Platte Clove Community • Elka Park, NY

About Us: The huge building that seems to dominate our community was once a resort hotel built by the New York Police Department in 1921 as a “Police Recreation Center.” Although many former police officers may remember the bar, casino, and ballroom that closed in 1983, the building is completely transformed. In the mornings the halls are filled with the scent of frying eggs and the sounds of children and alarm clocks. When using the stairs, you might have to stand aside for a parent with a pile of dirty clothes heading down to the communal laundry, or a child with a bin of empty containers and soda cans on their way to the recycling center.

Setting: Kaaterskill Falls and the Platte Clove gorge are right below us. On summer Sundays some of us cool our feet in the frothing clear streams, stand under the waterfalls, and bask in the green sunlight filtering through the fir trees. Around our houses we see a range of peaks including Hunter, the popular skiing destination. The mountains display dazzling colors in fall and many of them are within hiking distance from our front doors. We also have our own lake stocked with trout that provide a pair of bald eagles with daily lunch.

Connecting with Neighbors: Local outreach and community service is part of our daily work and schedule. Activities like visiting local nursing homes, attending local events, donating extra vegetables to the food pantry, volunteering with the NY/NJ trail conference maintaining hiking trails in the nearby Catskill Mountains are examples of ways we try to connect with the people and initiatives in our region. 

Points of Interest: Rip Van Winkle was wandering in the mountains right around here when he encountered some ghosts with a really effective soporific. Although we can assure you both Rip and the spooks are now resting in peace, Rip’s fame lives on as local bridges, country clubs, ranches and breweries have been named for him. Also those who remember the summer of ’69 will be glad to know that Woodstock, as always filled with peace and love, and now with unique businesses and art galleries as well, is just twenty minutes down the road.

Meet some of the people who live at Platte Clove:
Leon Page

Leon: My wife and our three children have lived at Platte Clove in the Catskill Mountains of New York for ten years. We enjoy the beautiful surroundings in any season, with plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, swimming, and winter sports. I spend most of my work day doing software development and computer support for our community businesses. I’m always looking for chances to connect with our neighbors in the locale or to spend time with visitors from further afield. There are also many families and singles who live in Christian community here at Platte Clove. There’s always something to look forward to, be it an event hosted by the school children or a chance to get together and make music.

Louise Boller

Louise: I have lived here at Platte Clove for over ten years, where I spend much of my day caring for the younger children. This intentional community is blessed to have a stream and woods so near that the children can be out in nature every day. My work also includes cleaning the old Police Camp hotel building, which has now become the central building for our community. The beauty of creation in the mountains is refreshing to the soul. The neighbors are easy to befriend and there are always lots of hikers to meet on the surrounding state trails.

Belinda Horning

Belinda: Hi! I’m Belinda. I’ve lived at this hilltop Bruderhof with my husband and four kids for the last year and a half. I work as a teacher, school secretary and (in between) full-time mom! Our location here in the rugged Catskill Mountains of New York gives our communal living a particularly robust and blustery character. When cabin fever threatens, a hike to nearby Huckleberry Point reminds me that the panoramic Hudson Valley stretches close at hand. Some of my best days have been spent on backroad bike rides with my husband and groups of junior-high students from our school. One highlight was a day-bike of seventy-seven miles last summer, complete with sweeping vistas, a few 400 foot climbs, and frequent fistfuls of energy food. Euphoria overrode any weariness until we arrived home to learn the evening agenda: communal blueberry picking in the high, sloping berry patch … all hands on deck!

Daryl and Karisa Mercer

Daryl and Karisa: Hi, we are Daryl and Karisa Mercer, and we’ve been living at the Platte Clove Community for six years. We were married here, and now have two lively children. Located in the Catskill Mountains of southeastern New York, Platte Clove is known for its long snowy winters and fresh beautiful summers. In summer, our community dines outdoors and has campfires under the stars. Daryl and I both have office jobs, but if you can’t find us there, come look for us in the barn. Our family enjoys raising several beef and dairy cows, which provide some of the meat and milk for the community. One thing we love about living in an intentional, educational community is that hands-on work is highly valued. Seeing their daily chores of helping muck out and feed the cows rewarded in the form of fresh milk or delicious steak instills in our children a sense of pride in a job well done. And when the chores are done, there are mountains to climb, woods to explore, and a cold clear lake to swim in!

Contact Information

Platte Clove
2255 Platte Clove Rd.
Elka Park, NY 12427
United States
Tel: 518-589-5103

Established: 1990

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