Butterfield Trail Village was founded by five local churches and opened in 1986 as the area’s first self-governed, non-profit retirement community. As Northwest Arkansas’ premier Life Plan Retirement Community, BTV has an eye on the future with a modern campus and amenities, serving residents now and for generations to come.
1984 – Groundbreaking
After BTV incorporated in 1981, Gov. Bill Clinton led an enthusiastic group in breaking ground in September 1984.
1986 – First Village Residents
On March 10, Martha Rice and Virginia Wilson became the first Village residents.
1986 – BTV Expands
BTV expands its footprint to include Cottages three months after the opening of the main building.
1989 – Recycling Program
Butterfield Trail Village began its resident-led recycling program; today approx. 126,353 pounds of waste is recycled annually by BTV volunteers.
1991 – Village Farmers Market
Residents began the Village Farmers Market selling produce from the BTV gardens; today the weekly summer market sells flowers, baked goods and produce.
2001 – Village Homes Built
The first Village Homes were built on the southern part of the Village property.
2001 – Village Tours
BTV began hosting its group “Village Tours” excursions, in which residents have traveled to the Caribbean, the Pacific Northwest, Louisiana Cajun Country and more.
2005 – The Special Care Center for Dementia
The Special Care Center for Dementia opened in the Health Care Center.
2010 – The Lodge
The Lodge at Butterfield Trail Village opened.
2011 – Health and Wellness Center
The Butterfield Health and Wellness Center opened adjacent to The Lodge.
2015 – Aquatic & Wellness Center / Assisted Living Cottage
Butterfield opened its new Aquatic and Wellness Center and the new Assisted Living Cottage.
2017 – Commons Center
BTV opened its multi-million-dollar Commons Center with the state-of-the-art Performance Hall and casual dining Bistro at Butterfield.
2017 – UAMS at BTV
The UAMS at BTV clinic opens, providing primary health and medical care to independent Village residents onsite – the only such partnership of its kind in the state.
In The Heart Of
The Village is centrally located on 44 picturesque acres in northeast Fayetteville, convenient to shopping, dining, walking and bicycling trails, and the University of Arkansas – home of Razorback sports! Butterfield has a unique partnership with the U of A, providing lifelong learning opportunities for residents, as well as health and wellness expertise with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences supporting the Village with onsite primary medical care and more.
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Butterfield Staff & Board
The BTV Leadership Team is a group of dedicated professionals who oversee operations, resident services, skilled healthcare, facilities management, fitness and wellness, programming and marketing. The Board of Directors is made up of uniquely qualified leaders who have strong ties to diverse sectors of the community.
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Butterfield Trail Village Foundation
By making a financial gift to the Butterfield Trail Village Foundation you are helping enhance the lives of current Butterfield residents as well as residents of tomorrow. The Foundation has several established funds, and your gift will contribute to the sustainability of these important programs. Without contributions Butterfield would be unable to stay true to its mission and create the kind of community our residents deserve. We appreciate your consideration.
For more information about Butterfield Trail Village or the BTV Foundation, please call (479) 695-8056.