Carriage Hill marked 20 years in business this year.
It came into being when Al Persinger, Tommy Reynolds and Don Rowe decided, back in the '80s, that there was a need for a modern assisted living facility in the Bedford area.
" Most of the people were going to Lynchburg and Roanoke at that time," recalled Persinger.
"We knew people around town that needed places to put family members," Reynolds added.
Along with seeing a need, the three men knew each other well. They had worked together on other business ventures prior to this effort.