PHOTO BY HEINRICH UND FRIEDL WINTER VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
The crowd at Woodstock fills a natural amphitheatre with the stage at the bottom.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo nominated the site in December 2016 among a list of 26 New York State properties – seven of which were based in the Hudson Valley.
Through this honor, the 600-acre site will obtain tax credits and access to state and federal grants. Already through such initiatives, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has prompted several preservation plans to maintain the authenticity of the site. Projects include the restoration of original festival paths and markings of key structures, reproduction of several directional signs, the protection of trees that were present at the time of the festival, and more.
But beyond the added monetary padding, this high status will make it possible for the site to stand as a permanent symbol of the times. For generations to come, the festival site will sustain as a place to gather, learn, and re-live the spirit of the ’60s.
Click here to learn more about how you can help preserve the site.