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History

Growing and thriving for nearly 30 years.

In the 1980s, some faculty members and neighbors of Duke University envisioned an exceptional retirement experience near their university setting. They banded together, acquired land near the Duke campus, and created a team to explore the possibilities.

From the outset, the team relied on advice from Duke’s Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke alumni, retired faculty and staff, and local and nationwide retirees to gain a broad perspective of a fulfilled retirement. With insight from these groups and many visits to prominent retirement communities across the country, their dream began to take shape.

The Forest at Duke, Inc. organized in October 1988 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. The new entity worked swiftly to plan, build, own, and manage the new retirement community. As a master campus plan developed, soon-to-be residents reserved their future homes and construction began. Finally, in September of 1992, the very first residents moved into their newly completed homes.

In 2017, The Forest celebrated 25 years of community, accomplishment, and life. We invite you to come and see us as we continue growing into the next 25 years and beyond!

To read more about the history of The Forest at Duke, be sure to check out two of our previous blog articles:

The history of The Forest began in the 1980s. This photo was taken in the 1990s just after construction finished.
Legacy photo of The Forest at Duke, taken in 1992. Courtesy of Rodgers Builders, Inc.