BETHEL, NEW YORK - August 13 - A monument at the site of the original Woodstock Festival commemorates the location on August 13, 2017 in Bethel NY.

Monument to Woodstock

There is a town called Woodstock which is like an artists’ colony in the Catskill Mountains of New York state. This was where many people thought the Woodstock Music Festival took place. The actual location was on a 600-acre dairy farm owned by Max Yasgur near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel 43 miles southwest of the town of Woodstock.

August in 1969 when 400,000 hippies gathered together for some great music and lots of partying a man named Wayne Saward was just 12 years old. He really wanted to go but his older brother wouldn’t take him.

Years later Wayne and a small group of people started camping and partying at the site of the Woodstock Music Festival every August in remembrance. Wayne decided that this site deserved a monument. So using cast iron and concrete he built a monument weighing 5.5 tons. It incorporated a historical marker and was completed by the 15th anniversary of Woodstock in 1984.

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The monument sits on the rim of the natural amphitheater that formed the site of the music festival, overlooking the stage area and sweeping over the slope where everyone danced and played. Perhaps if your imagination can take you so far if you had the chance to visit here for an August picnic you might just be able to picture it all and hear strains of the awesome music the rock and roll greats played. In 2008 just up the road, the official Woodstock Festival Museum opened up offering fans a place to get souvenirs.


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