Welcome to the Woodstock - Preservation Archives
Dedicated to the Historic Preservation of the Site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival

Hurd & West Shore Rds
Sullivan County
Bethel  NY

The Woodstock Marker
The Cornerstone for a Monument

The Woodstock Monument - 1996

Dove On Guitar Logo - Top of MonumentThe Monument to Woodstock is the 37.5 acre parcel of land known around the world as the original Woodstock Site. ItWoodstock Monument - Center Plate stands as a testament to the cultural, social, and historical events that transpired the weekend of August 15-17, 1969, in Bethel, Sullivan County, N.Y.

In the years that followed the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, there has been an absence of any road signs   or symbols pointing out the exact location where this historical event took place, but in spite of this, thousands of visitors from around the world, continue to make their way back to “the Garden”.Woodstock Monument - Dedication Plate

In 1984, a marker was set at the foot of this field - located at the corner of Hurd and West Shore Roads. The vision of Bethel town historian Bert Feldman and Arthur Shubert, both alumnus of the Woodstock security force in 1969 - the determination and talent of Woodstock Performers- Woodstock Monument-Left Platewelder Wayne Saward - and the support of then land owners Louis Nicky and June Gelish, saw this marker take its place 15 years after the original festival.

Designed and sculpted by Wayne Saward, the marker is constructed of cast iron and concrete, weighing 5-½ tons. Its face measuresWoodstock Performers- Woodstock Monument-Right Plate 74 X 47 inches, and is topped with the Woodstock “dove on guitar neck” logo. Below, 3 embossed steel plates, denoting the event and performers, are held in place by titanium alloy screws. The marker, which cost $650 and funded by Louis Nicky, obtained town permits, and took its place as a cornerstone to a Monument, to mark the 15th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. It is truly a monument worthy of a marker.

                 MY VIEW
                    By: Wayne Saward
                  (Times Herald-Record - June 12, 1993)

The Woodstock Monument - Opposition to Development

Woodstock Monument Designer Condemns Greed
Wayne Saward - 1962-2009

1962 - 2009

Article - Times Herald-Record

 Woodstock Monument in the snow - 2002 Woodstock Monument Woodstock Monument Hurd & West Shore Road - Street Sign