10th Anniversary of Providence Point Honors its Historic Past and Plans for the Future

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Resident Appreciation Event Celebrates Longevity and New Beginning

September 12, 2019, marks the 10th anniversary of Providence Point’s arrival as Pittsburgh’s premier senior living community.  Located on the edge of Scott Township at 500 Providence Point Boulevard, and spanning 32 lush acres, the 62+ Life Plan Community quickly set the standard for quality retirement living in our region. The resident-focused anniversary event celebrates the anniversary and looks forward to the exciting new things happening at the community.

Thanks to its robust wellness programming, state-of-the-art amenities, excellent dining, and five-star healthcare, the current 240 residents of Providence Point are the organization’s best spokespeople. They invite friends to join them for events or dinner, and tours. They tell people about their lifestyle when they are out at church, the theatre, or other countless event on their calendar. In gratitude to the residents, the anniversary celebration will be a Resident Appreciation event, held September 13, 2019 at 3 pm, and have a ‘yearbook’ type theme, recognizing those who moved in at the opening, and later through the years.

Providence Point offers 222 one- and two-bedroom residential living apartments, ranging in size from 761 to 2,100+ square feet.  It also includes a neighborhood of 35 single-family patio homes, and a new addition, Hamilton Tower, which opens in October, offers an additional 70 apartment residences. 

Providence Point proudly sits on top of a historic site once known as “Bower Hill.” It was the mansion estate of General John Neville, Inspector of Tax Revenue for President George Washington. It was regarded as the greatest Pennsylvania mansion west of the Allegheny Mountains. Bower Hill became the site of a key battle in the Whiskey Rebellion (1791-1794). Many argue that without Neville; the rebellion would have never occurred. 

General Neville was rebuffed by irate farmers when he and Marshal David Lenox tried to arrest local whiskey distiller William Miller for failure to pay the new federal tax on whiskey. Angry farmers challenged Neville to resign his commission and destroy all tax records. On Thursday, July 17, 1794 about 500 Anti-Federalist farmers attacked Bower Hill, and after their leader, James McFarlane was killed, the mansion was burned down.

Through the years, the property changed ownership and purpose–from farmland to mining. The Pittsburgh Coal Company then turned the land over to Allegheny County and in 1953, the County broke ground on John J. Kane County Home. When it first opened, Kane county Home & hospital was considered “the most forward-looking health facility” built at that time.  It had indoor and outdoor space, an auditorium and chapel. However, almost from the beginning, the massive 2,100 bed facility was plagued with problems. The hospital was razed in 1999, while just a few miles away, Baptist Homes Society was looking to acquire land to build a new Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) as part of its long-term strategic plan. The rest is history, or as Providence Point Executive Director Bob Kocent likes to say, “history-making.”

Marilyn Walsh, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Baptist Homes Society, says, “The 10th Anniversary indicates a tremendous milestone for the organization.  Our residents are what makes our community successful. They are shaping the future of the community and senior living and healthcare. We are proud to honor the history of our area, and will celebrate the future of accessible, dynamic, senior living.” 

About Providence Point 

Providence Point is a not-for-profit senior living community and part of Baptist Homes Society. It offers 23 different apartment floor plans and five types of patio homes. There are four dining venues, countless options for fitness and exercise, and many areas throughout the community to explore individual interests and hobbies. Residents can also take advantage of a calendar overflowing with cultural, educational, social and fun activities.

Baptist Homes Society Mission: To provide the highest quality of living for all those we serve, while uplifting one person at a time.