Community Cornerstone Cards

When you think of a place that puts the "home" in hometown, where would it be? Our soon-to-be-released Community Cornerstones Visa® Debit Cards capture images of the cornerstones on which was built the history, heritage, and culture of each of the communities we serve.

Take a tour of the towns that compose some of Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina’s most picturesque locations and become acquainted with these cultural anchors. Get to know the places pictured in Community Cornerstones by clicking on the image you want to explore. We hope you enjoy your journey!

 Blackstone, VA  •  Armory of the Virginia National Guard

Located in the heart of Blackstone, the 1936 Harris Memorial Armory is a contributing building in the Blackstone National Register of Historic Places District. Following its military service, the Art Deco-style building has been the site of larger community events to support Blackstone’s active civic life.

 Chase City, VA  •  MacCallum More Museum & Gardens

The site of weddings, parties, and community events since its 1929 establishment by Edward Wren Hudgins and his wife, Lucy Morton Hudgins, MacCallum More Museum & Gardens is one of Chase City’s "must see" venues. Overlooking the sculpture and botanical gardens is the imposing raised colonnade of the Spanish Cloister. MacCallum More Museum & Gardens was named in 2012 to the National Register of Historic Places.

 Clarksville, VA  •  Kerr Lake

Home to Buggs Island, Kerr Lake is the centerpiece of Clarksville community. Serving as home to LakeFest, the lake and its amenities offer a tranquil setting for a bustling economy attracting new business and industry. This photo by local photographer Justin Eubank beautifully captures the myriad elements of Clarksville’s lakeside community.

 Crewe, VA  •  Crewe Railroad Museum

The glory days of railroad transportation for passengers and goods spawned the Nottoway County town of Crewe. The Crewe Railroad Museum pays homage to the industry as visitors explore rail history, experience the impressive model railroad layout, and explore retired railcars like Engine 606 and the Powhatan Arrow passenger car on display.

 Farmville, VA  •  Farmville LOVEworks

Since 1968, "Virginia is for Lovers" has beckoned visitors to travel across the globe to visit the commonwealth. Communities like Farmville created LOVEworks inspired by local culture and heritage celebrating the spirit that built them. This LOVEworks sculpture celebrates Farmville’s railroad history and commemorates the skirmish at High Bridge, one of the last conflicts of the American Civil War.

 Farmville, VA  •  High Bridge Trail State Park

Tobacco, railroads, and music form the foundation on which grew the Heart of Virginia. Connecting it all is the 32-mile rails-to-trails conversion High Bridge Trail State Park linking Amelia, Cumberland, Nottoway, Prince Edward, and Appomattox Counties. Its centerpiece and namesake is High Bridge soaring 125 feet at its highest point and spanning a one-mile distance above the Appomattox River.

 Halifax, VA  •  Halifax County Courthouse

Occupying a prominent location in the Town of Halifax, this Dabney Cosby-designed building is constructed on a site used for court purposes since the American Revolution. Courthouse Square in Halifax houses attorneys’ offices, a tradition not frequently seen today. (This circa 1945 postcard is courtesy of CourthouseHistory.com.)

 Kenbridge, VA  •  1921 Kenbridge High School

Schools and churches are often cornerstones of community life. Such was the case with the Beaux Arts-style Kenbridge High School built in 1921. Despite its name, the building housed grades 1-12 from 1922 until 1966 when it transitioned to grades K-5 until its closure as a school in 1992. Since 2007, the building has served as home to offices for the Town of Kenbridge and Kenbridge Police Department, as well as the community center.

 Lawrenceville, VA  •  Old Brunswick County Courthouse

This 1854 Greek Revival temple-style building served as the center of Brunswick County government and justice until 1999. Today, county offices and the Brunswick County Historical Museum are located inside the distinguished structure anchoring the heart of the county founded in 1720.

 South Boston, VA  •  Berry Hill Mansion

Commanding 650 acres on the west side of South Boston, the 18th century brick plantation house was transformed by owner James Coles into a Greek Revival style modeled after the Parthenon. The National Historic Landmark has served as a center of hospitality since 1728. Its preserved slave cemetery is the final resting place for over 200 people. Today, Berry Hill Resort & Conference Center hosts weekend getaways, as well as events for up to several hundred people.

 South Hill, VA  •  The Colonial Center

The elegantly detailed proscenium of The Colonial Center has left theatergoers breathless since it opened its doors for vaudeville and live theatre performances in 1925. Its "Earl O. Horne Auditorium" is named for the former mayor whose tireless efforts spurred the restoration and rehabilitation of the three-story building in downtown South Hill. This photo by Robert Harris illustrates the theatre’s exquisite architectural detail and is part of a series depicting the restoration completed in 2011.

 Victoria, VA  •  Lunenburg County Courthouse

The third courthouse built to serve the "Mother of Counties," this 1827 building echoes the characteristics of Thomas Jefferson’s architectural style and bears the distinction of being one of only four Jeffersonian Courthouses in Virginia. Presently undergoing restoration and rehabilitation, great care is being taken to maintain the historical integrity of the buildings and grounds while preparing it to serve Lunenburg County’s future.

 Henderson, NC  •  Henderson Fire Department Clock Tower

The 1908 Italianate-style fire house with clock tower stands as one of Henderson’s most beloved icons. Built to house the fire department’s horsedrawn vehicles, it exhibits evidence of early twentieth century accommodation for the fire service’s equine members. Presently undergoing a rehabilitation project, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

 Wake Forest, NC  •  Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

This Frederick Law Olmstead-designed campus has been in service as a home for learning since its founding in 1834 as Wake Forest College. In 1956, the internationally-known Southern Seminary made its home here following Wake Forest College’s relocation to Winston-Salem. Pictured at sunrise, Binkley Chapel is the centerpiece of the 617-acre site at the heart of Wake Forest’s National Register Historic District.