check out this video from the ribbon cutting.


Barley Woods Celebrates Opening of Marketing/Sales Center

Categories: Fredericksburg, VA, News & Events, Press Releases | Posted: October 24, 2016

Barley Woods, The Villas of Fredericksburg

 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Opening


On September 15th, Barley Woods, a Boutique 55+ Active Adult Community,  celebrated the opening of its Sales Office located at 5223 Plank Road in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Barley Woods, a small, intimate community of 124 maintenance-free villa homes will feature 7 single story home designs, a luxurious clubhouse with pool, fitness center, outdoor recreation areas  and pocket gardens;  Boxwell Glade, a preserved natural area with a creek side walking trail, exercise trail, dog park, and orchard and more.

Those in attendance included Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Director member Janel Donohue, Fredericksburg business owners, engineers and architects associated with the project, and Cornerstone Homes team members. Also in attendance was Ms. Ruby Barley, previous owner of a large portion of the property upon which Barley Woods will be built.  Roger Glover, Owner of Cornerstone Homes, and Ms. Ruby gave a brief background of their first meeting nearly 10 years ago about his vision for the property.   Ms. Ruby spoke of raising her 4 children on the 32 acres upon which Barley Woods is now growing up.   She called it their “home place” their place of beauty, comfort, and tranquility.   Ms. Ruby stated, “We all hope that, even though the face of the land has changed,  the people who choose to live here will know the same peace that we loved.”  Roger Glover stated, “we are building on the Barley Woods legacy, creating a community where quiet places and actives places are woven together.  A relaxing and peaceful place to come home to.”

Barley Woods Sales Office will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 – 6 and Sunday from 1 – 6. Wanda Cook, Sales Counselor, can be reached at 540-699-3009.

Cornerstone Homes is an exclusive builder of active adult communities and for more than 15 years has focused solely on the active adult homebuyer. Because of this experience, the company is structured to anticipate and uniquely serve the needs of this ever growing boomer buyer market segment.  Cornerstone Homes and its sister building companies have successfully developed fifteen (15) active adult communities in Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Louisiana.  This commitment has led Cornerstone Homes to successfully build more than 1400 new active adult homes.


Fredericksburg & Richmond named must-visit cities!

Categories: Blog, Events for Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, VA, Richmond, VA | Posted: October 26, 2015

Fredericksburg & Richmond were both listed as one of the “Nine Virginia Cities You Need To Visit This Fall” by!

There is an abundance of things to do, see and eat in Fredericksburg and Richmond, and with a maintenance-free Cornerstone Home in these areas, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the fun.


The 40-block historic district of Fredericksburg comes alive under the canopy of beautiful orange and gold foliage. It’s the perfect time to take a casual stroll, window shop, and explore an old canal towpath.

The Belmont Ferry Farm Trail is bustling with wildlife, just across the Rappahannock River from the historic district. Enjoy a two-mile scenic hike through Souther Strafford County.



If you enjoy spirits this time of year, the Grapes & Grains Trail leads to four wineries, three breweries, and a distillery! Make sure to designate a driver and enjoy these haunts responsibly.

Speaking of haunts, “America’s Most Historic City” is also considered to be one of its most haunted cities. Ride along on an Olde Towne Carriage Ghost Tour for a fair share of folklore, or take a 90-minute candlelight walking tour with Ghosts of Fredericksburg, which combines the area’s Civil War history with mysterious tales of the lurking dead.

If your family is visiting and your grand kids are tagging along, take them to the Belvedere Plantation Harvest Festival or the Breahead Farm Fall Harvest Festival. They are both great weekend options  to go pumpkin picking, mingle with animals, meander through corn mazes, enjoy hay rides, and much more.


Food festivals are still happening and there’s plenty of seasonal craft beer flowing from Richmond’s dozen-or-more breweries. A real treat is Fire, Flour & Fork, a four-and-a-half day event that highlights the best that the Richmond area has to offer. It’s happening October 28 through November 1.

Fire, Flour & Fork


Read the full article about the nine must-visit Virginia cities on!

Find out more about our Richmond and Fredericksburg communities here.

Fall Foliage Drives through Virginia

Categories: Fredericksburg, VA, Richmond, VA, Roanoke, VA | Posted: October 23, 2015

Virginia is home to plenty of fun activities for tourists and day-trippers but living here allows for even more time to experience the natural beauty oScreen Shot 2015-10-23 at 4.23.32 PMf our great state. Every autumn, the fall foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia especially make our make the region of the country one of the most beautiful places to be. And the next few weeks will be prime time to experience the majestic beauty of Virginia’s fall foliage. According to the Foliage Network.

Spend some time taking a drive through the mountains, and find the route that’s perfect for you – we’ve found a list of scenic fall drives close to home!

Fredericksburg Recently Named Among “Best Places to Live”

Categories: Fredericksburg, VA | Posted: September 21, 2015

aQDOuBwbUdoNHHlQNSAZcHfw2FF-SPj4EX_cMjsML9IPeople are catching on! For the first time, on the 2016 list of U.S. cities by Livability, Fredericksburg was ranked 92. Read the full article: here.

Learn more about our very own Villas at Barley Woods coming soon to in Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg-area Housing Sales On the Rise!

Categories: Blog, Fredericksburg, VA, Housing Industry News, News & Events | Posted: August 13, 2015

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Fredericksburg just keeps growing! We’re so excited to be able to introduce our Fredericksburg community soon, The Villas at Barley Woods.

