The Rockwell Center has provided the communities of the Susquehanna Valley with elegant retirement living since 1988. Prior to that, this building housed both the Milton High School and the Junior High School. Mr. Walter M. Strine, Sr., the founder of the Rockwell Center, had attended high school in this building. When the building became available through a series of events, Mr. Strine purchased it in 1987. He then set out to create his gift of a retirement facility for active, mobile retirees as well as a performing arts theatre.
The classroom blackboards now serve as distinctive floor tiles and the original brick serves as wainscoting. Throughout the theatre one can find original sconces. The school auditorium chairs were refinished and now provide seating for residents and guests in the hallways. Two large crystal chandeliers from the Marriott Hotel in Philadelphia elegantly light the main entrance.
Residents and visitors delight in the Norman Rockwell gallery, which is made up of over 300 prints of the famous Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers. They are on a rotating display throughout the building, featuring sixty-five prints at one time. Norman Rockwell is the center’s namesake as a result of a “nostalgic bug” which transformed Milton’s old school into a unique retirement community.
The Rockwell Center also has the Grand Candlelight Theatre, which was originally the school’s auditorium. This space is currently used to provide entertainment and family activities for our residents.
The Rockwell Center opened its doors to the first resident in 1989. In a very short time, the changing needs of the residents became apparent. In order to respond to those needs, the Rockwell Center became licensed as a personal care home in 1991.
Personal care provides for those residents not quite capable of independent living but not requiring the services of a skilled nursing facility. Personal care provides assistance with bathing and dressing, medication management, laundry and housekeeping, access to medical services, and social interaction. Encouragement and assistance to develop and maintain maximum independence and self-determination is the mission of personal care.
The Rockwell Center offers a unique approach to personal care living. We are proud to serve the Susquehanna Valley community.
For more information please contact our Admissions Director who will assist you through each step of the transition process to make Rockwell your/your loved one’s new home. Or contact Admissions today for a personal, no-pressure tour of the facility: 570-742-4100 EXT 229.