Village At Woods Edge honored at chamber banquet

Published 12:10 pm Friday, February 24, 2017

The Franklin-Southampton Chamber of Commerce recognized The Village at Woods Edge as its 2016 business of the year during its annual awards banquet, held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Development Center in Franklin.

Megan Councill, a chamber member with a personal connection to The Village, presented the award.

“I nominated The Village myself this year,” she said. “I think of The Village restaurant like Cheers, where everybody knows your name.”

She added that she became personally involved with The Village when she moved her grandmother in from Fairfax.

Brian Hedgepeth, Amanda Jarratt and H. Taylor Williams IV.

Brian Hedgepeth, Amanda Jarratt and H. Taylor Williams IV.

According to Councill, The Village was incorporated in 1988 by Southampton Memorial Hospital, and opened in 1990 with 94 independent and assisted living apartments. Later, they added the Back Porch and Grille restaurant. In October 2014, they opened Asa’s Neighborhood, a new memory care unit. Today, they offer both apartments and cottages.

The evening began with a cocktail hour with Mardi Gras-themed food catered by Southampton Memorial Hospital’s food service department, and an open bar provided by David Rabil of Fred’s Restaurant.

Several local dignitaries attended as guests, including Southampton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dallas Jones, who represents the Drewryville District, Newsoms District Supervisor Randolph Cook, Franklin Mayor Frank Rabil, Vice Mayor Barry Cheatham, Councilman Linwood Johnson, and the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the Franklin-Southampton area, Eric Cooke.