About Peabody


About Peabody

On 33 acres in North Manchester, Indiana, Peabody Retirement Community offers a complete range of residential and healthcare senior living options including neighborhoods for independent living cottages, assisted living apartments, rehabilitation, skilled nursing and memory care. This wellness-oriented lifestyle offers countless opportunities to celebrate the ageless spirit.


A legacy of commitment to seniors
Peabody Retirement Community’s story begins with James B. Peabody and his son, Thomas. When James’ wife, Estelle, died in 1928, James found a way to both commemorate her life and fulfill his dream of building a retirement community where older adults could live free from fear and worry. He joined efforts with Presbyterian clergy and laymen of the Synod of Indiana and the result was The Estelle Peabody Memorial Home.

When James passed in 1934, Thomas built The Singing Tower, a central monument on the Peabody campus, as a memorial to his father. The 105-foot carillon marks time quarterly every hour with Westminster chimes and stands as both a testimony to the generosity of the Peabody Family and as a symbol of Peabody Retirement Community’s commitment to serving older adults.

Peabody Campus Map



Friendly, small-town charm
Peabody Retirement Community is located in North Manchester, Indiana, where quality of life, peace of mind and small-town charm come together. Just 90 minutes from Indianapolis, 75 minutes from South Bend and only 150 minutes from Chicago. Thanks to the committed stewardship of the land by the Peabody family, Peabody enjoys a spacious and nature-filled rural setting.

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Spiritual Life Services

Spiritual guidance and worship
For those desiring a retirement lifestyle that includes opportunities for spiritual growth, counseling, and support during life’s challenges, Peabody Retirement Community is an excellent choice. Peabody’s chaplain is available when needed.

The main Sunday Service at 2:30 p.m. for residents and families is held in the Peabody Memorial Chapel, equipped with a working pipe organ. Chapel services are led by our director of spiritual services or by a community religious leader. Other worship services are held twice weekly in each Peabody neighborhood.

Board of Directors

Peabody Retirement Community is a not-for-profit Life Plan retirement community governed by a Board of Trustees.

  • Stephen Zahn
  • Albert Schlitt
  • Rev. Thomas Smith
  • Judith Moore
  • Marcia Morris
  • Douglas Lehman
  • Dr. Norman Long


Peabody Home Foundation

The Peabody Home Foundation was established in 1980 to support its mission— the Caring Circle—that effectively and compassionately provides for the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of those residents, as well as assisting those who have outlived their financial resources.

Over the years, the Foundation has raised funds to remodel and renovate Peabody’s historical buildings as well as construct state-of-the-art additions like The Billie Jane Strauss Wellness Center. Other funds have helped purchase resources for the enjoyment and benefit of residents. The Foundation is supported through individual gifts and bequests, giving from Indiana churches, employees, the Peabody Gift Shop, and special events. For more information, visit http://www.peabodyhf.org/.