Voices From The Past
September 10 and 17, at 3 pm
20 Comeau Dr, Woodstock, NY 12498
The Historical Society of Woodstock
and Theatre on the Road
are collaborating on Voices from the Past, where you’ll meet seven historical characters that shaped the story of Woodstock.
You can buy your ticket here
Theatre on the Road and the Historical Society of Woodstock present
VOICES FROM THE PAST,
an original play featuring seven historical characters that shaped Woodstock.
Elias Hasbrouck (1741-1791)
Captain Charles H. Krack (1825-1893)
Charles Krack’s career began in Germany, where he served in the military. Upon coming to America in the mid-1800s, he served variously as an overseer of a South Carolina plantation, a hotel operator in New York City, and an explorer on the western frontier. Returning to New York City he became the owner of a floating bathhouse on New York City’s East River. This business was anchored near Grand Street and made Krack a fortune. He arrived in Woodstock during the 1850s and in 1870 he constructed and ran a hotel known as the Krack House to capitalize on the booming tourist industry. This structure remains in existence today and borders the northeastern part of the Village Green, and its ground floor houses the Garden Café.
George Mead (1834-1905 )
George Mead, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, silver-plated the metal parts of horse harnesses in Kingston, NY. In August 1865, he purchased the Fuller place in the Wide Clove Kill, mid-way up Overlook Mountain, and turned it into the Mead’s Mountain House. He promised, “refreshments of all kinds to render the stay of his guests pleasant and agreeable.” By 1880 he installed a 975-pound cookstove and was soon welcoming such esteemed lodgers as Sanford White, the famed architect of such wonders as the Washington Square Arch, Jervis McEntee, a Hudson River School painter, and Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead, the co-founder of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. The Mead’s Mountain House was purchased by the KTD Monastery in 1978 and eventually torn down in 2011.
Betsy Booth married James MacDaniel in 1826 and lived on the back side of Overlook Mountain and began her herb doctoring in 1850. Her family took in summer boarders at the farm to make ends meet. Betsy was known as a vigorous walker who thought nothing of tramping to Saugerties or Kingston and returning with a bag of corn meal on her back. If it was cold, she took a hot brick for warmth. She was a pioneer feminist and was the first person in Woodstock known to have worn trousers.
Elizabeth Reynolds (1864-1931)
A runaway slave who settled in a Lake Hill hollow in the 1860s and gave his name to Mink Hollow Road.