Willow Valley Communities owes much to the legacy of John and Florence Thomas. In the 1940’s, while selling poultry and eggs in Lancaster County Farmer’s Markets, this hospitable Mennonite couple earned a reputation for crafting delicious meals and baked goods. Then, in 1965, the Thomas family opened a 30-unit motel and 100-seat family restaurant, the Willow Valley Inn and Suites. This was the start of the Willow Valley Corporation and as it expanded into the new idea of creating senior housing in Lancaster, PA, the spirit of hospitality and the nature of service continued as exemplified by the Thomas family.
Soon, Willow Valley Communities joined several other PA retirement communities with its first Lifecare community, Willow Valley Manor, in the spring of 1984. With the Manor apartments, we set a new standard for senior living.
From the energy and friendliness of the people who live and work here, to the natural beauty of the landscaping and the architectural elegance of the buildings, Willow Valley quickly became a way of living, not just a way of life.
Over the years of hard work and dedication to delivering only the finest amenities, services and residences, many new communities were added, and Willow Valley continues to thrive and grow. These diverse and captivating neighborhoods were filled with opportunities and activities that encouraged the pursuit of a rich, vibrant lifestyle. Word spread, locally and nationwide, that Willow Valley was offering something very unique. The community and relationships between residents and team members create a dynamic sense of family here and thereby continue the legacy lovingly bequeathed by the Thomas family.