According to, the total dollar volume of housing sold in the Fredericksburg market increased 11 percent compared to July 2014!

A total of $151.2 million was sold in July 2015 in the Fredericksburg region, according to MRIS data compiled by the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors. That’s up from the same month a year ago, when $135.5 million was sold.

There were 532 closed sales in July, up from 489 units for the same month last year—an 8.8 percent increase!

Contact us today to learn more about our communities in and around the Fredericksburg area. To read the full article, visit

Fredericksburg Ranked in Top Suburbs in Virginia

Categories: Fredericksburg, VA, Local Articles, Uncategorized | Posted: May 27, 2015

Niche, a website that reviews communities and schools, has named Fredericksburg and its surrounding area one of the top suburbs in the state.

Fredericksburg ranked seventh. The city got a top grade for things to do and ability to commute for work. The lowest rating the city received was for crime in the area.

The Niche ranking of U.S. suburbs is based on livability using grades for weather, safety, schools and access to activities, jobs, housing and transportation.

Niche provides reviews and insight from experts to help people choose neighborhoods, colleges or K-12 schools, and was founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students.

Find the full ranking here:

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Fredericksburg is THE Place to be!

Categories: Blog, Fredericksburg, VA, Local Articles | Posted: January 16, 2015

Fredericksburg’s Main Street program reflects on first year’s progress

Officials from the Fredericksburg Main Street Initiative met Thursday with downtown business leaders to share what was successful during its first year of promoting local businesses—and what wasn’t.

Main Street hired director Ann Glave in February and among her first public initiatives included stores staying open late on Fridays leading up to the holiday season, promoting Small Business Saturday, urging the use of social media and a downtown gift card program.

Small Business Saturday was the group’s biggest hit of 2014, Glave said.

The event, designed to attract shoppers downtown and help independent businesses compete with major chain stores’ Black Friday deals, was celebrated with early store openings, red carpets outside of storefronts and coffee for early shoppers.
Glave said shoppers reported going into some stores for the first time and stores reported 30 to 300 percent increases in sales compared to the same day the previous year.



Fred Wellman, who owns Ladyburg in downtown Fredericksburg with wife Crystal Wellman, said his store doubled its sales that day.

“It was huge for us,” he said. “It shows what we can do if we all pull together There’s real untapped potential to create a commerce center.”

Rich Newpher of Commonwealth Lighting also shared that his business saw increased sales on Small Business Saturday.

“It’s a big thing for Fredericksburg,” he said. “We’ve been here for a long time and are focusing on our showroom more.”

The business also won Main Street’s “Window Wonderland” contest for the best store window. Commonwealth Lighting chose to donate its winnings back into the Main Street fund.

Glave found the stores that did the best in Small Business Saturday were not typically discount-driven. Those who offered small discounts that were atypical for their businesses, as well as those that opened earlier, fared best.

Dog Krazy, she said, did as much business as it would on a typical Saturday in its first two hours that day.

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The downtown gift card promotion also did well in 2014.

During the 3 weeks the cards were sold at a 20 percent discount, which was made possible by an Economic Development Authority grant, Main Street sold $50,000 worth of gift cards. After that, another $25,000 was sold.

And $4,000 of those sales were online, which Glave said she wants to see more of next year.

The average sale was between $15 and $75. The largest week for sales totaled $9,000 in gift cards.

The Fredericksburg Main Street initiative is a non-profit organization affiliated with state and national programs. Its sole purpose is to preserve, enhance and promote Fredericksburg’s traditional commercial downtown.

A meeting in February will be held by the Main Street board to further improve the program.

Main Street also offered “Open Late Fridays,” during which retailers agreed to open late on Fridays leading up to Christmas.
About 65 businesses participated, flying yellow “Open Late” flags outside of their shops.

November turned out to be busier than December for that promotion, which Glave said is because of three rainy, cold Fridays in December that kept people indoors.

She said businesses found that the hours of 5 p.m. through 7 p.m. were slow, but business picked up toward 8 p.m.

Shops that turned the most profit from the promotion offered extras for patrons such as coffee or an event, she said.

During “Open Late Fridays” local museums were opened free of charge, as well.

She said the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop had the best attendance, with 126 visitors. Others struggled to get visitors in late.

The “Eflie Selfie” promotion was also not as well received, she said.

There were 75 submission for the contest, during which people took “selfies” outside of participating stores and uploaded them onto the Fredericksburg Main Street Facebook page for a chance at prizes.

Of the 50 stores that participated, 31 were mentioned through these posts.

Glave said if it’s offered again next years, she thinks the initiative should be less complicated.

She also hopes to offer social media classes to local businesses to get them engaged with customers through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

While the majority of stores saw up to a 30 percent increase in sales during the most recent holiday season, she said that wasn’t the case for all businesses downtown.

Some art galleries, antique stores and clothiers saw a decrease in sales this year.

Scarlett Pons, board president of Fredericksburg Main Street, updated attendees on what the group will be doing in the next year.
Pons said Main Street will hold its first board retreat to enhance its initiatives, empower its committees to start their own projects, attend the National Main Street conference and hire a branding firm.

In Fredericksburg, promotions committee chairman and owner of Skin + Touch Therapy, Brian Lam is launching a #lovefxbg event.
People can use the hashtag on social media to share what they love about downtown leading up to Valentine’s Day, and businesses can use the hashtag to promote specials for the holiday.

Main Street is also launching a business book club in 2015.

Original article via the Free Lance-Star