Town of Bethel
Sullivan County, New York

Bethel Heritage Trail


Ribbon Cutting - Monday, August 12, 2019 4 p.m. at the Trailhead, 3586 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749

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 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 that locations Facebook page or Website.

The Town of Bethel in Sullivan County, NY was the host community for the iconic 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival.  The festival dates were August 15, 16 and 17, 1969.  The festival was held on land owned by local farmer Max Yasgur at the intersection of Hurd and West Shore Roads.

This event is seen as a major political and cultural event in the history of the United States.  The project commemorates and memorializes the fact that this event took place in the Town of Bethel.  Happy Trails!

Where does the Bethel Heritage Trail Begin?
The trail can begin at any one of the 9 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  on
Saturdays 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 - Former 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 2004.

Location #3 - Kauneonga Lake Community Park
3562 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749
Across from the former Ken's Garage (now Sorella's Restaurant). Ken VanLoan was a member of the Bethel Business Association in 1969 and was a supporter of the music and arts festival.

Location #4 - Route 17B & Route 55 East at The Clocktower
3398 Route 55 East, White Lake, NY 12786
El Monaco Restaurant

Location #5 - VW Bug
Happy Avenue and Route 17B, Bethel, NY 12720 (at Bethel Pump Station)

Location #6 - Hector's Inn
14 Dr. Duggan Road, Bethel, NY 12720.  The original Welcome signs can still be found at Carol's Dream and Gift Shop.

Location #7 - Bethel Market Café

2020 Route 17B, Bethel, NY 12720.  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 - Bethel Woods Conservatory
596 West Shore Road, Swan Lake, NY 12783.  Location of the Hog Farm Encampment, Food for Love, vendors booths and tents.

Location #9 - Former Gabriel's Farm, 449 West Shore Road, Swan Lake, NY 12783

Thank-you to the following contributors:

Town of Bethel
Sullivan County
Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center
WDesign Group
 Photographs Courtesy of:
Abe Aiginer                                                  Ilene Levine
Elizabeth Alexander                                   James Lomax
Cornelius Alexy                                           Dale Saltzman
George Annarella                                       Ted Saunders
Irene Berner                                                 Berry Serben
Alan Frishman                                             Rick Shatz
Patricia Gerry                                               James Shelley
Mark Goff Photography                              Ian R. Slater
Janice Hauser                                            Dorene Warner, WDesign Group
Noah Kalina
Joseph Klimasiewfski
Elliot Landy
Lisa Law

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