MOVE In June 1989, Mrs. Margaret Mertz was the first Resident to move into an Edenton independent living unit. She was followed by Dr. Edward and Mary Steers, Ruth Welty, Janet Dyas and so many other wonderful people over the past 34 years.
The area surrounding Edenton and Ballenger Creek Pike was not built up like we see it today. Early pictures show a few townhouses across the street in Farmbrook, with Cedar Crossing and Crestwood Village nearby on Crestwood Blvd. Farm fields filled the other areas and traffic managed very well on the single lanes of Ballenger Creek Pike. In June of 1989 the 400 and 500 block units were competed, with the 600 and the 700 units finished in the early Fall of 1989. The Manor House was under construction but did not open until January 1990. A few cottages served as the temporary office and activity space until the Manor House was completed with various amenities.
It is hard to believe that the kitchen and dining room were in the Manor House where the Community Room, beauty shop and resident services office exists today. Resident life at Edenton included activities, entertainment, van outings, transportation, exercise, and beauty shop services to name a few.
So how did we get to where we are today with five more buildings that include assisted living, memory care and the restaurant building? In 1996 Garden House was renovated from the 12 apartments that made up the 700 block to provide group senior assisted housing (today we know this care as assisted living). Assisted living was a new concept in the mid 1990’s and a few corporations were starting to build private and semi-private units that residents could receive personal care assistance all day and night.
As assisted living inquires soon outpaced the number of locations open, it became apparent that the future of more assisted living was needed. In 1998, Edenton’s board of directors decided to move forward with the first phase of a project where the new restaurant, kitchen, Fiddlers Green, and Blossom Place would be built. These buildings opened in July of 2000 and Orchard Terrace completed the campus in 2012.
Edenton’s Home Care Services has been an important addition to our campus and the Frederick community. Not only do Edenton residents gain benefits from the personal companions but we are able to provide these personal services to individuals who live at home in Frederick County.
Edenton has always built our services and care on personalization. A high staff to resident ratio, attention to personal needs and lots of activities are very important for all our independent living, assisted living and memory care Residents.
In looking back through the 25th anniversary memory album there are many wonderful pictures of Residents and Staff members over the years. Our everyday recreation and social events give Residents many options for education, body and soul enrichment, and healthy engagement.
Education sessions, music, exercise, yoga, movies, in house worship services and excursions… and so much more are offered every month.
Edenton’s services and care can be seen in the friendly smiles and greetings from favorite staff members. We have a great team! Team members who have worked here for 5 years to 30 plus years. It is due to the close personal relationships among staff, Residents and family members that contribute to Edenton being a great place to live and work. Happy 34th Edenton Anniversary!