Our settlement is made up of a mix of families and singles, young and old, who live, work, and worship together. Bruderhof children attend our elementary school. Many adults work on the property. The Bellvale community runs the distribution center for the Rifton Equipment and Community Playthings businesses. The distribution center is located at an industrial park in Chester, where many of our members also work.
The Bellvale community is located in New York’s southern Orange County, near the New Jersey border. We are surrounded by forested hills and are lucky to have a scenic pond in the middle of our grounds. Most of our buildings were originally built as a home and school for troubled boys, established by a Catholic order in the late 1950s. The buildings now provide the Bruderhof with apartments, offices, an elementary school, a communal dining room, kitchen, and chapel.
Connecting with Neighbors:
We extend an open invitation to friends and neighbors to dine with us most Saturday evenings. Several times throughout the year we host seasonal events open to the public, such as a family fun day. We often combine efforts with area municipalities, churches, or community clubs to work on service projects, which helps build community in many directions. Our children also provide companionship at local nursing homes. And Bellvale members enjoy the events the region has to offer, such as the Warwick Applefest and Sugarloaf’s Fall Festival.
Point of Interest:
Only an hour’s drive from Manhattan, our property borders the Appalachian Trail, providing magnificent hikes right outside our back door.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
The Bruderhof has an open-door policy. No matter who you are, we are delighted to meet and spend time with you. All Bruderhof communities host both drop-in and overnight guests every week. Some visits are purely social; others are deep explorations of faith and possible membership. Some visits involve ice cream and horse-cart rides; others revolve around spiritual conversations and guidance. Whatever your visit will be, we look forward to getting to know you!Visit Us
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