press release

Historical Society of Woodstock

Press Release

July 13, 2014

Contact: Richard Heppner


Ulster County Bluestone - HSW Talk This Saturday

Like most of Ulster County, Woodstock's economy during the 19th century was based on what could be taken from the land rather than what others saw in the land. Integral to that economic foundation was the quarrying of bluestone, from the base of Overlook Mountain to West Hurley. A resource unique to our area, bluestone was extracted from the many quarries that once existed here, shipped south, and served as a vital ingredient in urban expansion along the east coast. This Saturday, July 19, at 2:00 pm, Dr. Peter Roberts will explore that industrial past when he offers a talk on Ulster County Bluestone at the Historical Society of Woodstock. While attending the discussion, visitors will also be able to enjoy HSW's current exhibit, "a few of our favorite things," an eclectic look at Woodstock's diverse history from the archives of HSW. The Historical Society is located on Comeau Drive in Woodstock and, as always, admission is free. For more on Woodstock history visit,