Woodstock Historic Site

Discover the many ways you can experience the past in the present at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

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As stewards of the historic site, Bethel Woods continues to discover, develop, and preserve the integrity of these sacred grounds

 

Cultural Landscape Report

In 2014, The Museum at Bethel Woods commissioned a Cultural Landscape Report to serve as a guide for stewardship and interpretation of the Woodstock festival historic site. Historic landscape architecture firm Heritage Landscapes, LLC performed studies of the site to create the report, which summarizes the history, current conditions, and recommended treatments of the historic property. Following the report, Bethel Woods is working to preserve a landmark of popular culture and bringing the place to life as an exciting destination for visitors to explore.

View the Cultural Landscape Report

cultural landscape report at bethel woods

Funding for the CLR was made possible in part by grants from Jeff Bank Foundation; National Trust for Historic Preservation; The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation; and Preservation League of New York State; and generous support from Jeffrey Allison and James Lomax, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Boyd, Mr. and Mrs. Ric Coombe, Donald F. Dembert, Robyn Gerry and children, the Grillo Family, the Fishman Family and Majestic Drug Company, Steve and Sue Marton, and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Schor.


National Register

In 2017 the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival was officially placed on the National Register of Historic Places, a formal acknowledgment of the significance of the site’s heritage. Members of the National Register benefit from protections and grant opportunities for preservation as well as historic recognition, joining the ranks of national treasures such as the Empire State Building, the Grand Canyon, and the Statue of Liberty. Historic sites like this one bring people together and give meaning to our shared experiences.

Archaeology Preserves Woodstock Festival Site

When you think about archaeological digs, your mind might slip to the sand-covered landscapes of Egypt, or the ancient sites of long-dead civilizations. However, archaeology can interpret and uncover the more recent past, as is the case at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

In 2018, a team of archaeologists from the Public Archaeology Facility at Binghamton University led a series of micro-excavations to establish the location of the stage, sound, and light towers from the festival. Using computer-assisted design maps, archaeologists sought out soil disturbances, discolorations and other evidence to pinpoint the outline of key festival landmarks, including the main stage, performers’ footbridge and the towers.

Today, guests to the museum can explore these landmarks with one of our docent-led tours of the historic grounds. Sign up when you visit The Museum at Bethel Woods.

Bindy Bazaaar Reborn

The Bindy Bazaar woods is located across Hurd Road from the festival field. Restored pathways offer visitors the opportunity to explore what was once an important vending area and crossroads of the Woodstock Festival. The famous, hand-painted directional signs marking trails as “High Way,” “Groovy Way,” and “Gentle Path” have been reproduced and hang in the woods. The first leg of the Bindy Bazaar Trails opened in summer 2019 to visitors, and will continue to expand as preservation efforts progress.

Woodstock festival monument at the historic site
Woodstock message tree

Woodstock Message Tree

couple standing in front of the Woodstock monument

Now Open: Meet Me At Woodstock

Meet Me At Woodstock is an augmented reality tour that gives guests the chance to experience the history of the Woodstock festival first-hand. Led by the voices of Nick and Bobbi Ercoline – the couple featured on the cover of the Woodstock album who are volunteers at Bethel Woods -  the tour uses audio narratives, ambient sounds, and augmented reality to immerse visitors in the iconic 1969 festival. Relive the legendary moments as a member of the 450,000 person crowd.

Tours are $5.00 with your museum ticket, or $8.00 standalone. Each unit will be sanitized between uses.

Learn more about Meet Me at Woodstock here.

Meet Me At Woodstock is made possible by American Express, with additional funding provided by Empire State Development. Developed in partnership with Antenna International and Earprint Immersive.

The Future of Preservation

Plans for future projects include restoring the landscape contours of the field where the Woodstock stage stood and marking the footprints of the stage and other key structures on the field. Expansion of the Bindy Bazaar trails is also in the works. The addition of interpretive signage to the site will enhance the visitor experience and provide key facts about Woodstock and its place in the landscape.

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