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Clermont State Historic Site

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While the Mansion and Visitor Center remain closed and public programming has been suspended due to the impact of COVID-19, please enjoy the online content posted regularly on our Facebook page.

We're excited to offer lots of family activities online! Please check out our Facebook page every Tuesday and Thursday for crafts, writing prompts, comics, videos and more! The Clermont State Historic Site blog is a fabulous resource for the history of the Livingstons and the Hudson Valley.

COVID-19 UPDATE: While New York State Park grounds, forests and trails are currently open, please note that parking, indoor spaces and restrooms at State Parks may be limited or closed to prevent community spread of COVID-19. If you do plan on visiting, we ask all visitors to recreate local, meaning choose parks close to home, practice social distancing and use common sense to protect yourself and others. Learn more about COVID-19 and its impact on NY State Park operations, visit: https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/

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 Livingstons
  • The Four Gardens of Clermont
    • South Spring Garden - gorgeous views of the Hudson River
    • Cutting 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 22
    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 22
    - 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.

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
  • Lawn Rentals for Parties
  • Arryl Lawn: $600
    Southwest Lawn: $2,200
  • Photography
  • $35
  • Picnicking - Group Picnics
  • $40 - permit
    $50 - over 75 persons
    $100 - over 100 people
  • Weddings
  • $200

Maps

Digital Maps

New! Download this park's digital map to your iOS Apple and Android device.

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

 

In the spring, the Chancellor's Sheep and Wool Showcase kicks off the open season. Make a connection with Clermont's agrarian history through herding, shearing, spinning, and knitting demonstrations. Meet sheep and other wool-bearing animals while you shop local vendors and fiber artists. Music, crafts, and food make this a wonderful event for the whole family.

What better place to celebrate Independence Day than the home of a Founding Father? Home to one of the five drafters of the Declaration of Independence, Clermont hosts an all-day Fourth of July celebration with reenactors, historic crafts and demos, and live music.

October brings Legends by Candlelight, Clermont's popular Halloween program.! Tour the house by candlelight and meet 250 years of residents. Enjoy hot cider in the Visitors Center, roast marshmallows by the bon fire, and be dazzled by hundreds of jack-o-lanterns carved by local school kids.

Clermont's tour season ends with a month of holiday events and parties in December. Bring the kids for holidays stories, enjoy a nighttime tour with costumed interpreters, or take in the sights at your own pace during the free holiday open house.

Clermont hosts dozens of events, lectures, performances, camps, and demonstrations every year. Check our Facebook page for more!

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 06 Mar
The Mysteries of Serena Livingston
Saturday, March 6, 2021 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Serena Livingston is a mysterious character in Clermont's history. Often confused in books for her older sister or her own daughter, it was only recently that we were able to piece together her fascinating life. Learn about her courtship with a famous writer, her unhappy marriage to a famous general, and her adventures in the old west in this free Facebook Live program.

We recommend registering (so we can contact you with any technical snafus or changes), but it is not required. To join the program, visit https://www.facebook.com/ClermontSHS

Registration: https://www.friendsofclermont.org/event-details/the-mysteries-of-serena-livingston

Sun 07 Mar
The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War
Sunday, March 7, 2021 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Join one of Clermont's interpreters for a walk-and-talk tour of Clermont's grounds. The tour will discuss the important role Clermont and the Livingston family played during the American Revolution, culminating in the British army assault on Clermont in 1777. Hear stories of the residents of the manor—the Livingston family, the enslaved people, local Palatine tenants and free holders. Comfortable shoes are suggested. There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

This event is FREE, but registration is required. To join the program, visit https://www.facebook.com/ClermontSHS

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks. Weather dependent.

Registration: https://www.friendsofclermont.org/event-details/the-livingstons-and-their-community-in-the-revolutionary-war

Registration: Required
Sat 13 Mar
Suffrage in the Hudson Valley
Saturday, March 13, 2021 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

The fight for women's rights in New York State had important implications at the national level, and many suffrage leaders from New York were important at the Federal level. This program will give an overview of the fight for women's rights that resulted in the passage of women's suffrage in 1917 in New York State, and nationally in 1920 with passage of the 19th Amendment. It will focus especially on artifacts and stories connected to the Hudson Valley. This presentation will be given by Ashley Hopkins Benton, Senior Historian and Curator of Social History at the New York State Museum. This program will be a free Facebook Live lecture.

We recommend registering (so we can contact you with any technical snafus or changes), but it is not required. To join the program, visit https://www.facebook.com/ClermontSHS

Registration: https://www.friendsofclermont.org/event-details/suffrage-in-the-hudson-valley

Sat 20 Mar
Girl Power Story Hour
Saturday, March 20, 2021 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Join one of Clermont's interpreters to hear stories of brave women and girls from the past in person or on Facebook Live https://www.facebook.com/ClermontSHS in the case of extreme weather.

There is no charge to attend the program, but visitors must register in advance on Eventbrite. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing.

This event is FREE.

PLEASE NOTE: Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Masks and social distancing will be required of all tour participants until these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.

Registration: https://www.friendsofclermont.org/event-details/girl-power-story-hour

Registration: Required
Sun 21 Mar
Mrs. Livingston, I Presume?
Sunday, March 21, 2021 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Join the last matriarch of Clermont, Alice Delafield Clarkson Livingston (or at least someone who claims to be her) as she reminisces about her childhood, her daughters when they were young, and her time at Clermont.

This will be a free Facebook live event.

We recommend registering (so we can contact you with any technical snafus or changes), but it is not required. To join the program, visit https://www.facebook.com/ClermontSHS

Registration: https://www.friendsofclermont.org/event-details/mrs-livingston-i-presume

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Demonstrations (Accessible)
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Tours
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)