The 1969 Woodstock Festival made musical history. Now, the state wants to preserve the property on which it was held with official state and national historic status.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday included the 600-acre site in Bethel, Sullivan County, in a list of 26 properties nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.
“The three-day music and art festival, which took place on 600 acres of rolling farmland in rural Sullivan County in August 1969, is nationally significant in social history as the site of one of the most important cultural and social events of the second half of the 20th century,” said an announcement from the governor’s office.
Beyond the status of making the list, being part of the National Register of Historic Places allows access to certain tax credits and state and federal grants. The National Park Service has 45 days to determine whether to include the property on the Register.