The Ashokan Center is an independent music & nature nonprofit established in 2008. They welcome school groups for Educational Field Trips, host public community events including festivals and Music & Dance Camps, and rent their facility for private retreats, conferences, and weddings. Their site has been declared an Historic District on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. This land was a favored hunting and fishing ground for the Munsee Indians for generations, and became home to Americans of European descent in the 1730s. The first mill and blacksmith shop in Ulster County were built here by Lemuel Winchell who later constructed Winchell’s Inn, Ashokan’s historic centerpiece.
The Ashokan Center was originally the Ashokan Field Campus and was operated by Suny New Paltz, under the guidance of Kent Reeves. He developed the first Living History program in the state wich ran from 1967-2008.