Woodstock Site Gets Historic Recognition

(VIP-NEWS) — The site of the 1969 Woodstock music festival is now officially recognized for its place in history.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday that Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in the Hudson Valley town of Bethel has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cuomo says the festival that drew nearly half a million people to Max Yasgur`s dairy farm was a "pivotal moment in both New York and American history," and the recognition will preserve the landmark for future generations.

Bethel Woods Center CEO Darlene Fedun says the recognition furthers educational and cultural initiatives at the museum and surrounding grounds that embody the "spirit of the `60s."

The 800-acre (323-hectare) Bethel Woods campus is 90 miles (144 kilometers) north of New York City.

Almost half a million people attended Woodstock, billed as an ‘aquarian exposition’ of ‘three days of peace and music’, in August 1969. Among the 32 performers were Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Incredible String Band, Grateful Dead, Santana and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Co-promoter Michael Lang has suggested the festival will return in 2019, following earlier anniversary events in 1994 and 1999.