Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community is now The Culpeper

Residents of The Culpeper listen as the community’s name change is announced.

By Ann Lovell

CULPEPER, Virginia—Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community has changed its name to The Culpeper, Executive Director Jim Jacobsen announced in a community meeting with residents April 6.

“While we are proud of our Baptist heritage, we believe this name change better reflects where we are today — a community who welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds in the faith-based family atmosphere Culpeper residents have come to expect,” Jacobsen said.

Built in the late 1940s, The Culpeper is the fulfillment of Dr. J. T. Edwards’ vision to assist Virginia Baptists in their retirement years. Since then, LifeSpire of Virginia (formerly Virginia Baptist Homes) has grown to four continuing care retirement communities in Culpeper, Newport News, Richmond and the Roanoke Valley. Each community provides a full continuum of care to address the changing health needs of seniors.

In addition to the name change, plans are underway to expand and revitalize The Culpeper campus, including a new front entrance and building, said Peter Robinson, LifeSpire’s Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. Access to the community will change from Route 15 to Route 299, and the new campus will face the Blue Ridge Mountains. Additional services will include a rehab-to-home neighborhood, memory care and skilled nursing.

“For Culpeper, this is long overdue,” Robinson said. “We have long been known for providing some of the best care in the area. We have been accomplishing this in a building built in the late 40s. We can’t wait to give residents and staff a new building, multiple dining venues, a wellness center, library, walking trails and all the amenities our residents deserve.”

Ann Lovell is Corporate Director of Communications for LifeSpire of Virginia. Contact her at or (804) 521-9192.