A Rich Heritage
Celebrating Over 60 Years of Service
Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina is part of a rich heritage of service to people of all faiths. During the early 1950s, ministers and church leaders of the Presbyterian Church in South Carolina had a vision to serve seniors. Residents, families, and employees can feel proud to be part of the legacy of an established organization that holds a high standard for its mission and ministry.
Since 1958, Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina (PCSC), a ministry of the Presbyterian churches in South Carolina, has been fulfilling its mission to enrich the lives of seniors of all faiths. PCSC includes five Life Plan Communities (formerly known as continuing care retirement communities) at locations across the state, including Clinton, Easley, Florence, Columbia, and Summerville.
Two names figure prominently and are entwined in the early beginnings of the Presbyterian Home of South Carolina (now Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina) – Reverend Dr. Charles Robert Tapp and Reverend Dr. William McLeod Frampton, Jr. It was during Dr. Tapp’s ministry at the Summerville Presbyterian Church in the early 1950s that the Synod of South Carolina began to make earnest plans for a church-sponsored retirement home. A study committee was deemed necessary and Dr. Frampton was appointed chairman.
On May 28, 1953, Dr. Frampton’s committee recommended the acceptance of a gift of 26 acres of land in Summerville from Dr. Jack Rhodes and his wife, Dorothy. The Synod concurred; a permanent Executive Committee was authorized and the idea began to have substance. A significant recommendation, that a Mother’s Day offering be taken on May 9, 1954, for the “Home for the Aged” was also adopted at this meeting. Over the years, the Mother’s Day offering has become a tradition and is an important factor in providing resident financial support when necessary.
On October 9, 1956, the cornerstone for The Village at Summerville (formerly, the Summerville Home was put into place by the President of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Arthur Scarborough who then officially installed Rev. Dr. Charles Robert Tapp as Superintendent. Among the trustees attending was the Rev. Dr. William McLeod Frampton, the presiding officer. In January 1958, the first twenty residents moved into the Summerville Home.
On June 4, 1968, Dr. Frampton was elected unanimously as president of the Board of Trustees. Recognizing the need for a broader base of informed church members, Dr. Frampton initiated the formation of the Board of Advisors of Presbyterian Home. Over the years this board, consisting of representatives from Presbyterian churches in South Carolina, has contributed significantly to PCSC in the area of publicity and communication. Today, this group is known as the “PCSC Ambassadors.”
The next residence to be built was the Clinton Community which opened in 1975, followed by Frampton Hall in 1976, which was later consolidated with the Clinton Community in 2008. On September 1, 1981, Presbyterian Home opened its fourth “campus” at Florence, South Carolina. The Columbia Community opened in 1986 and the Foothills Retirement Community in Easley opened in 1998.
Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina continues its broad range of services at each Community and continues to value the relationships with residents, donors, volunteers, staff and churches in South Carolina and beyond.