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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.


Get the Down-Low on Down-Sizing!

Categories: Blog, Local Articles | Posted: January 31, 2017

We loved this article we just found on Huffington Post!

Entitled Here’s the Down-Low on Down-Sizing”, Melissa Reed writes about her emotional experience with selling the family home and moving to a more manageable home with her husband.

She very astutely describes the process that so many of our Cornerstone home owners have experienced – moving on from your long-time home, and deciding what to keep and what to toss from years of living in one space. For Reed, like many of us, the process was difficult as she, “joyfully held [her] 38-year old’s kindergarten ceramic project” only to days later, “throw her first baby tooth down the trash chute”.

In a different perspective, Reed’s husband “took no prisoners. He loathes clutter”. One thing is for certain, we all know someone, even if it’s ourselves, that shares either Reed’s or her husband’s opinion on downsizing.

At Cornerstone, we want to make sure that no matter your personality on downsizing during your move, we take the moving process and make sure that it is fun and personal! Our Concierge Program is set up to help make your move simpler and stress-free. Our team of experts can help you prepare your home for sale, right-size your life, and organize your move.

Here are some down-sizing tips:

  • Keep the memories, get rid of the stuff. Downsizing experts recommend concentrating on the memories as you sort and toss. Tell stories about prized items, take photos, enjoy the trip down memory lane. It’ll make it easier to part with things, and remind you why you loved them in the first place.
  • Be practical. If you’re retired, you don’t need a closet full of business attire. If you’re right-sizing, you don’t need four bedrooms worth of furniture. There’s a freedom that comes along with letting go.
  • Be realistic. Your kids probably don’t have an emotional attachment to your dining room suite. It’s really just “stuff”. Your children will be just fine if you toss their art projects and prom dresses. Offer it to them and if they don’t want it, in the trash it goes!
  • Look toward the future, not back at the past. You’re starting a new stage of your life. You don’t need to bring all of your past with you. Enjoy the anticipation of a new home, a new town, and new friends!

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.


Cornerstone Communities Featured in Local Publications

Categories: Local Articles, News & Events | Posted: December 16, 2016

We are getting noticed! Cornerstone Homes was one of the subjects in a recent article in Richmond Biz Sense. The article, about local builders and the busy 55-plus markets, talked about Cornerstone’s new Barley Woods community in Fredericksburg, and mentioned the Villas at Magnolia Lakes, Villas at Ashlake and Chickahominy Falls, too. Cornerstone’s president, Roger Glover, was quoted extensively, as he talked about the changes in the 55-plus market, as well as the challenges of developing housing for active adults in different regions.screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-4-36-01-pm

Chickahominy Falls was also named to Richmond Magazine’s “Top Places to Watch in 2017” list!

We’re so proud to be mentioned in these great publications!

When You Live In Wake Forest, There’s An Abundance of Things To Do!

Categories: Events for Wake Forest, Local Articles, News & Events, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: January 5, 2016

When you purchase a home in The Villas of Wake Forest, you truly get a whole new lifestyle! We take care of all the maintenance, so you can enjoy plenty of time relaxing or having fun in the community. 

Check out what’s happening in Wake Forest:


Rockin’ The Forest Music Series:  This Music Series is designed to offer local audiences top notch performances that in the past required travel to downtown Raleigh, Chapel Hill or Carrboro. Rockin’ the Forest will take place inside the intimate comfort of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre! Tickets for each concert are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited.

Shana Tucker In Concert:  Touted by Jazz Times Magazine as “a jazz talent…whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina,” Shana’s style and sound has been described as a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman! The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts welcomes singer-songwriter and cellist Shana Tucker on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of.

Art After Hours:  On the second Friday night of each month the streets of downtown Wake Forest come alive with food, merchants and music!

Free at 3: Designed for adults ages 50 and over, “Free at 3” features a variety of film favorites and genres, including art and family films, as well as comedies, dramas, thrillers and more – often with a seasonal or historical theme.

These events are only a snippet of what’s going on. Visit the Community Calendar to find more activities!





