• 100 Years of Care & Compassion

    Sunnyside Communities, chartered in 1912 in Danville, Virginia and organized under the auspices of the Synod of Virginia, the “Home” received initial funding from churches in the Synod.

  • 1909 – Reverend C. W. Maxwell proposed to the Synod of Virginia that a home for aging Presbyterian women be established
  • 1912 – Charter granted in Danville to Sunnyside Home

    In January, 1912, a charter was obtained incorporating the Sunnyside Home, with C. W. Maxwell as President, J. W. Cook, Vice-President, and C.H. Friend, Secretary and Treasurer. Six others were elected to form the first board of directors.
  • Sunnyside

    Discover Sunnyside: An enriching and nurturing environment that continues to grow with its history. Since its charter in 1912, Sunnyside has become one of the premier continuing care retirement communities in Virginia.

  • 1921 – Sunnyside Home opened
  • 1929 – Alice Burton passed and bequeathed to Sunnyside her victorian residence 
  • 1932 – Danville ladies on the porch of the Alice Burton Hall
  • 1954 – Construction began in Harrisonburg
  • 1955 – Sunnyside Presbyterian Home in Harrisonburg opened 
  • 1957 – Reverend Harold H. Leach became the first male resident of Sunnyside
  • 1959–Sunnyside added floors to the north and south wings to accommodate 24 rooms
  • 1963 – Bettie Bickle Home residents moved to Sunnyside Presbyterian Home
  • 1965 – 55-acre setting planned for 40 cottages to be clustered in four “neighborhoods” (1966 groundbreaking below)
  • 1967 – First cottage built (Beulah Echols in one of the first cottages)
  • 1971 – Resident dances with Sunnyside medical director on her 100th birthday
  • 1972 – Margaret Curd sewing on her 102nd birthday
  • 1972 and 1976 – Phases I of the Pannill Health Center
  • 1976 – Mr. Sam Shrum encouraged the board by writing the words “It can be done.”
  • 1987 – Sunnyside celebrated its 75th Anniversary. Name changed to Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community
  • 1988 – The Highlands opened on the Sunnyside campus The Highlands dedication occurred.
  • King’s Grant

    Located on 112 picturesque acres in Martinsville, Virginia, King’s Grant offers an active community life with privacy when you want it.

  • 1993 – King’s Grant – the second Sunnyside community – opened in Martinsville
  • 1997 – George S. Aldhizer II Wellness & Therapy Center dedicated at King’s Grant
  • Summit Square

    Located in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Summit Square is a distinctive continuing care retirement community. Nestled among the tree-lined streets of Waynesboro, just a short drive from the entrance to the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • 1998 – Summit Square opened as Sunnyside’s third community in Waynesboro
  • 2001 – University Plaza purchased and corporate offices moved to this location
  • 2002 – The Villas opened at Sunnyside
  • 2003 – A Time to Build campaign launched
  • 2004 – Meredith Chapel opened
  • 2006 – Groundbreaking occurred for The Glen at Sunnyside (Dick Lyons, President and CEO)
  • 2007 – The Glen completed in November
  • 2007 – New dining venue (Tartan Grill) opened at The Highlands
  • 2008 – The Glen opened and was dedicated at Sunnyside
  • 2008 – Summit Square celebrated its 10th Anniversary
  • 2010 – Multi-Sensory Starlight Room created at Sunnyside
  • 2011 – Care Cove program established