Incorporated in 1907 as the Laconia Home for the Aged, Taylor Community was established by those in the community who were concerned about older people in the area without family who were in need of support. Shortly after the organization was formed, it received the gift of a house on Court Street, which became the Home’s first residence. A matron was hired and the organization’s work began.
The Home attracted the interest of Edward Taylor of Boston, who became its first major benefactor. Mr. Taylor was so impressed with the good work being done and the need for larger quarters, that he purchased land on Union Avenue and paid to build a new residence. The present Taylor Home building was dedicated to Mr. Taylor’s parents, Stephen and Almira Taylor, Aug. 2, 1910.
Many changes have taken place over the years.
In the early 1980s, construction began on The Ledges, an independent cottage neighborhood on the land behind Taylor Home. The Ledges was expanded in the following 20 years, adding 123 cottages through tree-lined streets and small neighborhoods on the property.
The Ledgeview Building, completed in 1994, added the number of assisted living and nursing residences on campus as well. With Taylor Home, Ledgeview and the Ledges Cottages, the community could accommodate all phases of senior housing. In 2014, the ground floor of Ledgeview was redesigned as Opechee Harbor, Taylor Community’s Memory Care Neighborhood.
Woodside, a three-story apartment complex, was completed in 2007 and includes 57 independent living apartments, a bistro, dining room, fitness center, warm water therapy pool, library, craft rooms, movie theater and meeting rooms. An outside fire pit was added in 2017.
Taylor opened Back Bay, a small neighborhood of 24 independent living cottages in Wolfeboro, in 2000.
In 2019, the Volpe Way neighborhood added six stand-alone custom homes with oversized two-car garages. This addition brings the total number of Ledges cottages to 129.
Completed in spring, 2020, The Pavilion at Woodside provides a beautiful outdoor recreational area with a covered pavilion, built-in barbecue grills, a bocce ball court, putting green, shuffle board, walking trail and more than 35 raised garden beds.
Today Taylor is home to nearly 400 residents, with more than 160 staff members. With a rich history of 113 years of service, Taylor Community now builds on its solid foundation with strategic plans to continue to meet and exceed the ever-changing needs and wants of our residents. Our mission to provide the highest quality retirement living options for seniors endures.