On February 20, 1842 the founder of our Senior Center, Benjamin Church was born. He was raised by his father, Samuel Church and his mother Elizabeth Luther. His father had purchased property in 1837 which he had constructed into a model farm called Mt. Hope Farm. The farm had remained in the Church family until 1917 when R.F. Haffenreffer had purchased it.
In 1900 Benjamin Church had composed a will to fulfill his dream. At 58 years old he decided that he wanted to build a structure to house aged men of Bristol. It was going to be known as Benjamin Church Home for Aged Men. The trustees of the will had to find a suitable location for the home. It had to be on the bus line, walking distance from the center of town but far enough to allow the development of a farm. By March 15, 1909 the perfect home for aged men was ready to be open. The cost of the home had been a sum of $21,000 dollars. Due to the depression the board had later decided in 1934 to permit women.