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Historical Society of
20 Comeau Drive
The Historical Society of Woodstock (HSW) was founded in 1929 by a group of artists, writers, academics and local citizens. The Society is committed to supporting the collection and preserving the history and traditions of Woodstock. In addition to the exhibition space, located at the historic Eames House, the HSW has an extensive permanent collection of works of art, books and manuscripts, photos, textiles, film and sound recordings, antique tools and other objects. The collection serves as a resource for exhibitions, public programs and research projects.
The Eames House is open Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. during the summer and fall.
146 Mount Pleasant Road
The Worldâ€™s Largest Kaleidoscope is at Emerson Place!
Marvel at the ever-changing colors as they dance across the ceiling of a
converted barn silo. Put to music, this light show extravaganza captivates
audiences with a rainbow of colors and sounds that is truly magical. Visit the
adjacent Kaleidostore, featuring more than 100 different kaleidoscopes, and
bring home part of the experience. Open Friday through Monday, 10 a.m. to
5:30p.m. Cost: Adults $7.00 Children under 12 are free.
7480 Fite Rd.
Opus 40 is an immense composition of finely fitted stone, rising in ramps and swirling terraces around pools and trees and fountains out of the rock bed of an abandoned bluestone quarry. It spreads out over more than six acres.
It is the product of more thirty-seven years of a man's life. His name was Harvey Fite. He worked alone, using his hands and traditional quarryman's tools, to build his masterpiece: Opus 40.
Opus 40, a not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for
its maintenance, for opening to the public, and for presenting arts
Overlook Fire Tower
Woodstock NY 12498
The tower on Overlook Mountain (el. 3,140 feet) is the newest of the five remaining fire towers in the Catskill Park, having been at its present location since only 1950. However, the tower itself is much older as it was originally constructed in 1927 on Gallis Hill, just west of Kingston. The Overlook tower reaches 60' in height, and offers incredible views of the Hudson River valley, the Ashokan Reservoir, and the Devil's Path. Along with the Balsam Lake Mountain Tower, Overlook closed in 1988.
Overlook Mountain is surely one of the most interesting in all of the Catskills. Its close proximity to Woodstock has made it a popular destination for tourists. Although the Overlook Mountain Wild Forest only covers 590 acres, its rocky slopes make for a very interesting day hike. In addition to providing a habitat for the timber rattlesnake, a protected species that only lives in one other area of the Catskills, the summit is covered with red oaks (trees usually found on lower slopes and in valleys, not 3,100' above sea level), and some red spruce/balsam fir trees (those typical over 3,300'). In 1871, the Overlook Mountain House opened its doors to guests, joining numerous others in the Catskills. This hotel had the distinction of being the highest, at 2,920'. The Mountain House could house 300 guests and, despite burning down twice, prospered until around the time of the stock market crash. In the following years, it was rebuilt (but never opened to guests) and eventually looted and abandoned, leaving the ruins that can still be seen along the trail.
The open ledges around Overlook's summit and exposed
bedrock along the trail offer many clues about the geologic history of the
Catskills. An open, south-facing rock ledge just prior to reaching the tower,
offers some of the most spectacular views of how the Hudson Valley abruptly
changes into the Catskill Mountains. One trip up Overlook and you will realize
why this mountain was the focus of many works by famous Hudson River School
painters in the 1800s.
PO Box 404
Experience the thrill of whitewater inner tubing and
kayaking down the Esopus creek, the ultimate summer fun for adults and children
12 years and older. Open May 27 through september 30th, daily, 9am to
35 Van Wagner Road
My father called himself an antique dealer, but in reality he was a junk collector. After his death in 1987, my mother asked me to remove the piles of metal he had accumulated over the years. On my way to the town dump, I looked in the rear-view mirror and realized that these seemingly unusable scraps were really a gold mine. I began to weld them together that summer, and have found that my father certainly had a good eye.
- Steve Heller
Parker accomplished his goal. By following his path, he learned to forgive, to accept and to love. He left his mark on this world through his art, poetry and the people he came into contact with. Parkerâ€™s poems are a living legacy. It was his last self-challenge before he was diagnosed with cancer.
PO Box 73
Museum Admission: $7. Adult, $3.50 children under 12.
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