Templeton Farm, Kent's senior housing, will mark its 35th anniversary Sept. 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with a celebration open to all interested area residents.

The event, open to the public, will include apartment tours from 3:30 to 4 p.m., a program focusing on Templeton's history at 4 p.m. and refreshments.

The 24-apartment facility at 16 Swift Lane has provided affordable independent housing to more than 120 Kent and area residents since its 1976 opening.

More than 50 Kent residents have served on the Kent Village Housing for the Elderly, Templeton's non-profit owner, since its founding.

Eugene "Rusty" O'Meara, Kent's first selectman at the time of Templeton's opening, and others will share memories of the early years at the celebration.

Mr. O'Meara, who recently moved back to Kent with his family, served as first selectman from 1969 to 1981 and was also a founding member of the board of directors of the KVHE.

Founding board members Virginia Conboy and Bill Tobin also still live in Kent.

"Templeton Farm is a treasure hidden in plain sight in the middle of Kent," said KVHE president Catherine Bachrach.

"The Sept. 18 event provides an opportunity to honor its energetic and forward-looking founders, as well as the many residents, staff and board members who have made Templeton such a special community over the past 35 years," she said.

Elderly Housing Management, part of the non-profit New Samaritan Corporation, has managed Templeton throughout its history.

Rent subsidies for the studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Agriculture/Rural Development.

Anyone wishing to share memories of Templeton's early years is encouraged to call the office at 860-927-4000 or email templetonfarms@ehmchm.org.