A Proud Heritage

Penney Statue 3Nestled in the historic town of Penney Farms in Northeast Florida, Penney Retirement Community (PRC) is a continuing-care, Christian retirement community that has offered an extraordinary retirement experience and warm, lasting friendships since 1926.

Founded by J.C. Penney, the department store magnate, PRC was based on Mr. Penney’s Christian background. The son of a minister, he knew that retired clergy and missionaries usually had no home, no savings and no source of income.

He established PRC (then called Memorial Home Community) as a haven for them. He built the Norman-style church and 98 cottages and invited retired church workers of all denominations to enjoy a caring lifestyle.

Still a thriving, non-profit, interdenominational retirement community, PRC is now open to any person who desires to live a faithful, purposeful life. There are 29 Christian denominations represented, all living in harmony and respect for one another.

The extraordinary character of the community is defined by more than residents’ values and beliefs. It shows in their service to each other and the community through an extensive volunteer program. Their vibrant appetite for life expressed through a broad variety of activities, on and off campus, shapes the unique atmosphere of Penney Retirement Community.