Site of Woodstock Festival Joins List of National Historic Places

Michele Debczak
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The venue that hosted the most legendary music festival of the last century has been recognized again for its role in history. On June 6, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, best known as the site of Woodstock, is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places, AP reports.

Prior to the festival that drew nearly half a million music fans to the Hudson Valley, New York in 1969, Bethel Woods was a dairy farm. During three days in August, 1969, The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and other rock icons performed on the grounds. In his announcement, Governor Cuomo called Woodstock a "pivotal moment in both New York and American history."

The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts continues to celebrate the event that made it famous. At the site’s museum, visitors can walk through the "Woodstock and The Sixties" exhibit which showcases artifacts and information from the period. The site also remains a music venue. Neil Diamond, Luke Bryan, and Rod Stewart are a few of the acts slated to perform there this summer.

[h/t AP]