The Bruderhof founded the Spring Valley settlement as a sister community to New Meadow Run when it became time to expand. Our community is a mix of families and singles, young and old, who live, work, and worship together. Bruderhof children attend our elementary school, while adults work within the community, including for a workshop from the Community Playthings and Rifton Equipment businesses. The Spring Valley and New Meadow Run settlements are just across the highway from each other, and members travel the pedestrian tunnel beneath the highway to see each other.
We are located along a stream in the rural and picturesque Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania on National Pike/Route 40. Visitors to this area frequent Fort Necessity National Battlefield, the site of George Washington’s first battle; Falling Water, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece house; and Ohiopyle State Park for whitewater rafting. Our settlement, at a two-thousand-foot elevation, has apartment buildings, an elementary school, dining hall, workshop, and sweeping lawns and gardens. While New Meadow Run and Spring Valley each have a full set of facilities, members often work and take meals at the other location, and the communities have many combined activities and meetings.
Connecting with Neighbors:
We regularly welcome friends and neighbors for communal dinner on Saturday evenings, and we host seasonal, public events throughout the year. Local outreach and community service is integrated into our daily work and schedule, as we feel it’s important to connect with people and initiatives in our region that promote community building. Outreach is also integral to our children’s educational experience. We participate in the local food bank, join local churches in their events, and network with other intentional communities in the area. We also enjoy visiting with our homebound neighbors.
Point of Interest:
In 1987, when the New Meadow Run settlement was looking to expand, our Spring Valley property came up for sale. It was already very familiar to New Meadow Run because the neighbors ran it as a sort of game preserve, and our children had always enjoyed visiting the property to see the exotic deer, game birds, trout hatchery – even bears and a roaring lion!
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