New Meadow Run Community • Farmington, PA

Contact Information

New Meadow Run
101 New Meadow Run Dr.
Farmington, PA 15437
United States
Tel: 724-329-8573
Email:  newmeadowrun@bruderhof.com

Established: 1957

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About Us:
New Meadow Run is a long-established community, made up of families and singles, young and old, who live, work, and worship together. Bruderhof children attend our elementary school. Adults work within the community, including at the Community Playthings workshop. Just across the highway from New Meadow run is the Bruderhof’s Spring Valley community. The close proximity of the two settlements means members participate in many joint activities – a pedestrian tunnel beneath the highway lets members walk back and forth between the two locations any time during the day.

Setting:
We are located along a large 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. At an elevation of two thousand feet, our community is on the site of the former Gorley’s Lake Hotel. Like the Bruderhof’s other large settlements, we have 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:
The property was originally named Oak Lake, but we changed the name in 1965 when we drained the lake for child safety, resulting in beautiful streamside meadows.

Resident's Voices:
Several current residents describe life at the New Meadow Run Bruderhof:

BenWright

Ben W: I’m a busy forty-year-old dad of five young kids, ages twelve to two. My wife, Mira, and I met fifteen years ago here at New Meadow Run, an intentional Christian community. We feel privileged to be raising our family in this scenic part of rural southwestern Pennsylvania. Our family hobbies include gardening, keeping bees, and attempting to train our new puppy! We’re surrounded by mountains and trout streams but are also close enough to Uniontown (a mid-size city) that our sons can visit the local soup kitchen with their class and I can attend Bible Study at the county jail. We always come home knowing how lucky we are: not only to have our needs met but to be living together with people who care about us. And we can try to love in return.

PedroCavanna

Pedro C: I have been a teacher all my life, and now at 70 years I am still teaching – and loving it. I teach the 2nd grade here at the New Meadow Run community, an intentional community of about 200 individuals. The New Meadow Run community is in the mountains in the western part of Pennsylvania. I moved here about 9 months ago with my wife Esther. Our seven children all have their own families and we have the joy of living with one of them here at New Meadow Run. When I am not teaching I enjoy interacting with the other residents of the community. This area is quite different from the area in NY State where I previously lived. It is good to get to know the people of the wider community at Saturday dinners, which are open to anyone in the area. I like the barn here at New Meadow Run community with its horses, pigs, cows, and sheep. I particularly enjoy taking the school children for horse rides, and now in the winter also sleigh rides. An extra special event for me and my wife was the arrival of our 19th grandchild, Kent. This has also been a cause for celebration for the whole community. Living together in community gives an opportunity for members not only to enjoy such events, but also to support the family in practical ways such as babysitting and cooking meals while Mum and Dad are getting adjusted to the new addition to the family.

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