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

Barbara was born in 1935 in Durham, North Carolina. Her father worked for the American Tobacco Company, but to this day Barbara has never smoked. After high school, she worked part time as a secretary at Duke so that she could afford to take classes there.

While at Duke, she joined the Delta Gamma Sorority. She met her future husband, Bernard Morin, at the wedding of one of her Delta Gamma sisters.

Barbara graduated from Duke University in 1957 with a Degree in Elementary Education. She and Bernie married in August of the same year and they eventually settled in Peabody, Massachusetts, with three small children.

In 1965, they found their home in Charlottesville when Bernie was recruited by the University of Virginia. Barbara worked as a Docent at Monticello. She also became a Brownie leader for a large troop of Brownies. Barbara became active in the University Women’s Club, the Rivanna Garden Club, the Junior League, and The Holy Comforter Church, where she started a mentoring program to help people become self-sufficient. She also received a Master’s Degree at UVA in Mental Health Counseling when she was 60 years old.

Barbara and Bernie were with the University for 35 years during which time Bernie developed Parkinson’s disease from which he recently died. Barbara wrote and published a book, "A Cavalier Cat," in memory of the family and their beloved cat, Pretzel.

Barbara moved to Branchlands to be near her husband while he was at Rosewood Village. She enjoys her friends here and has started a Rosary Group where people can pray for family, friends, and more.

Adapted from "Resident Spotlight" by Betty Kollar.
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