Why I Joined London Town: The Atkins Story

After G. Pope Atkins retired from teaching, he and his wife Joan moved to the Eastern Shore to enjoy the woods. Unfortunately, Pope was soon diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and living on the Shore became too difficult. Instead, the couple came back to Annapolis, moving into an apartment. While the apartment was convenient to medical appointments and other needs, it lacked the beautiful woods of their previous home. A friend recommended visiting Historic London Town and Gardens, as it was not far away.


The Atkins came at the end of April in 2012 and after enjoying the gardens, immediately became members. Ever since then, they have remained members and visited regularly. They often bring friends, including a couple whose husband also has Alzheimer’s. He and Pope had both worked in the woods of Idaho years ago, so London Town gives them a chance to relive their youth together. Although the illness has affected their short-term memories, the two men still enjoy wandering the woods and discussing the trees.  

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