Legacies Project

Legacies Project- Reverend Rowland

“This gnawing on my soul would come and go for years.” Reverend Rowland, well-known retired minister and resident at Commonwealth Senior Living at Stratford House shares what it felt like to be working in science and compelled to the religious life. Listen to a bit of his interview below: Reverend Rowland had experienced what so […]

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Legacies Project- Loreighn Stewart

“I want to be remembered as a happy person,” said Ms. Stewart as she giggled into the microphone. And really, what a wonderful and simple wish that is! It’s hard not to smile while listening to Ms. Stewart talk about teaching Sunday school. Her happiness is contagious. Over the last few months, we’ve worked closely […]

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Legacies Project- Johanna Van Dyke

This summer, we’ve partnered with University of Virginia’s radio station, WTJU in celebrating their bicentennial. The university stands as a reminder of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy, and made us think about our residents and their legacies, the stories they will leave behind. When we sat down to talk with our residents about what stories they want […]

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Legacies Project- Ronald Craft

“You give a little. You take a little.” Anyone who has been in a relationship for any great length of time might tell you that relationships aren’t easy. Building a life with another person can have it’s challenges, and the national statistics on divorce rates do not paint a different picture. Maybe that’s why we […]

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Legacies Project- Eva Coates Hagood

When we first sat down with the team at University of Virginia’s radio station, WTJU, to talk about this idea of the Legacies Project, we knew we wanted to record stories. The idea blossomed from UVA’s bicentennial, the legacy which Thomas Jefferson left behind. It would be interesting to ask our residents, the elders of […]

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Legacies Project- Johnny Colville

This summer, we’ve partnered with University of Virginia’s radio station, WTJU in celebrating their bicentennial. The university stands as a reminder of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy, and made us think about our residents and their legacies, the stories they will leave behind. Growing tobacco has been part of the story of Virginia since colonists settled here […]

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Legacies Project- Mervin Franklin

You can just picture the smile on Mervin’s face as he describes the day he met his wife, Shirley. He was 85 and wasn’t looking for love. He had spent a good part of his life in the Marines, had lots of adventures, but he thought all of that was over. It wasn’t until he […]

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Legacies Project- Don Gilbert

This summer, we’ve partnered with University of Virginia’s radio station, WTJU in celebrating their bicentennial. The university stands as a reminder of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy, and made us think about our residents and their legacies, the stories they will leave behind. At 88, Mr. Don Gilbert is our resident gardener at Commonwealth Senior Living at […]

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Legacies Project- Bessie Hudnall

Mrs. Bessie Hudnall is one of our beloved residents at Commonwealth Senior Living at Kilmarnock. Like so many of our residents, Bessie grew up on a farm here in Virginia. She shares a story from when she was a girl on the farm here: At 98 years old, Mrs. Hudnall has had quite a journey […]

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Legacies Project- Burt Barnes

This summer, we’ve partnered with University of Virginia’s radio station, WTJU in celebrating their bicentennial. The university stands as a reminder of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy, and made us think about our residents and their legacies, the stories they will leave behind. Many of our residents’ legacies will include serving their country. These residents’ pictures hang […]

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