The Town of Bethel, NY

Updated: Nov 24, 2018


Steep yourself in 1970s lore, attend a transformative concert, drink locally distilled spirits and enjoy yourself lakeside with a slice of pizza (from heaven).


I am sure you know by now that the Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969 did not actually take place in Woodstock, but in Bethel on Max Yasgur’s farm. It was originally supposed to be in Wallkill, but that didn’t work out. So, from August 15 to 17, 1969, half a million revelers flooded here. A large concrete slab marks the site (at 236 Hurd Road) where you can still look out over the field and feel the love.


As you explore the area, you will find that the town of Bethel includes nine hamlets: Bethel, Black Lake, Briscoe, Bushville, Hurd Settlement, Kauneonga Lake, Smallwood, Swan Lake and White Lake.


Where do we go from here?

From Bethel, head to these other towns and their hamlets. Easy direct driving routes. Ask your GPS or get out your map.

Try these spots first so you don't waste time getting lost somewhere further away. Getting lost does not mean trying to be efficient about it! ;)


XOXO Farm Girl


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