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Woodstock, New York

Woodstock, New York
Town hall on NY 212
Town hall on NY 212
U.S. Census map
U.S. Census map
Woodstock is located in New York
Location within the state of New York
Country United States
State New York
County Ulster
 • Total 67.8 sq mi (175.7 km2)
 • Land 67.3 sq mi (174.3 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
Elevation 1,444 ft (440 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,884
 • Density 88/sq mi (33.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 12498
Area code(s) 845
FIPS code 36-83052[1]
GNIS feature ID 0979655[2]
Website .org.woodstocknywww

Woodstock is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. The population was 5,884 at the 2010 census,[3] down from 6,241 at the 2000 census. Woodstock is in the northern part of the county, northwest of Kingston, and lies within the borders of the Catskill Park.


The first non-indigenous settler arrived around 1770. The Town of Woodstock was established in 1787. Later, Woodstock contributed some of its territory to form the towns of Middletown (1789), Windham (1798), Shandaken (1804), and Olive (1853).

Woodstock played host to numerous [4][5]

A series of [6] and the "Woodstock" Festival was actually held almost 60 miles (97 km) away at Max Yasgur's Farm in the Sullivan County town of Bethel.[7]

Woodstock is also home to the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Buddhist monastery, situated at the top of Mead's Mountain Road.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 67.8 square miles (175.7 km2), of which 67.3 square miles (174.3 km2) is land and 0.54 square miles (1.4 km2), or 0.80%, is water.[3]

The north town line is the border of Greene County.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,241 people, 2,946 households, and 1,626 families residing in the town. The population density was 92.5 people per square mile (35.7/km²). There were 3,847 housing units at an average density of 57.0 per square mile (22.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.25% White, 1.30% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.79% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.56% of the population.

There were 2,946 households out of which 21.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.8% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the town the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 38.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $49,217, and the median income for a family was $65,938. Males had a median income of $41,500 versus $33,672 for females. The per capita income for the town was $32,133. About 6.9% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.8% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.

Music and art

The town is famous for lending its name to the Woodstock Festival, which was actually held at Max Yasgur's dairy farm almost 60 miles (97 km) away in Bethel in Sullivan County.

The 1903 Byrdcliffe art colony is one of the nation's oldest Arts & Crafts colonies.[8] It brought the first artists to Woodstock to teach and produce furniture, metal works, ceramics, weaving and established Woodstock's first painting school. Byrdcliffe forever changed the cultural landscape of the Town of Woodstock.

In 1916, utopian philosopher and poet Hervey White built a "music chapel" in the woods. This became the home of the Maverick music festival, the longest-running summer chamber music festival in the country, still held annually as of 2012.[9] Composers such as Henry Cowell, John Cage, Robert Starrer and Peter Schickele created works that were premiered there. Today, this hand-built concert hall with perfect acoustics, is a multi-starred attraction on the National Register of Historic Places with world-class musicians playing there from June to September.

The town is home to the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM), founded in 1919 by Edward Leigh Chase, Frank Swift Chase, Arnold Blanch, Doris Lee, Marion Greenwood, Philip Guston, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Paul Meltsner, and many others. The Art Students League of New York's summer school was in Woodstock from 1906 until 1922, and again after World War II, from 1947 until 1979. The Woodstock School of Art has been operating since 1980.

The Woodstock Guild, founded by Byrdcliffe artists in 1939, is now the steward of the 350-acre (1.4 km2) Byrdcliffe Colony. It is a Fleur de Lis Gallery, which features over 60 artists. Byrdcliffe is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a haven for today's artists.

In 1981, the town hosted the Karl Berger and Ornette Coleman. The show featured Jack Dejohnette, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Anthony Braxton, Lee Konitz, and Miroslav Vitouš, among others.

On April 19–22, 2012, Woodstock hosted the Woodstock Writers Festival. Some of the biggest names in literature, Ann Hood, Augusten Burroughs, Shalom Auslander, Kurt Anderson and Ned Leavitt were scheduled to speak and offer workshops on a variety of topics related to literature.

