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Clermont State Historic Site

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Address
One Clermont Avenue
Germantown, NY 12526
Latitude 42.085087
Longitude -73.911835

Clermont State Historic Site was the Hudson River seat of New York's politically and socially prominent Livingston Family. Seven successive generations of the family left their imprint on the site's architecture, room interiors and landscape. Robert R. Livingston, Jr. was Clermont's most notable resident. His accomplishments include: drafting the Declaration of Independence, serving as first U.S. Minister of Foreign Affairs, administering the oath of office to George Washington, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase and developing steamboat technology with Robert Fulton.

Today, Clermont appears much as it did in the early 20th century, when it was the home of the property's last two generations: Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Livingston and their daughters, Honoria and Janet. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Clermont is also an anchor in the 1990 Hudson River National Landmark District.

Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near Clermont State Historic Site:

  • Gift Shop - located in the Visitor's Center, find historic items for everyone on your list.
  • Visitors Center - view exhibits about Clermont and the Livingston's
  • The Four Gardens of Clermont
    • South Spring Garden - gorgeous views of the Hudson River
    • Upper Garden - once provided cut flowers for vases in the house
    • Walled Garden - influenced by gardens in Florence, Italy
    • Wilderness Garden - connects the Upper Garden with the Walled Garden, the centerpiece is the fishpond.

Hours of Operation

  • Guided House Tours
    April 12-October 31 
    Wednesdays – Sundays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (last tour at 4:00 pm)

    November 1 - December 16
    Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (last tour at 3:00pm)

  • Visitor Center
    - Wednesday – Sunday, 10:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. April 12-October 31 (including Monday Holidays)
    - Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., November 1 through December 16
    - January – April: Special programming and group tours by appointment only.

    For more information or to schedule a group tour, please call (518) 537- 4240.

  • Gardens & Grounds: Open year-round 8:30 am to sunset.

  • Vehicle Use Fee: Collected 4/1-10/31, weekends and holidays

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Vehicle Use Fee
  • $5

    Collected weekends and holidays between April 1st – October 31st from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., and for special events.

  • Admission/House Tours
  • $7 - adult
    $6 - Seniors/students over 12
    Free - Children under 12

    Please inquire for group & school group rates.
  • Educational Programs
  • $2/student on-site
    $50/class off-site
  • Electric Service for Parties
  • $15
  • Party - Arryl Lawn
  • $600
  • Party - Southwest Lawn
  • $2,200
  • Photography
  • $35
  • Picnicking - Group Picnics
  • $40 - permit
    $50 - over 75 persons
    $100 - over 100 people
  • Weddings
  • $200

The name Clermont derives from the French "clair montagne" for "clear mountain" inspired by the view of the Catskill Mountains across the Hudson River from the estate.

The estate was established by Robert Livingston following the death of his father, the first Lord of Livingston Manor, in 1728; while most of the manor was inherited by the eldest son Philip Livingston, 13,000 acres (5,300 ha) in the southwest corner, later named Clermont, was willed to Robert.

In October 1777, British Major General John Vaughan, who led a raiding party up the Hudson River, came to Clermont and burned Livingston's home because of his prominent role in the American Revolution. Margaret Beekman Livingston rebuilt the family home between 1779 and 1782. Her son Robert R. Livingston became the estate's most prominent resident, serving as a member of the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase. He was also a partner with Robert Fulton, creating the first commercially successful steamboat, the North River of Clermont, commonly called the Clermont, which stopped at the house on its inaugural trip.

 

Guided House Tours

April 12-October 31
Wednesdays – Sundays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (last tour at 4:00 pm)

November 1 - December 16
Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (last tour at 3:00pm)

For more information or to schedule a group tour, please call (518) 537-4240

Visitor Center:
Wednesday – Sunday, 10:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. April 12-October 31 (including Monday Holidays)
Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., November 1 through December 16
January – April: Special programming and group tours by appointment only.

Gardens & Grounds: Open year-round, 8:30am to sunset

Vehicle Use Fee - Pay Stations: Collected 4/1-10/31, weekends and holidays

 

Potential Fields: a meandering algorithm
An exhibition of site specific sculpture at Clermont. The opening reception will feature performances from Brian Deewan, Slink Moss & Susan Jennings, and Polly Apfelbaum. The exhibition will be up through November 8th.

