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.
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.
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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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