Five Fun Facts About Sullivan County

When many folks think of The Catskills, they often think of the hundreds of Borscht Belt hotels and resorts that were so popular in the 1920s through the 1970s. Most of those resorts were in Sullivan County. But what else do you know about this particular region of the Catskills? Here are a few things you may or may not know about Sullivan County.

The highest point in the county is a 3,118-foot peak unofficially known as Beech Mountain, near Hodge Pond, a subsidiary summit to Mongaup Mountain across the Ulster County line.

The county was named after Major General John Sullivan, who was an American general in the Revolutionary War and a Governor of New Hampshire. He is most famous for leading the Sullivan Expedition in 1779, an aggressive campaign against those Iroquois towns that had taken up arms against the American revolutionaries.

Sullivan County was originally part of Ulster County. It became its own county in 1809.

The Woodstock Music and Art Festival, possibly the most famous rock concert of all time, took place in the town of Bethel in Sullivan County in August of 1969. Today the site of the original Woodstock concert is the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, which includes a museum of the sixties and holds many concerts and other events.