Patriots Colony was founded by a group of retired military officers, led by Major General Archie Cannon, who saw the need for a community dedicated to those who shared the common bond of service to country. In 1994, the founders approached Riverside Health System, known for its medical expertise and being a leader in senior services, with their plans. With Riverside's medical and financial backing, Patriots Colony opened in 1996.
Today, Patriots Colony is a Continuing Care Retirement Community offering all levels of care on one expansive campus.
Last year, Patriots Colony completed a $5 million renovation to the main gathering hub, the Cannon Community Center, which included expanding the fitness center, adding Archie's Tavern and updating the dining room. The five-story residential building, Patriots Tower, was also enhanced with new décor, chair rails, paint and furnishings.
Patriots Colony is sponsored by Riverside Health System, the leading provider of services to older adults in the Commonwealth of Virginia. With nearly a century of service in Eastern Virginia, Riverside provides residents with access to many supportive services and locations. The organization has a vision for Older Adults – to empower them to say: "As I age, I will control my destiny in a place of my choosing."
Patriots Colony is a not-for-profit, Continuing Care Retirement Community licensed by the Virginia Bureau of Insurance. Our Health Care Services – including The Berkeley Assisted Living, Springhouse Memory Support and The Convalescent/Rehabilitation Center – are open to the public, whereas Independent Living is restricted to the following:
- Retired and former (honorably discharged) officers of the seven uniformed services
- Retired civilian employees of the federal government (with grade GS-7 & above)
- Their spouses or widow(er)s