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400 North Walnut Street, West Chester, PA 19380
Care Types: Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s Care, Independent Living
Breathtakingly beautiful amidst giant sycamore trees, grassy areas and gardens, The Hickman is composed of two brick buildings that look like adjoining mansions. Founded by two Quaker women over a century ago, the residence has beige shutters and original brick walkways that help retain the historic feel. A Quaker meetinghouse and elementary school share the lush property. The street is quiet, the town quaint—even the sidewalks are brick. The lobby entrance has a gorgeous marble floor, and large oil paintings, quilts and tapestries embellish the walls. Each hallway displays antique furnishings and lamps.
The Hickman is the more formal of the two buildings. There is a grand living room with a fireplace, original hardwood floors, high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Oriental carpets and draped windows add to the elegant feel. Original antique furnishings and a grand piano adorn the room. Although with its splendor it could pass for a museum, residents do use the room as a quiet place to sit or read. The dining room mirrors the posh décor, and has a fireplace. Sharpless Hall, the second building, is a bit more casual. The small living room with deep red leather furniture is cozy and inviting. The dining room features rose-colored country décor. Residents chime in regarding meal preferences—that day’s lunch consisted of homemade soup, chicken stir-fry and applesauce.
The Hickman has an open patio on its second floor with a covered porch beneath. Sharpless Hall has an enclosed porch, with a smaller one at the entrance. Behind both buildings is a large grassy garden area with brick and stone walkways and scattered seating areas. Two-hundred-foot trees, and rose and flower gardens make this a haven for peaceful afternoons. Resident accommodations are private and range from smaller studios to full-size apartments. All vary in shape and size, with more floor-to-ceiling windows. Brand-new carpet covers the floors and walls are painted in soothing neutrals.
Ross, the house dog, is a beautiful golden retriever who is quiet, mannerly and affectionate—much like the residents who adore him! Residents choose the programming and activities they prefer, and set the tone for their community, very much in the Quaker tradition. Daily social and recreational activities include reading circles, bridge games, music programs, arts and crafts, ceramics and educational programs. A recent collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation intends to revamp the exercise program. Intergenerational therapy happens with the neighboring school, and field trips include excursions to concerts and exhibits.
- Entry Fee Required
- Licensed by the State
- Semi-Private Apartments/Rooms
- Single Room Units Available
- Some Pets Are Allowed
- Studio Apartments Available