Such careful consideration and concern for legacy and nature would not occur to most developers. But for Camellia Place founding Partners Denise Swords and Lauren Clifton, the story of the trees that lived for more than 55 years on the property at 294 Rope Mill Road in Woodstock and the preservation of their legacy were important to the evolving story of Camellia Place.

“This is not like any other project we’ve worked on,” said Steve Sanchez, principal with HGOR, landscape architects for Camellia Place. “It is new and different because of the involvement of Lauren and Denise, versus a corporate structure. It’s very personal.”

Indeed, the passion of founding partners Clifton and Swords sets this community apart from others. Founded to elevate expectations of assisted living and memory care, Camellia Place aims to help residents fill their days with life, to add life to their years.

Residents and guests find the spiritual renewal of nature on two miles of paved walkways, covered front porches, outdoor courtyards and a central park that serves as an ideal gathering place for family and friends. Green space preserves natural beauty and gardens adorn the grounds across the eight acres of Camellia Place.

There are many similarities that make this story unique. Woodworker and Pastor Greg Michael, who created some of the mill work and the library table at Camellia Place also helped design and build Woodstock Community Church on Rope Mill Road in 2010. When reading design comments about the church, one might think they were reading about the environment created at Camellia Place: natural organic ministry … emphasis on intimacy over grandness … multiple gathering spaces characterized by natural light …  importance of views to the outdoors, and more.

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir