UMV History

"We are extremely proud of our Legacy that began in 1908 when Mr. Smith opened his doors in Smithsboro."


"Today, our focus is on continuing that vision by providing 5-Star Care with a Christian Touch. Each life that we are able to touch is of incredible value and worth.  We are here to make you feel at home. Please let us know how we may serve you."


~ Paula McKnight,

   President & CEO

In 2014, The United Methodist Village was proud to announce the opening of Pathway Rehabilitation Center. Pathway Rehabilitation Center is a state of the art Rehab-to-Home Center featuring Private Rooms, Private Dining, a Private Kitchenette, Concierge Service, and much, much more.


Today, life at The United Methodist Village provides a complete range of living opportunities and services while maintaining the vision Mr. Smith had over 100 years ago when he opened the doors to his home….Caring for Seniors with a Christian Touch!



Out of the ashes came greater inspiration and greater determination. Even after such a tragedy, they prayed that God would show them a way to continue this ministry. God answered their prayers. In 1918, a lovely home in St. Francisville, Illinois was donated to the conference to be used for this purpose.  In 1925, the Lawrenceville Chamber of Commerce bought and donated a 5 acre tract of land at the present Cedar Street location. In 1926, the Conference erected the three story main section that is now known as Holden Center. Because of the need for more space, new wings were built on each end of Holden Center in 1953. These additions provided space for 120 more residents. 


​The need for nursing care continued to grow. In order to accommodate this need, Wesley Center was built in 1967, and Dycus Center in 1974. The United Methodist Village identified the need for Alzheimer’s care in 1990. As a result, Auten Center was opened. 

In order to meet the growing demand for Independent Living, the United Methodist Village built and acquired a number of apartments, cottages and houses called Southern Meadows. In 1994, Southern Meadows Estates, an ndependent living apartment complex, was built.

The United Methodist Village-North Campus, a beautiful 98-bed Skilled Nursing Facility, was purchased in 2004.  In 2010, a 6-bed Assisted Living was added to North Campus.

Our ministry began over 100 years ago. In 1908, H.H. Smith offered his 20 room home on 6 lots in Smithboro, Illinois for the Methodist Conference to start an “Old Folks Home”. In addition, Mr. Smith donated $3,000 to start the home. Tragically, in 1915, the Smithboro home burned. Everything was destroyed, but not one resident was harmed.