In 1951, with a dream of building a retirement facility, a donation of land, and a gift of $500, members of the American Danish Evangelical Church formed a corporation known as the Solvang Lutheran Home. Two years later, in April of 1953, the dream became a reality when the Solvang Lutheran Home welcomed its first residents.

Over the next 20 years, thanks to the help of a supportive Santa Ynez Valley Community, the Solvang Lutheran Home continued to grow and expand with the addition of a 50-bed skilled nursing facility, known as the Santa Ynez Valley Recovery Residence. In 1990, additional apartments and a 15-bed Assisted Living Facility were added to the Solvang Lutheran Home community.

In an ongoing effort to reach out to and serve a broader-based group of people, the parent company, still known as Solvang Lutheran Home, Inc., changed the residential community’s name to Atterdag Village of Solvang. Here at Atterdag Village, expansion, additions, and changes continue today to meet the growing interests and needs of its residents.

The one critical component, the Atterdag Village mission, remains steadfast and true today. To offer our residents a quality of life that ensures physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being, with optimum independence in a safe and caring environment.