NEW Kroger Market Near The Villas At Magnolia Lakes!

Categories: Events, Local Articles, News & Events, Richmond, VA | Posted: November 17, 2015

A brand new Kroger Marketplace opened in Chesterfield last Wednesday morning! The Kroger Marketplace in Chesterfield features one of the largest organic food sections, and the biggest wine selection of any grocery store in metro Richmond. We’re just a short drive away!

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Outdoor Living is Hot at Cornerstone Homes!

Categories: Apex, NC, Blog, Home & Garden, Local Articles, Richmond, VA, Wake Forest, NC | Posted: June 1, 2015


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The days of a vast expanse of grass and a couple of lawn chairs are long gone.
Increasingly sophisticated homeowners want indoor spaces that flow to the outdoors, in effect creating outdoor “rooms” for living, entertaining and recreation.

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 3.48.41 PMAt Cornerstone Homes, our unique approach to active adult living includes a variety of outdoor living spaces. We offer courtyards, patios and sunrooms, so whether you’re enjoying a cocktail or a moment of serenity, your outdoor living spaces are private and peaceful.

Stylish yet low maintenance, outdoor living rooms give you a multi-purpose space with room to play, cook and dine. Functioning as extensions of indoor spaces, outdoor “rooms” are attractive yet useful.

outdoor livingAnd for those of you who don’t want to quite venture outdoors, a four-season sunroom will bring the outdoors in year-round. Perfect for quiet reading, a TV room, or craft room, the possibilities are endless. The space is yours to personalize whether you want to step outdoors or simply into a room that makes you feel like you are!


5 Tips for Outdoor Living

  1. Make your outdoor spaces into true living spaces with comfortable furniture, rugs, cushions, pillows, and built-in planters or benches.
  1. Turn a corner of your patio into a full-functioning outdoor kitchen, complete with outdoor grill, appliances, prep counter, cabinets and bar.
  1. Carry the colors/materials from inside the house into your outdoor rooms. Choose bolder versions of your color palette and textiles so they stand up to the vast expanse of nature.
  1. Nothing beats the soothing sounds of a fountain, pond or waterfall. Add water plants and fish and you’ve got the perfect retreat.
  1. Surround your space with pots or planting beds, so you can enjoy being close to the flowers, veggies, fruits and herbs.


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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:

Click here to read the original article

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

Active Lifestyle Community Hardhat Tour

Categories: Blog, Local Articles, News & Events, Richmond, VA | Posted: January 6, 2015

Get a sneak peek at homes in Richmond’s newest active lifestyle community!


Cornerstone Homes is hosting a hardhat tour of their newly constructed model homes. The Villas at Magnolia Lakes is an active lifestyle community, and this three-day event will give homebuyers the opportunity to tour three home designs, meet the construction team, and select their own lots. They’ll discover how their homes will be built, be given the opportunity to ask questions about the process, materials, and more. Refreshments will be served in the Magnolia Clubhouse, a gathering place where homeowners will enjoy events year round at the Villas at Magnolia Lakes.


Tours begin at The Magnolia Club community clubhouse,
5800 Magnolia Cove Circle, Chester, Virginia 23831


Friday, January 16th, 1-4 pm
Saturday, January 17th, 1-4pm
Sunday, January 18th, 1-4pm

Come See For Yourself!

We’re opening our doors – and walls – to potential buyers so they can experience for themselves the new home and lifestyle that awaits them here. The Villas at Magnolia Lakes by Cornerstone Homes, an exclusive builder of Active Adult communities, is excited for potential homebuyers to see the quality of construction behind the walls and get a feel for the community itself. In addition to having incredible luxury features not offered by other builders, these homes also include Universal Design features that are ideal for residents who desire to continue living at Magnolia Lakes as they get older. Cornerstone Homes gives our homeowners more freedom to do what they love, travel and stay active with well-constructed, maintenance-free homes in convenient locations. Living at the Villas at Magnolia Lakes means loving life at home and away. Friendly neighbors foster a sense of community and friendship, and the HOA gives owners comfort in knowing that their home will be well maintained as they vacation and travel throughout retirement years.