The history of Maple Knoll Communities, Inc. begins in 1848, when a group of concerned citizens of Cincinnati witnessed the untenable situation of elderly persons without families. Led by Mrs. Lydia Beecher, the stepmother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, this benevolent group created a home for these individuals and planted the seeds of what would become LifeSphere.
The history of this organization is a legacy of service to the community and to the welfare of older adults. Following this paragraph is a timeline that begins in 1848 and continues through today. In 1851, the Widows' Home published an annual report which contained the following statement:
We are building up an institution for future generations, and after we have passed away, will come the fruition of the good seed we have sown.