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An Outlander Evening

Categories: Blog, Community Events | Posted: December 11, 2017

On Thursday November 16, 2017, Estates of Chancellorsville Book Club members enjoyed an evening of Outlander taking neighborhood residents back in time to 18th Century Scotland. Natalie Hacking and Heather Kite led the discussion of novelist Diana Gabaldon’s historical time-travel novels and cable TV dramatic series at the American Heritage Homes model.

Cornish Pasties, a traditional treat in Cornwall for over 800 years, were prepared by Seija Cleverley from a recipe in The Outlander Cook Book. A toast was raised to Scotland with Drambuie, which was provided by American Heritage Homes.

Interestingly, the history of Drambuie parallels the Outlander historical novels’ storyline. In 1746 Scotland, Claire calls on her 19th century historical knowledge and she convinces Jamie that he will be killed and the Scots will be butchered in the bloody Battle of Culloden. Jamie and the Clan Fraser forge a friendship with Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Stuart of the United Kingdom) in effort to stop the Battle of Culloden from happening.

Realizing that he has been unsuccessful in preventing the battle, Jamie forces Claire to travel back through the stones to her 19th century life for her protection. Jamie’s subsequent survival at the Battle of Culloden, and Claire’s discovery of this, is integral to the ongoing plot of the Outlander series.

The Legend of Drambuie begins after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 when Prince Charles Edward Stuart fled to the isle of Skye. Here it is reported, that the prince found sanctuary with Captain John MacKinnon of Clan MacKinnon. According to Scottish legend, the prince rewarded Captain MacKinnon for his hospitality by presenting him his prized family drink recipe for Drambuie.

To this day, it is rumored that in Scotland (and around the world), on the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, there are many ceremonial toasts with Drambuie to “Scotland Forever.”

The book club was held at the American Heritage Homes sales model at 8700 Formation Drive in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Visit Audrey at the model home or email her at for more information on the Estates of Chancellorsville Book Club and many other community events.

Santa Claus Is Coming to American Heritage Homes

Categories: Community Events | Posted: December 7, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
1-3 pm
Estates of Chancellorsville Model Home
8700 Formation Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Santa Claus is Coming to American Heritage Homes! Stop by the Estates of Chancellorsville model home at 8700 Formation Drive Fredericksburg VA 22407 anytime from 1-3 pm on Sunday, December 10th to meet Santa Claus. Kids will meet Santa, parents can take photos, and everyone is welcome to enjoy cookies and treats sponsored by American Heritage Homes
Don’t forget your cameras to catch these precious holiday memories.

Estates of Chancellorsville Turkey Trot

Categories: Community Events | Posted: November 20, 2017

Start your Thanksgiving festivities by earning your turkey and working up a sweat in support of a local friend recently diagnosed with ocular melanoma.

Join us on a run, walk, ride, or jog of the scenic Estates of Chancellorsville 3.25 mile loop on Thanksgiving morning for our first ever community Turkey Trot hosted by American Heritage Homes and Battlefield Barre.

We will meet at the 9:30 am Thanksgiving morning at the American Heritage Homes Sales Center located at 8700 Formation Drive, Fredericksburg VA 22407.

Bring your friends and family — young and old to join this community event. Jogging strollers, bikes, skateboards, runners and walkers are all welcome. The Turkey Trot is open to everyone and it is free to participate. Donations will be accepted at the start of the run to support the local cancer patient, but are not required.

For more information, contact or visit the Battlefield Barre Turkey Trot event on their Facebook Page.

Earn that extra helping of stuffing, and join American Heritage Homes and Battlefield Barre for the Estates of Chancellorsville Turkey Trot!

Community Events – November Book Club

Categories: Community Events | Posted: November 9, 2017

What are you reading?

Did you know that Estates of Chancellorsville and Mineral Springs Plantation has a book club? Join us next week, as our book group hosts An Outlander Evening on Thursday, November 16th at 7pm at the American Heritage Homes® model home (8700 Formation Drive).

Neighbors are welcome to attend our discussion of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander book series, the adapted Outlander TV series (Season 3 now in progress), and Scotland’s locations where the series takes place. We will escape through the stones to go back in time and explore the lives of Claire, Jamie, and the redcoats and clansmen who make the series so…enchanting.

Come join us, even if you have not read the books. Bring a light refreshment to share and we promise an evening of enlightened conversation and laughs.


Blog Entry #1

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 6, 2017

Driving through our neighborhood, enjoying a beautiful autumn day, there’s a feeling of serenity and peacefulness that surrounds this beautiful community that we call home.

The perfect weather and changing leaves somehow inspire an outdoor lifestyle. Families are out walking their dogs, runners are enjoying the cooler temperatures, and children are in their yards playing or riding bikes down the street.  Seeing all of you outside, reminds us that just beyond that privacy of our big, wooded homesites, there’s a community of neighbors who make living at the Estates of Chancellorsville and Mineral Springs Plantations unique.

These unspoiled communities that you call home, are also where we call home. We have lived in Fredericksburg our whole lives. Our family-owned company has been building houses since 1947 (it’s okay if you don’t do the math, we’ve been doing this for a long time). Our homeowners tell us that they love the personal approach to custom homebuilding we offer them and we believe that this sets us apart from the other builders in the area. We take pride in preserving the history and natural environment of our communities, and we strive to customize each of our house plans to meet your specific needs. We love living here and we hope you do, too.

We want to invite you all to take some time this week and go outside, enjoy the neighborhood and maybe meet a few of your neighbors, you’ll probably find that you have quite a lot in common. The land that our community is built upon is rich in history. Take a walk and explore the battlefield trials or visit some of the historical markers right along your own street. How many times have you driven past the big sign at the corner of LaRoque Run and Formation Drive without ever stopping to read it? Life is busy, but if you can, take a minute to step out into your yard and check out the changing foliage or watch a spectacular fall sunset. The colors of nature this time of the year are nothing short of miraculous.

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