A NY premier cidery with wedding venue & guest house
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The Team @ Seminary Hill

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Douglas Doetsch

Founder & CEO

Douglas has a passion for cider combined with a unique relationship to the land.

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Michael Philips

COC (Chief Orchard Consultant) 

Michael is a national authority on holistically-run apple orchards, with over five publications and 30 years of professional experience.

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Chris Negronida

CCM (Chief Cider Maker)

Chris has been a cider maker at multiple premium cider operations in the Finger Lakes region.


James Hartford


James architected our Cider Barn based on Passiv Haus principals. He has designed and helped oversee multiple similar projects.

Bill Hess

Orchard Manager

Bill is the steward of the orchard and runs day-to-day operations. Hailing from Callicoon and raised on a farm, he has a intimate knowledge of the land and people that make Seminary Hill so special.

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reuben doetsch

Operations Director

While he's based in Brooklyn as a start-up junkie, Reuben's heart is always at Seminary Hill. He coordinates rentals and weddings at the properties.