Fox Hill Community • Walden, NY

Contact Information

Fox Hill
151 Bowne Dr.
Walden, NY 12586
United States

Visiting? Use our entrance at
80 Coleman Rd.
Montgomery, NY 12549

Tel: 845-778-7561

Email:  foxhill@bruderhof.com

Established: 1999

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About Us:
Fox Hill is similar to other large Bruderhof settlements, made up of a lively mix of families and singles, young and old, who live, work, and worship together. Bruderhof children attend our elementary school, and adults work within the settlement, including a workshop for Community Playthings. Plough Publishing House is also run from here.

Setting:
Located about seventy-five miles north of New York City near the village of Walden, the Fox Hill Bruderhof community is set among rolling fields that used to be horse and dairy farms. The sprawling property has two small lakes, low areas, and high lookouts with expansive views of the Hudson Highlands to the east; to the west we can see the Catskill Mountains and Shawangunk Ridge. On the property you’ll see several apartment buildings and communal buildings, such as the dining hall, the laundry, the elementary school, and the Community Playthings workshop. Gravel roads connect the residences and other buildings. We do a lot of walking! And when we’re in the mood to go jogging, we utilize an old, half-mile horseracing track, maintained for that purpose.

"Bruderhof For a Day" - First Saturday of Every Month:
Here at Fox Hill, we host a day of work, fun, and conversation on the first Saturday of every month, from noon until 8 or 9 p.m. We call it "Bruderhof For a Day" and the idea is to let you participate in the daily life of our century-old Christian community. There is no fee, but space is limited; up to 15 participants join us each month. Interested in bringing your kids, coming with a group of friends, staying overnight or for the whole weekend? Just let us know when you sign up. We’re glad to accommodate whenever possible. If you have questions, call us at (845) 778-7561, or email foraday@bruderhof.com, or just go ahead and sign up on our main Visitor page

Here’s a rough schedule of what you can expect during the day:

  • 12:00 Welcome. Light lunch and introductions
  • 1:00 Work. Mulching raspberries, clearing brush, or working in the vegetable garden
  • 3:00 Fun. Volleyball, soccer, frisbee, socializing...
  • 5:00 Conversation. Discussion with members of the Fox Hill Bruderhof
  • 6:30 Food. Share a meal with all of us at Fox Hill (about 200 people), as well as members of the wider community
  • 8:00 More Fun. Folk dancing... Campfire... Singing... A chance to exchange thoughts and end the day together
  • Connecting with Neighbors:
    Though we are in a relatively secluded setting, our proximity to the village of Walden encourages active participation in village life, where we attend local festivals, farmers markets, and holiday parades. We help out at food pantries and with the Meals on Wheels run by Orange County Office for the Aging. We join with area churches for interfaith services and work projects. Many local elementary schools visit us during maple sapping season. And Fox Hill hosts seasonal events open to the public, such as Christmas caroling and a fall barbeque. As always, visitors are welcome at our Saturday night communal dinners for friendship and conversation.

    Point of Interest:
    Part of our property is used for raising cows, and Fox Hill provides the beef for all the New York Bruderhof locations.

    Resident's Voices:
    Several current residents describe life at the Fox Hill Bruderhof:

    AlinaMcPherson

    Alina M: What I love about living at Fox Hill (I’ve been here four years) is that I have a lot of chances to get to know people in our area and attend local events. When we have open days here we get hundreds of friends and neighbors joining us. Several of us also run a Bible study at a nearby jail and I’ve found that a very rewarding experience. I’m editor of the Voices blog on the Bruderhof website and shoot videos for the Bruderhof YouTube channel. Fox Hill is a rural intentional community, but we’re just off I-84 and twenty minutes from the Beacon Metro station, so it’s easy to visit us. Our community hosts the monthly “Bruderhof for a Day” events, but if that doesn’t fit your schedule, you are welcome to drop by any time.

    JakeHofer

    Jake H: I am thirty-five and live at the Fox Hill community in the mid-Hudson Valley with my wife and three young daughters. I am a physician and work in our medical office, which cares for the members of this intentional community. Our family has lived here for seven years and have fallen in love with its wide-open spaces, large fields, and rolling hills. Fox Hill is near to several towns, which allows us to make use of the available services such as hospitals, public transportation, and bowling alleys. It also allows us to interact a lot with our neighbors. And I love spending time with my kids in nature: skating and sledding in winter, maple sapping in the springtime, swimming in summer, and jumping into piles of leaves in the fall!

    ChristinaBurnett

    Christina B: For the last four and a half years my husband, Bob, and I have been living in a Christian community here in Walden, NY. The open sky with its vibrant sunrises and sunsets, the Catskills to the north, the Shawangunks to the west, and the broad, ever-changing Hudson River to the east, and of course all of the people in between, make this a wonderful place to try to build up God’s kingdom. I work part of the day at Fox Hill’s front desk and am able to talk with folks all around the globe. I love being with people, and I’ve discovered that the thrill of communal living means sorrows are halved but joys are multiplied many times over.

    Fox Hill Events

    Bruderhof for a Day At Fox Hill

    Dec 1 Open Day

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