History of Goodwin House

Our History

GHI opens its first community in Alexandria, Va., in 1976, bringing continuing care retirement to Northern Virginia

The vision for Goodwin House Incorporated (GHI) began when the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia acquired its first retirement home for older adults in Richmond in the 1950s.

Inspired by this Richmond retirement home, Allen Adams – a layman from Arlington, Va., serving on the home’s management committee – sought to create a similar community for older adults in Northern Virginia. His friend, Benjamin M. Smith – a Methodist layman and real estate entrepreneur – donated a generous piece of land in West Alexandria in 1963 to build the first Goodwin House.

When our first community opened in 1967, it was one of the first purpose-built continuing care communities in the country and the first in Northern Virginia. Our journey of reimagining aging for older adults was underway.

Enjoy this brief video of our founding and history right up to today!