Woodstock site nominated for historic landmark status
The rural New York dairy farm that hosted the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair for a weekend in August 1969 was named to the State Register of Historic Places this week nearly a half-century after 400,000 concert-goers congregated there to participate in one of the
era’s most iconic moments.
New York’s Board for Historic Preservation has recommended that the original Woodstock site in Bethel be added to both the State and National Register of Historic Places, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, paving the way for the 600-acre Catskills farm to become eligible for public preservation programs.
The Woodstock site was made famous by the weekend-long rock festival and its legendary performances by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker,
Sha Na Na, Country Joe and the Fish, Janis Joplin, Richie Havens and The Who.
More than 120,000 historic sites across New York are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.