250th Anniversary

By: Susan Bahorich
By: Susan Bahorich

"There are 11-other Woodstocks in the United States," says 95-year-old Joe Clower.

Clower loves to tell a good story.

"Washington suggested my home is in England, as you know and it's 25-miles from Woodstock, England. Woodstock would be a good name, what do you think? Ahhhhh, dat is good," explains Clower in his best German accent.

As unofficial historian of the town of Woodstock, Clower has plenty of tales to tell, and with 250-years, there are a lot of stories.

Formed in 1752, Woodstock is the fourth oldest incorporated town in the Commonwealth. And officials are making sure it doesn't go unmentioned.

"Anything you're really proud of you celebrate, you celebrate your birthday, so we want to celebrate Woodstock's birthday and we want to remember it as being a very, very wonderful occasion," says Alma Hottle of the celebration committee.

Streets sport banners, while store fronts are decorated with pictures and memorabilia- things have changed over the last 200-years ago but, Woodstock's small town charm has remained intact.

Hottle says, "Some of the buildings are the same buildings, but businesses has change. I think it's because people realize it's a good place to do business. And we're the county seat and a lot of people come here, makes it good for business."

The Woodstock Celebration kicks off this Friday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. at the old courthouse.

Things will continue on Saturday with vendors, crafts and food on Main Street.

A parade through Woodstock featuring TV3's Bob Corso and George Hirschmann begins at 2:30 p.m.

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