Notable people

The town has long been a mecca for artists, musicians, and writers, even before the music festival made the name "Woodstock" famous. The town has a separate "Artist's Cemetery". Film and art festivals attract big names, and hundreds of musicians have come to Woodstock to record.

Local communities and landmarks

  • Artists' Cemetery – A cemetery for Woodstock artists and luminaries on Rock City Road.
  • Ashokan Reservoir – A New York City reservoir under which lies nine lost towns.[11]
  • Bearsville – A hamlet at the junction of Routes 212 and 45, west of Woodstock village.
  • Byrdcliffe – Site of the original art colony east of the junction of Routes 212 and Glasco Turnpike (County Road 33), northwest of Woodstock village on the lower slopes of Mount Guardian above Glasco Turnpike. At one time it was home for the Turnau Opera and now the Byrdcliffe Theater.
  • Church of the Holy Transfiguration of Christ-on-the-Mount
  • Cooper LakeKingston reservoir located south of Lake Hill, northwest of Bearsville and west by northwest of Shady.
  • Daisy – A hamlet east of Woodstock village near the east town line. Currently the site of a municipal road works gravel dump/parking lot. Due southeast of Overlook Mountain, Daisy is the Woodstock hamlet with the most documented stone cairns, mounds and other possibly ancient sites within 10 minutes walking distance. Many of those are threatened by development.
  • Echo Lake – A mountain lake within the Indian Head Wilderness of the Catskill Mountains.
  • Mead's Meadow (Woodstock) – Formerly a cow pasture, "The Magic Meadow" is a quarter mile past the summit of Mead Mountain Road and the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Buddhist monastery. It is an entrance to the Devil's Path.
  • Montoma – A hamlet south of Woodstock near the town line with the Town of Hurley.
  • Mount Guardian – A mountain to the west of Overlook Mountain, below which is the hamlet of Shady.
  • Mount Tobias – A mountain in the central part of the town.
  • Ohayo Mountain – A mountain to the east, between the Ashokan Reservoir and Woodstock village
  • Overlook Mountain – A mountain to the northeast, on whose lower slopes much of Woodstock is situated.
  • Radio Woodstock – Woodstock's online community and global Internet radio channel
  • Saugerties, New York – A nearby town, that was once home to Woodstock '94, is currently host to the Garlic Festival, as well as Horse Shows In The Sun (HITS).
  • Saw Kill – A stream that rises in Echo Lake, flows west through Shady, then south to Bearsville, east to Woodstock, and southeast to Zena on the way to its confluence with the Esopus River near Kingston.
  • Shady – A hamlet northwest of Byrdcliffe, past the intersection of Glasco Turnpike and Route 212.
  • Willow – A hamlet in the northwest part of the town on Route 212.
  • Wittenberg – A hamlet at the junction of Routes 40 and 45, southwest of Bearsville. It contains Yankeetown Pond and Kenneth Wilson State Campground.
  • Woodstock – The hamlet of Woodstock and the principal center of local services for the town.
  • Zena – A hamlet east of Woodstock hamlet in the southeast part of the town.

Sister cities

See also


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Woodstock town, Ulster County, New York". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ The Maverick Festival of Woodstock
  6. ^ The Story of the Woodstock Music Festival – New York
  7. ^ About
  8. ^ See Tom Wolf, "Byrdcliffe's History: Industrial Revolution," in Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony (Ithaca: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 2004), pp. 16–35
  9. ^ Maverick Concerts History
  10. ^ Woodstock's Art Heritage: The Permanent Collection of the Woodstock Artists Association (Woodstock: Overlook Press, 1987).
  11. ^ retrieved online July 21, 2008

External links

  • Town of Woodstock official website
  • Woodstock Library
  • Woodstock Public Library Digital Collections
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