This is the site of the original, legendary 1969 Woodstock festival. For years that seminal event was commemorated with a small stone monument, but today the area has exploded into a true center for the performing arts, with a 15,000-seat outdoor performing-arts venue and the Museum at Bethel Woods. These facilities are set within nearly 2,000 rolling acres, about 8 mi from Monticello. Other venues at the center include a 1,000-seat outdoor Terrace Stage, the Museum Events Gallery—an indoor space for performance, lectures, and special events—and the original Woodstock concert site, which holds a permit for 30,000 concertgoers to attend major musical events. The Museum is a captivating and, to some, emotional, multimedia experience combining advanced museum technologies with film and interactive displays, text panels, and artifacts which heighten the unique experience of the three-day Woodstock festival. While music is the centerpiece, the displays dwell in detail on the cultural
and political changes that made this era so significant: civil rights, the Vietnam War and political change. The site, which was purchased by Cablevision Industries mogul Gerry Allen in the mid-1990s, hosts Saturday farmers' markets (from July though late August) and themed Sunday festivals and crafts events (weekends from Labor Day through Columbus Day).