A NYS Nonprofit Corporation
Researching Archaeoastronomy &
Landscape Archaeology in
our Region and Beyond
Summer - Overlook Mountain, Woodstock, New York
Winter on Overlook Mountain, Woodstock, New York
Summer on Overlook Mountain Summit
Artists at Overlook Mountain, Woodstock, New York
Identify and protect Native American ceremonial stone landscapes (CSL)
as resources of cultural significance
"Let the Landscape Speak"
- Doug Harris
Former Narragansett Dep. THPO
Environment - Culture - Community
Thank you for your support!
Overlook Mountain Center (OMC) creates and conducts programming throughout the year, including guided hikes, interpretive tours, campouts, workshops and research.
Our focus is on Archaeoastronomy and Landscape Archaeology, as well as documenting and preserving Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscapes (CSL), in northeast America and elsewhere.
Current and links to past programs appear below.
JOIN OMC on the Woodstock Village Green, to watch the winter solstice sun rise up Mill Hill Rd., at 7:20am, on Sunday morning. Bring your coffee, tea and bagel or muffin, etc. After sunrise, we’ll hike up in Lewis Hollow (driving, then parking and walking) to visit the Native American great cairns, and solstice altar site. More info at https://www.facebook.com/theOverlookMountainCenter or call 845 417 8384.
October 10th @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Indigenous Peoples Day Hike
Catskills Lark in the Park Indigenous Peoples Day Hike. As an alternative to Columbus Day join us to celebrate and honor the first people to inhabit the Catskills by visiting several Manitou Hassennech (spirit stones) sites, consisting of dry stacked stone cairns, stone rows, effigies and aligned boulders, all expressing and ancient, sophisticated belief system. Wear proper footwear and clothing for a fall hike and appropriate for the forecast. Bring lunch or a snack and water. Meet at Woodstock Community Center parking lot, Rock City Rd. Woodstock. More info at www.overlookmountain.org.
To register https://catskillslark.org/park_events/indigenous-peoples-day-hike-sunday-october-10th-2021-10-am/
9/18, 9/19 2001
Overlook Mountain Center (OMC) Spruceton Valley site visit, with overnight camping option.
2022 Scheduled OMC Hikes & Programs. NOTE: Due to COVID 19 OMC has altered our tours and workshops to include social distancing and wearing masks when appropriate for safety.
Please check back for updates, added workshop and lecture events. (Schedule and programs subject to change)
Sun. 2/20 – OMC Lewis Hollow Hike
Sun. 3/20 – OMC Vernal Equinox Hike – Location TBD
Sun. 4/24 – Mysteries of Mink Hollow cairns and walls
Sun. 5/22 – Spruceton Valley – Camping with the Cairns
Sat. 6/18 – Summer Solstice Sunset at Spruceton Valley cairns, walls and effigies – Location TBD
Sun. 7/17 – Lewis Hollow cairns, walls and effigies
Sun. 8/21 – Mysteries of Mink Hollow cairns and walls
Sun. 9/18 – Autumnal Equinox Hike – Location TBD
Sun. 10/16 – Spruceton Valley – Camping with the Cairns
Sun. 11/20 – Lewis Hollow cairns, walls and effigies
Sun. 12/18 – Winter Solstice Sunrise Event
Contact OMC: 845-417-8384 | P.O. Box 1278, Woodstock, NY 12498
Press Links associated with OMC
It’s been 5 years since Overlook Mountain Center (OMC) made news in its endeavor to preserve land in Lewis Hollow and provide cultural programming related to Overlook Mountain and its environs.
Follow links below to recent news articles
- Woodstock Times: Saving the Land, Preserving the Cairns
- Woodstock Times: Lewis Hollow land is ‘forever wild’
- Daily Freeman: Overlook Mountain group aims to buy, protect 82 acres in Woodstock
- CNN: Woodstock New York’s Main Streets as a Giant Cosmic Calendar and Compass
- Woodstock Times: The Cairns of Overlook
Resources and links that share a common mission with OMC:
- Catskill Interpretive Center
- Catskill Center for Conservation and Development
- Catskill Mountainkeeper
- Church on the Mount
- Karma Triyana Daharmachakra (KTD) Monastery
- NYS DEC Overlook Mountain Wilderness
- Town of Woodstock History
- Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
- Woodstock School of Art
- New York Council for the Humanities
- Foundation Center
- New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA)
- Woodstock Trails
The OMC Store - A portion of your purchase is donated to help support Overlook Mountain Center
Purchase items related to the Overlook Mountain Center mission to educate about the environment, diverse culture and the concept of community
OMC Chairperson Glenn Kreisberg has recently published a book about his 10 year quest to understand the lithic constructions found in the backwoods of the northeast, including the Lewis Hollow site on Overlook Mountain. When you purchase a copy of Spirits in Stone from the OMC website, you receive a 10% discount PLUS 10% of the proceeds are donated to Overlook Mountain Center.
My new book, Spirits in Stone, will be out April 10th, from Bear & Co. In it I document over a decade of research into man-made stone constructions in the backwoods of the northeast, with a focus on the Catskill and Shawangunk mountains of New York. I examine the potential origins and purposes for a myriad of different types of old stone structures found on the land, including walls, cairns, perched boulders, effigies and more. I also examine important sites around the world for insights into ancient megalithic culture. In the northeast U.S., as elsewhere, the patterns revealed through the eye of landscape archaeology and archaeoastronomy speak to the sophisticated belief system of an ancient population that understood the complex movements of the night sky and integrated those beliefs into their lives and world view. I believe they accomplished this through the cultural practice of celestial observation, landscape manipulation and monument construction, as well their travels and contacts with peoples from other regions and parts of the world. This is controversial information, as generally for our region, this is not accepted to be true by conventional historians. I hope this book helps change that view.Buy Spirits in Stone
Original 2013 Crowdsourcing Video