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Florence Ribbon Cutting in September of 1997 with Founders Wade White and Peg Thompson

We are excited and honored to celebrate 20 years of serving Florence and its seniors. Columbia Cottage opened in September of 1997, but the inspiration for a warm, home-like, and charming community for our seniors began long before that.

During a family vacation to Opryland, seeing a Southern Living’s Cumberland River Cottage Idea Home inspired our founders to rethink assisted living. They were determined to create an environment that was as close as possible to the homes that our residents and families spent their lives in, and that is exactly what they did.

If you have ever visited the Cottage, you know that is much more than a beautiful building. It is a vibrant community full of love, laughter, fun, and good food! It is our residents and Cottage team that truly make it feel like home. “At the Cottage, you’re not a client; you’re part of a family. They do not just take care of Mom; they love her. Mom calls The Cottage home, and it really is,” says David Hope.

David Hope assisted living

David Hope and his Mom, Mrs. Hope in her apartment at The Cottage

Briana Butler, Admissions Director for Columbia Cottage, says, “From our Southern design to home-style country cooking, our goal is to make each resident feel at home… it is our focus on our residents and their specialized care that makes us unique.”

With the Cottages’ signature program, CareSteps, residents and their families are able to discuss specific needs with staff in order to create a care plan that is unique to the resident.

Several of the staff at Columbia Cottage have been part of our community for quite some time. Wendy, who has been here for 20 years, is known around The Cottage for her chicken and dumplings, macaroni and cheese, and chocolate cake. Other staff who have served at the Cottage for several years include Wanda, who has been with us for 15 years, Julia, who has been here for 12 years, and Glenda and Shanna, who have both been with us for 10 years.

Shanna, Glenda, Wendy, and Wanda

More pictures from over the years – enjoy!

Shanna and Selena


Selena, Melinda, and Glenda having fun at The Cottage!


The Brackin family in the Living Room

Selena, Shanna, and Glenda celebrating Shanna winning Cottage Star!

Glenda Beavers
Written by: Glenda Beavers

Glenda, a Russellville, Alabama native, moved to Tuscumbia as a teenager, where she still resides. She has worked in a pharmacy, hospital and has years of experience privately sitting for seniors. "Seniors are such precious people to me, and I love being able to be a part of their life on a day to day basis at the Cottage," she says.

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