Our Story

Photo credit Sy Balsen

Welcome to the Malden Bridge Community Center Website!

The Malden Bridge Community Center is located in a beautiful historic hamlet in New York State’s Husdon River Valley. The building currently serving as the community center was for many years the Wesley United Methodist Church. The church was legally organized Feb. 22 1834. A chapel was erected on Waterman Lippitt’s land in 1835. See the history of the Malden Bridge Methodist Episcopal Church.

The title of the former Wesley United Methodist Church of Malden Bridge was transferred to the ownership of the Malden Bridge Community Center, Inc. in 2009 under section 402 of the not-for-profit Corporation Law of the State of New York and was granted 501(c)(3) status. A Board of Directors consisting of volunteer members of the community were elected and memberships and other donations have supported the basic needs of the center, i.e. insurance, heating and electrical power.

It is our hope that residents use the community center for personal and community gatherings. The center operates on a first come basis for any date for events; however there are several regularly scheduled through each week/month which are open to the public.  We regularly encourage area residents to use the center for educational and artistic purposes including classes, art shows and performances as well as commercial meetings and events or private functions such as large parties as well as being a proper setting for weddings, funerals and/or receptions. A kitchen and pantry are available for use as a staging area for catered meals or to prepare and serve modest meals. The facility is disabled accessible and holds up to ninety-nine (99) people at any one event.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Community Center at Malden Bridge is twofold: to provide a facility that welcomes the involvement and interests of all members of the surrounding community in an inclusive and affordable format, and to preserve our historic building, which was erected in 1835.