Jehovah’s Witnesses recently added another property to their real estate portfolio. This property acquisition took place in spite of complaints in their publications and on their online video channel that the organization has suffered from a nagging shortage of funds.
In February 2015, the Watchtower purchased the new property to support their Audio/Video Center at the Watchtower Educational Center in nearby Patterson, N.Y.
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. negotiated the purchase of the property in Westchester/Fairfield County in New York state at a price reported to be just over $6 million. The property has been described as being over 11 acres and includes existing office and warehouse facilities. The site is on Mount Ebo Road South.
Those close to the Watchtower organization have indicated that the property’s primary use will be the production of video and other media. In recent years, the Watchtower has reduced distribution of printed materials and expanded its use of electronic and Internet-based media. Their historic methods of distribution over the past century centered around magazines and books printed in the Watchtower’s own printing and binding facilities.
The Watchtower’s video production has been originated and edited at their Patterson, New York offices.
For decades the Watchtower organization’s emphasis was primarily on door-to-door and street corner distribution of their printed magazines, books, and pamphlets. However, in recent years the organization has switched to publicizing and promoting video-based presentations and less on printed materials. Jehovah’s Witnesses now use their tablet computers and cell phones to enhance their presentations to non-Witnesses willing to listen to their message.