BY JOHN H. WALKER
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The Fountains at the Albemarle will celebrate its 30th anniversary at a private program scheduled from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the facility, located at 200 Trade St.
The facility had its beginnings in the 1970s when the Albemarle Presbytery began raising funds. Then, on Sept. 18, 1977 a vial of 543 mustard seeds, representing the membership of Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church, was utilized to symbolize a challenge — to build a community that would provide quality service and care to older adults of eastern North Carolina.
In 1983, as “The Albemarle” first opened its doors, community members marveled at the transformation of what had been an old warehouse area into a new, inviting living area.
But just as change had come to that old warehouse area, so, too, did it come to The Albemarle, which was sold to Aaron Enterprises, who, in 1994, sold it to The Fountains.
With solid, new financial backing and strong management, the facility soon filled to capacity and expanded its program offerings and services.
Today, that vial of 543 mustard seeds hangs on a plaque in the community prayer room.
At Sunday’s celebration, some of the original founders will join with residents and employees to look back on the first 30 years and ahead to the future.
At Sunday’s celebration, the formal program will begin with a welcome to be delivered by Diane Barlow while Peggy Rodgers Leggett will offer the invocation. Marty Thompson, Ed Robertson will recognize charter board members and recount the history.
The program will conclude with Leggett delivering the benediction.