Senior Independent Living Community

Branchlands is a special place where neighbors share the news of the day over coffee—where individuality is respected, and independence encouraged. When visitors come away from Branchlands, they comment on the community’s intimacy, warmth and congeniality.

Branchlands is an ideal home for people age 55 and over who want to enjoy the amenities of fresh cooked meals, housekeeping, laundry and transportation service. The refurbished Manor House, built circa 1860, is at the heart of Branchlands. An elegant dining room, library, large screen TV theater, and well-equipped exercise room compliment 69 bright, spacious one and two bedroom apartments, many with balcony or patio.

Situated on 26 landscaped acres in the center of Charlottesville, Virginia, Branchlands offers residents buccolic walking paths, a lake, flower gardens, and a fishing pond.

Home to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville has the cultural, medical, shopping, entertainment and dining advantages of a major city while being in the center of Virginia’s historic and beautiful Piedmont region.

Branchlands building exterior

Branchlands exemplifies those qualities that led USA Today to rate Charlottesville the #1 Place to Live in America!

Fresh From

Ronald, better known as Ron, was born in 1931 in Coney Island, New York. He graduated at the age of sixteen from the Mepham, Long Island High School in 1948 and went right to work. His
first job was making knitted socks for amputees. He later became a fabric cutter in New York City. One evening the Long Island Train he took to work crashed head on into another train. Ron survived, but 33 other passengers weren't so lucky. Ron went on to join the Navy and travel across the country.

In 1957 Ron married Loretta, who was incidentally also a train crash survivor. Ron and Loretta settled in Sayville, New York where they lived for thirty years, and raised their family. They had three children and Ron now has two grandchildren.

Eventually, they moved to North Carolina, where Ron worked at a golf course, and finally to Charlottesville, where Loretta became ill and passed in 2014. Ron began volunteering at the Senior Center in Charlottesville, but later gave into his children's request to move to Branchlands. He loves his first floor apartment and has made many friends with his great sense of humor.

Adapted from Resident Spotlight by Betty Kollar
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The painter awoke one day
To find no paint in his box
But filled with white dust
“AHA” said he “Instead of coloring the sky
I’ll shake this over earthly Rust.”

So over the roofs & covering the ground
I shook the white dust
& there was not even a sound!

The early birds tried to feed
They searched the porch & grounds
But there was not one seed
Where their little feet
Made prints in the white dust
Scattered over small mounds.

-Painter In The Sky Speaks Again
by Jean Baker
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