Woodcrest Bruderhof (Rifton, New York, USA)

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Woodcrest, the oldest settlement of Bruderhof Communities, is located near the junction of New York State High­ways 32 and 213, three miles west of Rifton, about 70 miles north of New York City. It was established early in the summer of 1954 on a woodland tract of 96 acres with about a dozen buildings available for use, to which were added three apartment dwellings, a nursery, and a Center House to replace the Carriage House that burned in 1957. Other buildings served as schoolhouse, a shop, sewing room, laundry, or other maintenance functions. The household, including resident guests and children, com­prised about 230 in the late 1950s, about 300 in 2017. Living expenses are met from the sale of Community Playthings (quality, educational toys made of wood, sold primarily to schools) and Rifton Equipment for the Handicapped.

In 2018 the Woodcrest Community was a Bruderhof Community.

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Rifton, New York, U.S.A. (coordinates: 41.82 -74.049444 [41°49'12"N 74°02'58"W])


101 Woodcrest Drive, Rifton, NY 12471 United States



Author(s) Bernhard Bargen
Emmy Maendel
Bert Friesen
Date Published February 2019

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Bargen, Bernhard, Emmy Maendel and Bert Friesen. "Woodcrest Bruderhof (Rifton, New York, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. February 2019. Web. 31 Jul 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Woodcrest_Bruderhof_(Rifton,_New_York,_USA)&oldid=163307.

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Bargen, Bernhard, Emmy Maendel and Bert Friesen. (February 2019). Woodcrest Bruderhof (Rifton, New York, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 July 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Woodcrest_Bruderhof_(Rifton,_New_York,_USA)&oldid=163307.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 976. All rights reserved.

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