Hiwassee Community • Madisonville, TN

Although COVID has limited our outreach efforts, we’re doing what we can safely and look forward to when we can pick up full steam where we left off.

About us:
Hiwassee is the newest Bruderhof location. We are very happy to be able to start a community here on the campus of the former Hiwassee College, which was operated in association with the Methodist Church. We look forward to refurbishing and making use of the college buildings as more families become a part of the community, and hope eventually to have a small elementary school and workshop as part of our community operations.

Setting:
Madisonville is a city of about five thousand near the Unicoi Mountains, which are part of the famed Blue Ridge mountains. This region was originally settled by Cherokee and the name “Hiwassee” is derived from the Cherokee word “Ayuhwasi” meaning “large meadow”. The Hiwassee campus includes a library, community center, chapel, gym, and stables in addition to residential houses.

Connecting with neighbors:
John Burleson, one of four Bruderhof members who stayed on the campus while the sale was arranged, says they have been warmly welcomed into the neighborhood: “People here couldn’t be nicer. My wife and I are really looking forward to putting down roots in Madisonville and making new friends. One thing we have particularly appreciated is meeting alumni of the college and hearing their fond memories. I know it was difficult for many people to see the college close, but we are inspired to begin building community again, both on the property itself and within the wider community that has welcomed us so warmly.” 

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to meet and learn more about our plans for the Hiwassee Community.

Contact Information

225 Hiwassee College Dr
Madisonville, TN 37354
United States

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