A Brief History
Rising above the Artists Cemetery, Thomas Penning's ten ton sculpture overlooks one of Woodstock's most enduring settings. Officially operated by the Woodstock Memorial Society, the original 80 ft. by 100 ft. plot of land was purchased by John Kingsbury following the tragic death of his son. Later, joined by friends Carl Lindin, James Shotwell, Bruno Zimm and James Stagg, additional land was purchased and, on November 4, 1934, the Woodstock Memorial Society was incorporated.
In an effort to preserve the natural beauty of the landscape, the founding members sought to limit traditional symbols of grief. As a result, conventional tombstones and other visual intrusions were prohibited. As is still the case today, graves are marked only by ground-level stones, many crafted from native bluestone. In addition to the Penning sculpture, the only other above ground structure permitted is the memorial that honors the life of Byrdcliffe founder Ralph Whitehead and his family.
Unique in its setting and vision, the Artists Cemetery continues to serve as a reminder of Woodstock's countless contributions to the world of art, music, theater and the written word.
Woodstock Town Historian
Encircled by the everlasting hills, they rest here who added to the beauty of the world by art, creative thought, and by life itself.
Dr. James Shotwell
Among Those Memorialized Here
Heywood Hale Broun
John F. Carlson
Margaret Goddard Carlson
Robert Eric Carlson
Jane Van Ness Hays Jones
John Kingsbury Jr.
Carl Eric Lindin
Sonia & Georges Malkine
Henry Lee McFee
Katherine Worthington Taylor
Phoebe & Belmont Towbin
Janine Pommy Vega
Located in Woodstock, NY
Take a pleasant walk from the Woodstock Village Green and step into this remarkable setting.
Let your thoughts be carried back through the decades and inspired by Woodstock's cultural legacy.
The Woodstock Artist Cemetery is tucked off the beaten path, minutes from the town's center:
12 Mountain View Avenue
Woodstock, NY 12498
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WOODSTOCK MEMORIAL SOCIETY
The Artists Cemetery is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Charitable donations are tax-deductible.
To maintain this unique treasure you may send donations to:
The Woodstock Memorial Society
71 Carly Road, Woodstock, NY 12498
(please note this is a temporary address)