The Livingstons Get Inked - Exhibit Opening Saturday, October 3, 1-3 pm
Visit Clermont to see an exciting new exhibit about the Livingston family–told through comic art! Four artists have been invited to reinterpret dramas of the Livingstons in their own style. The project is part of an over-arching goal at Clermont to use new media to encourage the public to identify with historic individuals. All stories will be taken from history and selected to support the "ghosts" in the Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours, which will run congruent with the show. The exhibit will remain open to the public during the museum's open hours (Wed.-Sun.) throughout the month of October.

Clermont hosts a variety of annual events throughout the year that highlight the Livingston Family's relationship to the surrounding community. The spring Sheep and Wool Showcase is based on historical model farming events at Clermont, where groundbreaking work in agriculture and sheep breeding occurred. What better place to celebrate Independence Day than the former home of a drafter of the Declaration of Independence. Families will enjoy a variety of music and performances.

The fall is full of spooky wonder as Legends by Candlelight delights visitors with treats, candlelit tours of the house and grounds, ghost stories from the early 20th century and much more! Christmas at Clermont kicks off the holiday season with guided tours, candlelight receptions and children's activities.

Deer, archery only. Limited and controlled hunt from November 1, 2017 through November 30, 2017. Special permit required – by lottery. Orientation session required; strict boundary limits. Call site for details: (518) 537-4240.

Sat 02 Jun
Bird Walk with Alan Devoe Bird Club
Saturday, June 2, 2018 08:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Join us for a walk around Clermont State Historic Site with the Alan Devoe Bird Club. Participants of this free event will be looking for spring migrant birds throughout the site.

Sun 10 Jun
UnderWhere? Dress Reform Lecture
Sunday, June 10, 2018 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

The Dress Reform movement of the mid-19th century hoped to liberate women from the most limiting aspects of their clothing. It was symbolized by the adoption of a shorter skirt over loose pants or "bloomers," but it also encompassed other changes more intimately inside a woman's layers of clothes. Other reform movements, including the women's suffrage movement, adopted the Bloomer costume as a representation of their ideals. The reform dress inspired intense controversy, and lead Americans to question gender roles and expression. Join historians Ashley Hopkins-Benton and Kjirsten Gustavson as they uncover these layers of controversy, comparing the differences between fashionable dress and reform dress of the 1850s and linking them to the social movements that changed women's lives for generations to come. The talk will be heavily illustrated and include reproduction costumes. Tickets are $10 for Friends of Clermont members; $12 for non-members.

Sat 16 Jun
Katharine’s Clermont Exhibit Opening
Saturday, June 16, 2018 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

The opening of a new exhibit of pictures and objects related to Katharine Livingston Timpson, John Henry Livingston’s oldest daughter and at one time the owner of Clermont. Clermont recently accepted a large donation of items related to Katharine from her descendants allowing us to tell the story of a forgotten Livingston daughter for the first time.
Thu 21 Jun
Harmonies on the Hudson Outdoor Concert Series
Thursday, June 21, 2018 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Moonshine Holler, the husband and wife duet of Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof, captures the essence of American roots music: hillbilly blues, ballads and breakdowns, Carter family classics and jugband stompers, with knock-your-socks-off flatfoot dancing to boot.

Thursday evenings this summer are reserved for our Harmonies on the Hudson Outdoor Concert Series! Relax on our beautiful lawn and enjoy a FREE outdoor concert. Bring a blanket, chair and a picnic- children are welcome! Concerts begin at 6:00 p.m.

Sun 01 Jul
Gentle Yoga Series
Sunday, July 1, 2018 10:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Start your summer off by learning basic gentle yoga poses in the calming natural setting of Clermont's landscape. Guided by Cleo Post (Rainbow Body Yoga), you don't need prior experience, just a desire for health and harmony! Admission is FREE but reservations are required and can be made by emailing info@friendsofclermont.org or calling (518) 537-6622. Parking is $5/car for non-members; free for members.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path
  • Educational Services (Accessible)
  • Gardens
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views (Accessible)
  • Self Guided Tours
    • Activities
    • Audio-Visual Programs (Accessible)
    • Demonstrations (Accessible)
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours
    • Hiking
    • Historic House
    • Picnic Area (Accessible)
    • X-Country Skiing