Woodcrest Community • Rifton, NY

Contact Information

Woodcrest
101 Woodcrest Drive
Rifton, NY 12471
United States
Tel: 845-658-7700
Email:  woodcrest@bruderhof.com

Population: 320
Established: 1954

Want to learn more?
Contact Us!

About Us:
Woodcrest is the oldest Bruderhof community in the United States. We are similar to other large settlements in that we are made up of a lively mix of families and singles, young and old. Bruderhof children attend our elementary school, and adults work within the settlement.

Setting:

Easily accessible from Interstate 87, Woodcrest is located about ninety miles north of New York City in the bucolic Hudson Valley. We enjoy stunning views of the Catskill Mountains and the Shawangunk Ridge. On our Ulster County acreage we have apartment buildings and other common buildings, including an elementary school, laundry facility, medical clinic, dining hall, and administrative offices. A workshop for the Rifton Equipment business is located here. And down the road you’ll find our mostly organic farm, which provides the majority of Woodcrest’s produce.

Connecting with Neighbors:
We regularly welcome friends and neighbors for communal dinner on Saturday evenings, and we host seasonal, public events throughout the year, such as a summer barbecue and carol singing around Christmas. During the summer, children from the local Boys and Girls Club come to enjoy gardening and outdoor games. In conjunction with local towns or nonprofits, you might find us repairing a bridge, building a playground, or replacing a roof. Woodcrest is also blessed to be located near the eight-thousand-acre Mohonk Preserve, a true New York jewel; we help maintain trails and participate in mountain bike safety patrols on weekends.

Point of Interest:
Over the years, our elementary students have built a straw-bale house to experiment with alternative building methods and sustainability.

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

Request a visit

Voices Blog

book cover collage

Quick Reads for July 2017

by

As Christians we believe in the goodness of others, and at first, for a while, we thought that maybe ISIS were good people and that we should not think badly about them. Even when they started asking people to leave Mosul at the end of July –...

Continue
poster from the military

Who Would Have Stopped Hitler?

by

As a Christian pacifist, I am often asked what I think about just war. For example, recent terrorist attacks in London beg the question, Don’t we have to take military action against such extremists? How can I believe that war is never justified?...

Continue
Derrick in Spring Valley

Ninety Minutes To Live: An Encounter with a Death Row Survivor

by

We asked Derrick to share his story with us, but none of us were prepared to hear the shocking and graphic details of what it feels like to be sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit; what it’s like to witness most of his friends meet a...

Continue