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History

Aldersgate has a rich history of advocating for our aging community. Back in 1943, a group of organized Methodists (Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church) appointed a committee to find a home site for retired Methodist preachers and/or their widows. It was a compassionate heartfelt mission to provide comfort and care. Brothers Eugene M. Cole and Reverend Edwin O. Cole answered prayers through a gift of the 180-acre Hezekiah Alexander home farm. With increased need came a commitment to expand our mission. In addition, the Supplemental Assistance Fund was started to help struggling residents who had lived beyond their means. In 1999, our Board announced a name change from The Methodist Home. Aldersgate is derived from the street in London where Methodist Church founder John Wesley experienced the “confirmation of his salvation by the grace of God.” The community is on Charlotte’s east side at 3800 Shamrock Drive

Timeline

More than six decades ago, a community of visionary Methodists foresaw a need. Today, Aldersgate is a multi-faith community that continues to shape the future for a new era of active individuals enjoying longer lives. Take a walk through the milestones of Aldersgate.

March 23, 1943

Committee formed to search for an idyllic location for a elder community.

August 22, 1943

Eugene M. Cole donated the 180-acre Hezekiah Alexander farm to the Western North Carolina Conference of the Methodist Church.

May 25, 1947

Officially broke ground on what was then named The Methodist Home.

1953

Two wings and three apartment buildings were added.

1957

The first Azalea View Cottages were built along Forest Knoll Drive.

1963

The Wesley Nursing Center opened with 248 skilled nursing beds.

1969

The Supplementary Assistance Fund was started to help seniors who had outlived their money as of no fault of their own.

1975

The Mint Museum built a museum to showcase Charlotte’s rich history – a glimpse of the Colonial times to the present.

1980

Asbury Care Center skilled nursing opens with 100 beds.

1990

Epworth Tower, an eight-story building with 198 units invites new residents.

1993

Parker Terrace Assisted Living was opened and leased to Presbyterian Healthcare System.

1999

The Board announces a new name for the community: Aldersgate, A United Methodist Retirement Community.

2000

Aldersgate announces an expansion plan that included new apartments, cottages, a memory support assisted living facility and a community center.

2002

Cuthbertson Village Memory Support Assisted Living opens. Named for Board member Rennie Cuthbertson, the facility has three neighborhoods surrounding a central “Town Square.”

2006

The Wesley Glen community of executive cottage homes opens.

2008

Aldersgate celebrates our 60th anniversary.

2010

Aldersgate launches “Aldersgate at Home,” an in-home care service for independent residents.

2015

Aldersgate announces a major expansion that will add 62 apartments and villas, varied dining experiences, a state-of-the-art skilled nursing addition and a renovation/expansion of Cuthbertson Village memory support.