Ours is the second Bruderhof settlement established in New York State, just five miles away from our Woodcrest location. We are a large, interdependent community made up of families and singles of all ages. The Community Playthings business is based here, and our members work in the workshop in addition to their other duties. Our location also runs the Bruderhof’s Breaking the Cycle program, which delivers anti-bullying and conflict resolution assemblies to middle schools and high schools in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Easily accessible from Interstate 87, Maple Ridge is located in the Hudson Valley halfway between New York City and Albany, just a couple miles west of the Hudson River and the Esopus Meadow Preserve. Our property, which includes an old apple orchard and former lodge, sits at the base of the three-hundred-foot-high Hussey Hill, from which we can view the majestic Hudson River. Our settlement also has several residential apartment buildings, an elementary school, a dining hall, and a workshop. A garden and greenhouse provide the Maple Ridge members with fresh produce year-round.
It’s important for us that our children be involved in interacting with our neighbors. Several times a year, the kids will help host public school groups that visit Maple Ridge to enjoy maple sapping, horse-cart rides, wildlife, playing fields, the stream, and the nature preserve. Children are also involved in our work with local soup kitchens, helping to prepare and serve produce from our farm. Adult Bruderhof members have an active ministry at the Ulster County jail, visiting inmates, listening, and offering hope. Throughout the year we invite friends and neighbors to join us for Saturday dinners or longer visits, and we participate in bigger community events, such as the annual Messiah Sing-In held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kingston.
Point of Interest:
On our property, we have a 1840s house, which has been renovated by our high school students. In the old days, Wild Flower Lane was the name of a thoroughfare that passed by the house. African American abolitionist and orator Sojourner Truth, who was born and spent much of her life in this area, would have traveled back and forth along this thoroughfare in the early 1800s.
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