Local History

A multimedia celebration of Woodstock history

A multimedia celebration of Woodstock history

Thursday, July 26: It’s an endless tug-of-war that Woodstockers wage – even more so in the digital age – but someone, everyone, needs to do it. On Thursday evening, local producer/director and documentary filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss will host a multimedia event at the Maverick Concert Hall that will give some sense of the value of what is always endangered.

Yankeetown Pond bought for a dollar! (Part 2)

Yankeetown Pond bought for a dollar! (Part 2)

Rumors proliferate in Woodstock like botulism in an ancient can of tuna fish. So until it failed to go away, I paid little mind to the one in the headline. A single visit to the town offices, however, and the gossip was at least partially substantiated. Someone named Erin Moran had indeed purchased 24 acres of land under and around one of Woodstock’s less advertised treasures (which occupies approximately 125 acres) for a dollar. Part 2 of 2.

Yankeetown Pond bought for a dollar! (Part 1)

Yankeetown Pond bought for a dollar! (Part 1)

Rumors proliferate in Woodstock like botulism in an ancient can of tuna fish. So until it failed to go away, I paid little mind to the one in the headline. A single visit to the town offices, however, and the gossip was at least partially substantiated. Someone named Erin Moran had indeed purchased 24 acres of land under and around one of Woodstock’s less advertised treasures (which occupies approximately 125 acres) for a dollar.

New signage marks historic New Paltz burial ground

New signage marks historic New Paltz burial ground

Once a separate hamlet lying between Ohioville and the Village of New Paltz, the Thruway Exit 18 gateway area now known as Putt Corners was originally spelled Put Corners. The name was conferred by 19th-century settler Napoleon Purdy, after his previous home of Putnam County. Purdy built a hotel at the crossroads around 1858, which was “a center of entertainment, lavish parties and dance lessons.”