The Brotherhood of the New Life

Thursday, May 18, 2023 | 7PM


This illustrated lecture provides a look at the complex history of the Brocton property now known as Vine Cliff and its time as the site of a “religious cult” called The Brotherhood of the New Life.


Jeff Adams and a group of researchers have explored the cult’s charismatic leader, Thomas Lake Harris, and the varying reports of its purpose and operation, which range from grape-growing and wine-making to guiding a quest for spiritual fulfillment, in order to better understand the impact of this community on the citizens of Brocton and Portland.


The Brotherhood of the New Life sect, which occupied more than 2000 acres in Brocton, attracted a wide range of believers including British aristocracy, orthodox clergy, and even Japanese samurai students.


Adams and Catherine Oag-Miller, archivist for the D.R. Barker History Museum, will give this presentation, along with the current owner of the property, who will discuss his plans for its future.


Free Admission (Donations Accepted).



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