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Historical Society of Woodstock
Overlook Fire Tower
Woodstock Benches
Kaleidoworld at Emerson Place
Parker Holden
Woodstock Waterfall Park
Opus 40
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
Woodstock Museum

Historical Society of Woodstock
History of WoodstockHistorical Society of Woodstock

20 Comeau Drive
Woodstock, NY 12498

The Historical Society of Woodstock (HSW) was founded in 1929 by a group of artists, writers, academics and local citizens. The Society is committed to supporting the collection and preserving the history and traditions of Woodstock. In addition to the exhibition space, located at the historic Eames House, the HSW has an extensive permanent collection of works of art, books and manuscripts, photos, textiles, film and sound recordings, antique tools and other objects. The collection serves as a resource for exhibitions, public programs and research projects.

The Eames House is open Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. during the summer and fall.

Kaleidoworld Kaleidoworld at Emerson Place
at Emerson Place

146 Mount Pleasant Road
Mount Tremper, NY 12457
(845) 688-5800

The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope is at Emerson Place! Marvel at the ever-changing colors as they dance across the ceiling of a converted barn silo. Put to music, this light show extravaganza captivates audiences with a rainbow of colors and sounds that is truly magical. Visit the adjacent Kaleidostore, featuring more than 100 different kaleidoscopes, and bring home part of the experience. Open Friday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5:30p.m. Cost: Adults $7.00 Children under 12 are free.

Opus 40 Opus 40
The Quarryman's Museum

7480 Fite Rd.
Saugerties NY 12477
(845) 246-3400

Opus 40 is an immense composition of finely fitted stone, rising in ramps and swirling terraces around pools and trees and fountains out of the rock bed of an abandoned bluestone quarry. It spreads out over more than six acres.

It is the product of more thirty-seven years of a man's life. His name was Harvey Fite. He worked alone, using his hands and traditional quarryman's tools, to build his masterpiece: Opus 40.

Opus 40, a not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for its maintenance, for opening to the public, and for presenting arts programs.

Overlook Fire Tower Overlook Fire Tower
Overlook Mountain

Woodstock NY 12498
(845) 679-2580

For information, contact Dick Voloshen - June 1 thru Oct. 13, 11am to 4pm.


The tower on Overlook Mountain (el. 3,140 feet) is the newest of the five remaining fire towers in the Catskill Park, having been at its present location since only 1950. However, the tower itself is much older as it was originally constructed in 1927 on Gallis Hill, just west of Kingston. The Overlook tower reaches 60' in height, and offers incredible views of the Hudson River valley, the Ashokan Reservoir, and the Devil's Path. Along with the Balsam Lake Mountain Tower, Overlook closed in 1988.

Overlook Mountain is surely one of the most interesting in all of the Catskills. Its close proximity to Woodstock has made it a popular destination for tourists. Although the Overlook Mountain Wild Forest only covers 590 acres, its rocky slopes make for a very interesting day hike. In addition to providing a habitat for the timber rattlesnake, a protected species that only lives in one other area of the Catskills, the summit is covered with red oaks (trees usually found on lower slopes and in valleys, not 3,100' above sea level), and some red spruce/balsam fir trees (those typical over 3,300'). In 1871, the Overlook Mountain House opened its doors to guests, joining numerous others in the Catskills. This hotel had the distinction of being the highest, at 2,920'. The Mountain House could house 300 guests and, despite burning down twice, prospered until around the time of the stock market crash. In the following years, it was rebuilt (but never opened to guests) and eventually looted and abandoned, leaving the ruins that can still be seen along the trail.

The open ledges around Overlook's summit and exposed bedrock along the trail offer many clues about the geologic history of the Catskills. An open, south-facing rock ledge just prior to reaching the tower, offers some of the most spectacular views of how the Hudson Valley abruptly changes into the Catskill Mountains. One trip up Overlook and you will realize why this mountain was the focus of many works by famous Hudson River School painters in the 1800s.

Woodstock Farm Animal SanctuaryWoodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

35 Van Wagner Road
Woodstock, NY 12498
(845) 679-5955

Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains in the town made famous for peace and music, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary provides shelter to cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, and goats who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Woodstock Waterfall Park Woodstock Waterfall Park Logo

8d Tannery Brook Road
Woodstock, NY 12498

Overlooking the beautiful Tannery Brook Waterfall in the heart of Woodstock, NY

Where once a tannery operated, this sculpted rock ledge and pristine waterfall over which the Tannery Brook flows has been a hidden jewel for many years. Long at the center of Woodstock life as it travels through the heart of Woodstock, Tannery Brook represents Woodstock's evolution from the destruction of 19th century industrialization to the communal and environmental quality of Woodstock life today.

Constructed on land generously donated by Lila and Norman Bacon and built with the assistance of the Town of Woodstock, the Woodstock Waterfall Park is dedicated to the citizens of Woodstock with acknowledgment of our shared history and as a symbol of commitment to our environmental future.


Old Photo of Tannery Brook Waterfall


1. To bring an educational awareness of the rich history that the Tannery Brook has played in Woodstock, since its early days to the present.

2. To inspire communion with nature and the rejuvenating experience if offers.

3. To enhance our community through beautification.

4. To enhance our community through communal spaces.

5. To enhance our local community's business ecology.

It is with loving hands, that so many Woodstockers have participated in and have touched this wonderful project. It has been three years in the making.

Woodstock Benches

Steve Heller Woodstock Benches by Steve Heller

My father called himself an antique dealer, but in reality he was a junk collector. After his death in 1987, my mother asked me to remove the piles of metal he had accumulated over the years. On my way to the town dump, I looked in the rear-view mirror and realized that these seemingly unusable scraps were really a gold mine. I began to weld them together that summer, and have found that my father certainly had a good eye.

- Steve Heller

Parker Holden Woodstock Benches Parker Holden


Parker accomplished his goal. By following his path, he learned to forgive, to accept and to love. He left his mark on this world through his art, poetry and the people he came into contact with. Parker’s poems are a living legacy. It was his last self-challenge before he was diagnosed with cancer.


Woodstock Museum Woodstock Museum

13 (Charles) Bach Rd.
Saugerties, NY 12477
(845) 246-0600

Woodstock Museum is 501(c)3 non-profit organization chartered by the New York State Board of Regents since 1999. We explore the Spirit of Woodstock: the town, the festivals and the notion. Woodstock is the culminating symbol of the explosive 1960s. Our “Hipstory” film shows Woodstock festivals from early Maverick days to ‘69, ’94 and the 30th anniversary in 1999 (Rome, NY or “the fall of Rome”).

We are “Back in the Garden” with sustainable energy: a Helen & Scott Nearing organic garden, solar electric and hot water systems, a natural non-toxic swimming pool, tipi and Native American sweat lodge. Visit our hippie bus. Special exhibits on the ‘60s & ‘70s. Learn about Woodstock’s sister village connection in Nimbin, Australia. The hippies recycled a town after the Aquarius Festival of 1973.

Special group events can be arranged to see our multi-image “’60s Revelation” light show. and workshops on tie dying, bead-making and Native Amercan crafts & lore.

We welcome schools, camps and tourist groups. Camping is available.

Admission by donation.



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