ORANGEBURG OUT OF THE PAST

Rev. J.F.M. Hoffmeyer: Rev, J.F.M. Hoffmeyer was a man of vision. During the 1940s he implored the South Carolina Methodist Conference to establish a retirement home for elderly Methodists in the state. This was a new concept in those days. Rev. Hoffmeyer persisted, and finally in 1953 the S.C. Methodist Conference voted to establish such a facility. The location chosen for this facility was in Orangeburg on the former campus of the Hawthorne School of Aeronautics where pilots were trained for World War II. Of course the logical choice for the first administrator for what became The Methodist Home for the Aging was Rev. Hoffmeyer. This concept of retirement homes for the elderly began to blossom in the ensuing years thanks to pioneers like Rev. Hoffmeyer. Photo courtesy of the Methodist Oaks and provided by Dr. Gene Atkinson.

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