Bethel, New York: Woodstock Festival SiteStand and look over a peaceful field once filled with unwashed, music-loving hippies. It happened in August 1969, nowhere near the town of Woodstock, a directional bane to generations of later tourists.
- 236 Hurd Rd, Bethel, NY
- Hwy 17B, north side, five miles east of Fosterdale, or ten miles west of Hwy 17 exit 104. Turn north at Hurd Rd for one mile. The marker is on the southeast corner of Hurd and West Shore Rds, behind a line of tall hedges and beneath an American flag.
Woodstock Monument: Wayne "Woodstock" Saward, who in 1984 designed and sculpted the 5.5-ton Woodstock monument in Bethel, New York, has died at age 52. [03/30/2009] Complete Story...
Visitor Tips and News About Woodstock Festival Site
The Woodstock Museum on Bethel Woods grounds is excellent and worth the $15/ person fee. If you're at the monument, there's a flat gravelly area downhill from it that was the location of the stage, bottom center to the large grassy "bowl." Museum is at the top. Free easy parking. Convenient facilities, too.[Hal Clarke, 09/22/2012]
The site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival that featured Janis Joplin; Jimi Hendrix; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; and dozens of other musical groups.[Erik Lander, 03/09/2007]
The slab appears to have been repainted many times in its relatively short life (for a slab, anyway). Vandals pry off paint chips as souvenirs.