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:
Guided House Tours
April 13-October 31
Wednesdays – Sundays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (last tour at 4:00 pm)
November 1 - December 18
Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (last tour at 3:00pm)
- Wednesday – Sunday, 10:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. April 17-October 31 (including Monday Holidays)
- Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., November 1 through December 28
- 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.
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 Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.
Collected Saturdays and Sundays between April 18th – November 1st from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., and for special events.
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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 18 - November 1
Wednesdays - Sundays, 11am-4pm (last tour at 4pm)
November 1 - December 20
Saturday and Sunday, 11am-3pm (last tour at 3pm)
For more information or to schedule a group tour, please call (518) 537-4240
April 17 - October 31 (including Monday holidays): Wednesdays - Sundays, 10:30am - 4pm
November 1 - December 20: Saturdays and Sundays, 10:3- am - 3pm
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 4/20-10/31, 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, 2015 through November 30, 2015. Special permit required – by lottery. Orientation session required; strict boundary limits. Call site for details: (518) 537-4240.
Enjoy a family-themed tour of Clermont's gardens and share a beautiful tea with a mother you love ($18 per person. Free for Children under 5. Reservation required)
*Takes place at Clermont Cottage, not in the main house or visitor center.*
The first in our new Harvesting History Family Workshop Series! Learn how to make citron melon jam and while the jam cooks, we will use the seeds harvested from the melons as well as some plain white pumpkin seeds to create necklaces and bracelets and even try our hand at the complicated basket sewing! We will learn basic knife skills and knife safety and each family will go home with a jar of jam and melon seed ornament. We welcome children age 8 and older and an adult companion for only $10; an additional child costs $5 extra. Register online or call us at (518) 537-6622.
18th century crafts, Reenactors, music and entertainment. A great day for young families. Later, enjoy live music and delicious hot food until a view of the Saugerties Fireworks over the Hudson River ($12 per car, Friends of Clermont $10)
Young Writers Camp will be held at Clermont Historic site as part of this year's Hudson Valley Writing Project organized by SUNY New Paltz. Young writers will explore regional history and the creative process as they sit on the banks of the Hudson River and join past writers and artists who have celebrated the landscape through word and image. Contact the Friends of Clermont at (518) 537-6622 for an application.
Junior History Club: For children 7-12 ($150 per child, $130 per child for Friends of Clermont members) "Campers will explore the museum's extensive grounds, play games, and make historic crafts that will help them to learn about the lives of the Livingston family at Clermont. At the end of the week, the children will put on a performance for their parents, acting in costumed skits as Livingston family members they have researched during the week."