Hudson Valley Word of Mouth: Django Houston and Heather Williams of Living Stone (Audio)

Jul 14, 2021
Produced by Julia Joern.

In the latest Hudson Valley Word of Mouth segment, Julia Joern visits Round Top neighbors Django Houston and Heather Williams, co-creators of Living Stone. Spanning close to 40 acres and located deep in a woodland forest, Living Stone is an epic magical outdoor event space. Currently a work-in-progress, Houston has built a large open-air timber frame pavilion, fire pits, bluestone patios, and a cedar altar, with much more to come, including camping and unique lodging accommodations. His designs are all organically integrated into the property, which features a waterfall, creeks, and mossy trails.  

Houston is a master stonemason and sculptor with over two decades in the business, and his work can be found all over our area. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, he grew up immersed in the outdoors. Building primarily with stone — the most ancient of materials used by humankind for thousands of years — his gift is in creating beautiful and functional architectural and artistic designs that live in harmony with the natural world.

Williams is an accomplished caterer and the owner of Pippy’s Food Truck, which is parked most summer weekends at a corner in Palenville (her hometown), just across the way from Circle W. Pippy’s can also be found at other local public venues, like the Greenville Drive-In and West Kill Brewing

Together they have married their creative talents to make Living Stone. Opening in 2022, their place will host a range of events, including weddings, nature workshops, retreats, community gatherings, private dinners, and supper clubs.