About The Chamberlin

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ENJOY RETIREMENT IN GRAND STYLE

Built in classic Beaux Arts style during the Roaring 1920s, The Chamberlin was once one of the most opulent
hotels in the nation. Today, the grandeur of the past has been magnificently restored with resort-style
amenities and 58 different apartment floor plans to suit any taste or budget. Our stylish residences
offer high ceilings, sleek appliances, granite counter tops, plush carpeting and breathtaking views.
Professionally managed by Harmony Senior Services, The Chamberlin is one of the finest examples of Harmony’s
eye for detail and commitment to resident comfort and support. The minute you step inside The Chamberlin,
you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Just like home should be.

 

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THE CHAMBERLIN HISTORY
The Chamberlin was built in 1927 not far from the site of earlier hotel, The Hygeia, which once invited the wealthy and well-heeled to soak in the stunning views and cool breezes of the Chesapeake Bay. Even poet Edgar Allen Poe paid a visit, reciting “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee” before delighted guests on the Hygeia’s porch in 1849. After serving briefly as a hospital during the Civil War, The Hygeia was torn down. A new hotel built in its place was destroyed by fire in 1920. The Chamberlin emerged nearby as a grand new hotel built in a style befitting the dynamic cultural and artistic change that marked the Roaring Twenties. By the 1990s, however, The Chamberlin had lost its luster as a vacation destination. Enter a visionary group of investors who purchased the old hotel and spent years renovating and restoring every magnificent inch. In 2008, The Chamberlin reopened its doors as a premier waterfront retirement community, enticing residents with the same panoramic Chesapeake Bay views and fresh sea breezes that have welcomed guests for nearly 200 years.

 

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FORT MONROE HISTORY
Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and named for the nation’s 5th President, James Monroe, Fort Monroe was originally fortified in 1609. It was further constructed following the War of 1812 to protect the Hampton Roads waterway from enemy attack. Built at a cost of nearly $2 million, the Fort covered 63 acres of land and took more than 15 years to complete. It remained a Union stronghold throughout the Civil War, with the epic Battle of the Ironclads taking place just offshore. After serving it’s final mission in 2011, Fort Monroe is today being re-purposed as a live, work and play community filled with panoramic bay views, nature trails, restaurants and beaches. The Fort is still home to 169 historic structures, including The Chamberlin.

 

Meet your Chamberlin Team

The Chamberlin is professionally managed by Harmony Senior Services, a fully integrated, self-contained management company. Harmony Senior Services creates and manages thriving communities where seniors can enjoy the comforts of home, the care of professionals, and the energy of life. Harmony manages more than $60 million new healthcare-related projects annually, including senior housing and healthcare communities, active adult housing, independent living, assisted living, nursing homes, medical/office buildings, and mixed-use facilities. The company was founded in 2008 by Smith/Packett management and Susan Eckert.

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Catherine Chappell

Position: General Manager
As the General Manager at The Chamberlin, Catherine Chappell's goal is to create a welcoming, well run community where residents enjoy the unique culture and social environment that can only be found at our special waterfront home. A Virginia native, Catherine combines her passion for working with seniors and their families with her 15 years of experience in healthcare administration to lead our vibrant Chamberlin community. Catherine received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and her Master's degree from the University of Richmond. With her outstanding team of professionals, Catherine embraces Harmony Senior Services' mission of putting dedicated and caring employees in place to create great living for our residents. And, it shows!!
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David Payne

Position: Executive Chef & Director of Club Dining
Chef David Payne jokes about how he likes to play with knives and fire. That’s OK with residents at The Chamberlin, who are more than happy to sit back and let Chef Payne and his team serve mouth-watering creations night after night. David graduated from The Culinary Institute of Virginia were he studied classic French cuisine. Before joining the Chamberlin, Chef Payne was Sous Chef at Virginia Beach’s Bella Monte restaurant, and Chef de Cuisine at the well-known Argyles Restaurant in Kitty Hawk, NC.
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Bryan Gravely

Position: Director of Engineering
One of the first things new residents notice about living here at The Chamberlin is that everything – from the electricity to the plumbing to the security system to the climate control – runs like clockwork. Our Director of Engineering Bryan Gravely makes sure of it, and there’s no one better to have on the job. If you want to know how something works around here, just ask Bryan. No one knows better.
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Ash Hamaad

Position: Dining Room Manager
Leave it to Ash Hamaad to ensure that your experience in the Chamberlin’s dining room exceeds your expectations. His eye for detail, combined with his experience in fine dining, drives him to seek perfection in his work. Of course, working in a beautiful, historic building inspires him, but he treasures the most the joy he finds in building relationships and interacting with our residents.
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Nancy Rose

Position: Wellness Director
The thing about exercising with our Wellness Director Nancy Rose is that sometimes you don’t even realize you are exercising. You’re too busy having fun! Nancy always has a smile on her face as she offers a huge variety of classes for every level of fitness at The Chamberlin, both in the indoor pool and “on land” at the Hygeia Health Club. The prescription for great health? If you ask Nancy, the answer is easy: Exercise. Nancy invites you to stop in anytime and say hello … and stick around for some fun.
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Jessica Potter

Position: Business Office Manager
If you ask our business office manager, Jessica, to describe herself, she refers to herself as a “Numbers Gal” and indeed she is. Jessica ensures that all business functions at the Chamberlin run smoothly and efficiently. Our residents can count on her precision and knowledge to keep their accounts accurate. More importantly, our residents can be assured that she will respond to any business questions they may have promptly and correctly.
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Susan Karnes

Position: Resident Activities Coordinator
What makes the lifestyle at The Chamberlin so fun, enthusiastic and active? Meet Susan Karnes. Susan is The Chamberlin’s Resident Activities Coordinator, and no one believes more in the power of active, independent retirement living than she does. From sing-alongs to variety shows to her popular guided walks along The Chamberlin seawall, Susan’s job is to keep us active and happy. Are you ready? Susan is. Let’s go!
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Julie Wysong

Position: Sales Counselor
Even a place as beautiful as The Chamberlin can’t sell itself. That’s why we have Julie Wysong on our team. Julie’s career has taken her from booking dinner-and-dancing cruises to boosting sales at the region’s top hotels to serving as a reunion planner for American military veterans. At The Chamberlin, Julie has found the perfect place to put all of her great sales, administrative and customer service skills to work, as she builds excitement for our growing waterfront retirement community.
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Location

The Chamberlin is located on Historic Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, at Old Point Comfort. Built in 1927, the 9-story Beaux Arts building overlooks the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads. The Chamberlin is part of the Fort Monroe Historic District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia’s Landmarks Register. The Chamberlin is approximately 80 miles from Richmond, VA, and 180 miles from Washington, D.C.

2 Fenwick Road
Hampton, VA 23651
(757) 637-7200

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