Woodstock has always been a small town with a large legacy in the arts. Established in 1787, Woodstock played host to numerous Hudson River School painters during the 1800’s. Then the Arts and Crafts Movement arrived in 1902 with Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead, Bolton Brown and Hervey White establishing the Byrdcliffe Colony (still an active artists’ colony today). Others founded the Summer School of the Art Students League of NY (now known as The Woodstock School of Art).
From 1915 through 1931 Hervey White’s Maverick Art Colony, a spin off from Byrdcliffe, held the Maverick Festivals, with hundreds of “free spirits” gathering each summer for music, art, theatre and drunken orgies in the woods. The Maverick continues (minus the orgies) with a concert series to this day, bringing world-class musicians to Woodstock each summer. And, of course, there was, “Woodstock,” the 60s rock festival known throughout the world.
Woodstock is also home to a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, summer theater events, and a world class summer concert series.