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Presbyterian Retirement Community

Our History

Inspired by God to care for those who had faithfully served the Lord, the Reverend Dr. Franklin S. Dyrness opened Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community in 1948 on the property next to his home and the church he pastored in southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


Reverend Dyrness’s compassion motivated him to consider his congregation at Quarryville’s Faith Presbyterian Church. He saw the oldest and frailest of his flock facing retirement in a state of uncertainty. His vision: a haven where seniors could live without worldly worries about shelter, food and care. He sought to gather them in a loving home where they could continue to use their God-given gifts and talents while glorifying His name. From this Christian legacy, Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community took shape.

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A Continued Legacy

The opening of the Long Building in 1949 was just the beginning. The purchase of adjoining farmlands soon followed, and the community began to grow, first adding a convalescent unit and then two apartment buildings. As people’s needs and desires changed, an auditorium was added, followed by the Tiffany Center which would become the hub of activity for the community. The cottage community of Great Rock was started in 2010 and continues to the present. The most recent addition is The Commons, which houses a state-of-the-art wellness center, an indoor pool and walking track, as well as our newest dining option, The Bistro.

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to provide for the spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs of our residents through high quality facilities, services and personal care in a manner faithful to the Bible and honoring our Lord, Jesus Christ.


Our vision is to be a premier Christian retirement community, operating on Biblical principles, known for its warm, gracious and secure environment and attractive facilities where residents continue to grow spiritually while enjoying their retirement. To this end we are committed to the ongoing development of all resources and personal interactions in a manner honoring our Lord, Jesus Christ.


How do you account for the longevity and success of Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community? To a great degree, it comes from our dedicated leadership and their guidance. We have been blessed over the years with leaders who have diverse experience and a single-minded commitment to our mission. That heritage continues to this day.

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Our Campus

Over the decades, Quarryville has purchased additional land and grown to accommodate the ever-increasing needs of the community. Today, we offer residential apartment living in the Dyrness and McElwain Buildings, Personal Care in the Long and Thompson Buildings, and Skilled Care and Dementia Care in the Thompson Building. In 2010, we broke ground on our Great Rock neighborhood, which includes a variety of cottage floor plans.


The Tiffany Center is a place for residents to gather for numerous available activities. Chapel services, concerts and other enriching programs are offered in the Ellingsworth Auditorium and the great room in the Commons.

A Vibrant, Active Community

At the heart of the campus is the Commons, a community gathering space which features an indoor pool, walking track, fitness center, activity rooms, a bistro, a great room for special events, and a terrace with an outdoor fireplace and pizza oven. The Commons is a place to come together to meet, eat, exercise and relax.


For those who enjoy the outdoors, Quarryville has a newly renovated network of walking trails centered around Five Stones Pond. A dock on the bank of the pond provides an ideal setting to fish, operate a remote-controlled boat or just relax and watch the sunset.


We are expanding with 90 cottages in our Great Rock neighborhood, with plans to build 36 villa apartments and an additional residential apartment building.

“For ye shall go out in joy and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Isaiah 55:12 (ESV)

Experience Quarryville

To appreciate Quarryville, you need to experience it. Schedule a personalized tour of our campus for you and your family. We’ll answer your questions, show you around, introduce you to some of our wonderful residents, and explain how you can realize your vision of a retirement with spirit.