Anchored upon a hilltop in Groveland and surrounded by 90-acres of rolling woodlands and fields, you'll find Nichols Village, a unique community where independent seniors 62 years of age and better have chosen to make their home. 

N. Woodburn Nichols, a businessman and philanthropist who was born and raised in Groveland, had a vision. He always dreamed of building a senior living community in the town where he grew up. After his passing in 1925, and with his dream in mind and heart, the Trustees of the N. Woodburn Nichols’ Trust worked to fulfill Nichols' wish. With its doors opened in spring 2004, Nichols Village welcomed its first residents, and together with staff, created a strong sense of community, security, and independence.

Notably, Nichols Village gained national recognition by the Seniors Housing Council of The National Association of Home Builders and was awarded the Silver Achievement Award for its community design. It is managed by Bethany Community Services, Inc., a long-established, non-profit property management company based in Haverhill.


Nichols Village offers 78 apartments and 16 cottages with ample amounts of comfortable living space, one level living, and an abundance of bright, natural lighting. Residents enjoy exclusive use of common indoor spaces, including the grand Cannon Hill living room with large-screen television and fireplace, several community lounges, a library, and an internet-connected computer room. There is an arts and crafts room, a game and billiards room, and a hair salon, too.

Apartments feature fully applianced kitchens and provide generous storage space, with master bedroom walk-in closets, coat and linen closets, and assigned extra storage units. Additionally, there are convenient, stackable front-load washers and dryers in every apartment and reserved, covered parking. There are several apartment floor plans, including a one bedroom, a one bedroom with a den, a two bedroom, and a two bedroom with a den.

Cottages provide a bit more space and privacy for residents. All of the cottages feature an open-concept, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, beautiful kitchens, three-sided gas fireplaces, attached garages with electric door openers, and private patios for relaxing and entertaining.

Meal plans are included with residency. Friendly, full-service, restaurant-style dining is offered, featuring a warm atmosphere and meal choices ranging from simple to gourmet. Residents enjoy the café for morning coffee, lunch and happy hours. Bi-weekly housekeeping and semi-annual deep cleaning is also offered, along with exterior and interior maintenance.

There are an abundance of social activities and events orchestrated by the activity director, bus transportation is offered to the grocery store, bank, and pharmacy. In addition, there are a variety of health and wellness programs planned by the wellness coordinator, a community fitness center which features exercise equipment, an indoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool, and outdoor walking trials.


When you make the choice to live at Nichols Village, you are committing to an independent lifestyle offering abundant opportunities, which promise to maximize your health and wellness goals. In support of your commitment, Nichols Village also makes available to you an optional Coordinated Home Care program. This program is conveniently located at Nichols Village within the Woodburn Manor, where professional home-care specialists provide services to residents within the comfort of their own apartments or cottages.

Skilled services such as nursing care and physical, occupational, and speech therapies are provided through the Coordinated Home Care program. When ordered by your physician, Medicare covers these skilled services. Support care services are offered through this program as well, such as meal preparation, bathing, dressing, medication reminders and companion care. Both the skilled and support care services may be used on an as-needed, fee-for-service basis, services are only paid for if needed. These services may also be covered by long-term care insurance or Veteran’s Aid and Attendance benefits.

As a welcoming and vibrant retirement community with rural charm and urban reach, Nichols Village truly has it all. Thanks to the generosity and foresight of N. Woodburn Nichols, and to the commitment of the N. Woodburn Nichols Trustees, the residents at Nichols Village have the opportunity to live in a peaceful, secure and thriving community.