A half century of service to seniors

From its foundation in 1972, John Knox Village attracted active and engaged retirees, and neighborliness was foundational to the culture.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

The Aldersgate Foundation, a Methodist-affiliated organization whose mission was to build retirement housing in a similar way as church groups traditionally built churches, parsonages and schools using tithes, donations and endowments, founded Aldersgate Village in 1972.

Early amenities were minimal. There were no paved roads or streetlights; residents did their own lawn and garden maintenance and most of their own cooking – one meal a day was served at noon. But the spirit of the community was remarkably similar to today. Fast friendships were formed, and celebrations were frequent.

Since those early days, John Knox Village has expanded and improved, but the foundational culture of friendship and neighborliness continues to thrive.


Aldersgate sign in 1975.

Aldersgate Village was founded by the Methodist-affiliated Aldersgate Foundation.


Orlando Sentinel newspaper article from 1972.

The community became John Knox Village in 1978 and was reorganized as a nonprofit continuing care retirement community.


The Centre in 1980.

A cafeteria-style dining venue was established in the commons building that was renamed The Centre.


Interior of room with an emergency system on the wall above a couch and side table.

1984 saw an expansion of the Medical Center and the installation of an emergency call system throughout the community.


1992 newsletter article of the original Foundation board members.

The JKV Foundation was established to assist residents in financial need.


The Barker Center in 1998

Opening of the Activities Center


Rendering of the new Majestic Oaks Concept.

Majestic Oaks Continuing Care Complex opened in 2003, providing memory care and skilled nursing care.


Group of people gathered for the Valencia ribbon cutting ceremony.

Valencia Landing added 68 villas and a new clubhouse.

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If you’d like to schedule a personal tour or to learn more about life at John Knox Village, our senior living experts are available to answer your questions and provide expert advice. Fill out our contact form or call us at (800) 344-4504.

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