Dreamchasers! That is what we are. My name is Joy and my husband Jeremy and son Asher and I are the proud founders of Cornerstone Acres. You might be surprised to find that Jeremy and I are retired Colorado State Troopers! We have dedicated our lives to the service and safety of others. We were as play it safe as you can get until while on vacation visiting family in July of 2022, we took a drive down a winding road named Rudd Lane and turned into the driveway of the historic Litsey House. At which point, Jeremy (who always plays it safe) looks at me at says “let’s put an offer on this place!” I suggested we should at least look at it first, but I already knew we were in trouble. Walking into the front doors and seeing the breathtaking curved staircase sealed our fate. Incredibly we had the chance to meet the owners and caretakers of the estate, the Mills. The craftmanship, dedication and love they had for preserving and improving this home was evident in every square inch. We knew we were facing a once in a lifetime chance to chase our dream of owning a historical home and opening an event venue. To the shock of our family and friends, we returned to Colorado, listed our home, concluded our careers in law enforcement and moved across country to chase our dreams. We are so excited to serve others in this capacity and to have the astounding opportunity to witness milestones and beautiful moments on a daily basis ~ to be a cornerstone for each milestone.

Why are we called Cornerstone Acres? The Mills family placed beautiful foundational stones and cornerstones around the property to capture the many views of the gorgeous Kentucky landscape. The cornerstones are from historic properties to include the first Jim Beam barn! Their history and the concept of cornerstones being so crucial to building solid foundations inspired us to name our business Cornerstone Acres. We dream of being the cornerstone for your milestones. The historic Litsey Estate located outside of Lincoln Homestead State Park was built in 1794. The estate is designated a historic landmark by the Kentucky Heritage Council. The gorgeous fireplace and mantel in the bridal suite are original to 1794! Another incredible story about this estate is its tie to the Lincoln family. Mary Litsey, who resided in this home with her husband Randal was close friends with Nancy Hanks (mother of Abraham Lincoln). Mary helped sew Nancy’s wedding dress in our home! Both Mary and Randal attended the wedding of Nancy Hanks and Thomas Lincoln down the road from our property on June 12, 1806. Portions of the inside of the house and all of the surrounding property is available for photography sessions. This includes our stunning original curved staircase and 2nd floor balcony. The Bluebird bridal suite and bath offers a beautiful and peaceful retreat for the bride and her bridesmaids to dress and prepare for the big day!

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