Town of Bethel
Sullivan County, New York

Bethel Heritage Trail


Under Construction - The Trail is not open!!!! 
Watch for a release date on Facebook or the town monthly newsletter.

What is the Bethel Heritage Trail?

The Bethel Heritage Trail is part of the Town's 50th Anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Festival Celebration.  The trail is a permanent outdoor photo display in 9? locations throughout the town.  Each display has a description and interesting facts of the area depicted.  Year-round. Links below that are highlighted orange will take you to the location Facebook page or Website.

Where does the Bethel Heritage Trail Begin?
The trail can begin at any one of the 10 locations but we encourage you to begin at the trailhead located at 3586 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749. 

Location #1 - Trailhead
3586 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749

Overview of Bethel Heritage Trail. Located in the municipal parking lot. Free parking. Free electric vehicle charging station. Located near downtown Kauneonga Lake restaurants (location #2) and Kauneonga Lake Community Park (Location #3).  

In the summer Kauneonga Lake has Yoga on Saturdays 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the Beekman Pavilion (behind Sticky Finger's), and a Farmer's Market 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; music in the summer on Thursday's 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. hosted by Bethel Lakeside Music.

Location #2 - Ye olde Vassmer's General Store
3575 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749
Art Vassmer - Mr. Peanut Butter and Jelly Man (a/k/a Mr. Woodstock)
You may have read about Art in many publications or you may have seen him in news media. Art operated the family store from 1901 until.

Location #3 - Kauneonga Lake Community Park
3562 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749
Ken's Garage. Ken VanLoan was a member of the Bethel Business in 1969 and was a supporter of the music and arts festival.

Location #4 - Route 17B & Route 55 East
3398 Route 55 East
El Monaco

Location #5 - VW Bug

Location #6 - Hector's Inn
The original Welcome signs can still be found at Carol's Dream and Gift Shop.

Location #7 - Bethel Market Café

During Woodstock served as a place to rest, post signs and notes for people looking for others in their group.  Owned by R.E. Joyner in 1969. Was the location of the Bethel General Store and Bethel Post Office.

Location #8 - Bindy Bazaar
Location of the Hog Farm Encampment, Food for Love, vendors booths and tents.

Location #9 - Gabriel's Farm
West Shore Road

Heritage Trail Map

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