Bethel in New York

There is a small town in Sullivan County located in New York City known as Bethel. The town has a very small population of less than 5,000 inhabitants. This beautiful town started getting fame after it hosted the ‘Woodstock Festival’ in the year 1969. This festival was actually planned for Wallkill town, but later changed to Bethel when Wallkill town withdrew from hosting the Woodstock Festival.

It is said that the first inhabitants of Bethel began in the year 1795 which is about more than two centuries in the past. The town was officially named Bethel in the year 1809. Previously, this town was known to be called as ‘Town of Lumber land.’

During the mid 19th century, tourism in the Bethel town began to grow. Many hotels slowly began to be constructed including a number of sleep away camps such as Camp Ma-Ho-Ge, Camp Ranger, Camp Chipinaw etc. The official colors of these camps were Red and Gray.

Though the population was less than 5,000 inhabitants, in the year 1969 the town gained world’s attention when more than 500,000 people from across the globe came to Max Yasgur’s farm to attend the ‘3 days of Peace and Music.’ Max Yasgur had a dairy farm in Bethel and it was on this farm that the fair took place. He is said to have rented out his farm for $50,000 during that time. The total area of the farm was 2.4 square kilometers. There were lots of mixed reactions when Max rented out his farm as the locals disagreed to the number of visitors visiting their small town.

Today, Bethel town is said to have a total area of 233 square kilometers. Out of this, 221 square kilometers are filled with land while the remaining 12 square kilometers are filled with water. There are some beautiful scenic lakes in Bethel which you must not miss out during your visit to this beautiful city.

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