Coming Home to England Oaks

Wherever life takes England Oaks resident Robbie Gill, she is sure to provide a great soundtrack. Originally from Germany, Robbie grew up in a musical family where she learned to sing, play piano, recorder and the accordion. After college, she and her brother formed a band that toured Europe. When she moved to the US in 1982, she performed in a country music show: "Super Country USA" in Alexandria. She's lived all over the country, but when she decided to retire, it was Alexandria that c…

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Meet England Oaks Resident Carpenter: Gerald Turner

As a young boy, growing up on a farm, Gerald built his own toys: first a wooden tractor, then a miniature barn. Nowadays, his custom creations–most of which he gives away to friends and family–include book shelves, cutting boards, TV cabinets and even a super-sized dog house for his granddaughter’s five dogs. He’s built churches too. After retiring from John Deere, he spent 10 years traveling around the country with an organization called Laborers for Christ. “We would come i…

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Meet England Oaks Resident Historian Alice Scarborough

England Oaks Adult Living Community resident Alice Scarborough never intended on speaking in public to people from all over the world, much less becoming the director of a major historical landmark. But from the moment she stepped foot in Kent House, almost 20 years ago, all that changed. "It just kind of took over my life," Alice explains. Completed in 1800 on a 1796 Spanish land grant, Kent House is one of the oldest standing structures in Louisiana. Together with its outbuildings, the…

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