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Woodstock Site Nominated For National Register Of Historic Places

The site of the original Woodstock Music & Arts Festival during 1969 in Bethel, N.Y., has been nominated for both the New York state and National Register of Historic Places.

The site in Sullivan County is one of 26 being considered by the New York State Board of Historic Preservation; It was there that an estimated 400,000 gathered for more than three days during August of 1969 -- after being evicted less than four weeks prior from a site in Walkill, N.Y. -- braving high heat and heavy downpours for what's considered one of rock music's most historic gatherings.

The site was owned at the time by dairy farmer Max Yasgur and is now home to the Bethel Performing Arts Center. If chosen, the current owners will enjoy tax credits and access to preservation grants from both the state and federal governments.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.