1853 -- Philanthropist John Neal Jr. was born. He was a blacksmith, and worked for George McGinley. He married McGinley’s daughter, Eliza Jane. He made several prudent investments in local industries.
1882 -- John and wife Eliza Jane’s son George was born. George died unexpectedly in 1900, at age 17.
1910 -- Anna Landis Sollenberger and her father, Frank Landis (who with his brother started Landis Tool Company) built the house at the corner of Potomac and Second Street in Waynesboro. Frank designed the patterns used on the concrete blocks, some of which are still there. Anna’s husband Dr. Aaron Sollenberger had a medical practice in the home until his death in 1932.
Also in 1910, Anna Hershey Sollenberger, the daughter of Anna Landis Sollenberger, was born. She worked at the Waynesboro Hospital after completing lab technician training. She was also active in the American Red Cross. She lived at Hearthstone from April 1982 until her death in January 1984.
1939 -- John Neal died, leaving funds and instructions for his second wife’s (Ida) care, as well for establishment of a memorial home for his son George. Mr. Neal's desire was that residents would receive excellent care.
1960 -- A contest was held by the Record Herald Newspaper to find a shorter, easier-to-remember name for the home. The winner: “Hearthstone Retirement Home”, submitted by Hazel S. Thomas of Waynesboro, PA. The legal name of the home is “George H. Neal Memorial Home for the Aged”.
1961 -- Anna Landis Sollenberger donated her home at 102 South Potomac Street for Hearthstone. A 22-room wing was added, and Hearthstone accepted its first guests in July of that year.
102 South Potomac Street Waynesboro, PA 17268