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BETHEL, NY - AUGUST 14: A plaque marks the original site location as the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival approaches August 14, 2009 in Bethel, New York. On August 15-17 in 1969 an estimated 400,000 music fans gathered on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, N.Y. for the most celebrated music festival ever. The 40th anniversary concert will take place tomorrow. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The site of the original 1969 Woodstock festival has been historic to music fans for nearly five decades. Now that designation official.

The 800-acre area on the late Max Yasgur‘s dairy farm in Bethel, New York — now the home of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts  — has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In announcing the designation, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the festival “a pivotal moment in both New York and American history.” The designation protects the area and creates procedures and protocols for potential future changes.

Two more Woodstock festivals were held during 1994 and 1999, and a 50th anniversary commemoration is being considered for 2019.


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