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Clermont State Historic Site

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Clermont State Historic Site

The House and Visitor Center remain closed. The site grounds are open daily.

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
    Hours TBD

  • Visitor Center
    Hours TBD

    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


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.

Thu 01 Jul
Faux Food Fight: A Fake Food Contest for Kids!
Thursday, July 1, 2021 until Sunday, August 1, 2021
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Entries due August 1st, Winners announced August 12th

A joint contest hosted by Staatsburgh State Historic Site and Clermont State Historic Site.

Have you ever seen fake food that looked so real, you could eat it? Many historic house museums use faux (or fake) food as props, to help visitors imagine the time when the house was still a home. This July, we're inviting kids ages 6-14 to create their own fake food in "Faux Food Fight!" Create your own culinary concoctions and be as imaginative as you want! You could make something that looks super delicious or super gross! Enter your faux culinary concoction by August 1 for a chance to win a prize.

For details on how to enter please click here.

Entries will be judged on their creativity, artistic merit, and effort in composing a recipe and fake foodstuff. Our panel of expert fake foodies will announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in three age categories: ages 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14. Winners will receive their own chef hat and apron, a must-have for every culinary maestro! Winners will be announced on August 12, 2021.

Sat 24 Jul
Landscape Highlights: A walking tour of Clermont’s grounds
Saturday, July 24, 2021 11:00 AM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Have you ever walked the grounds and wondered what the ruins once were? Or why there are two driveways? What's with all the cottages? Led by Clermont's staff, this moderate walking tour will take you to sites of interest all over the property. A great introduction to the property and the history of Clermont! Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

Please note: There is no charge for the event, but visitors must register in advance. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing. Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors. Social distancing will be required of all tour participants.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Jul
In the Key of C: A Concert for Clermont featuring special guest Ian Flanigan
Saturday, July 24, 2021 05:30 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Celebrate Clermont and join us for a special evening of evening of music, companionship, and community. We are thrilled to welcome Saugerties native, Harmonies on the Hudson Concert Series alum and The Voice finalist Ian Flanigan as this year's featured artist. When it comes to the troubadour lifestyle, Ian is no novice. For the last decade Ian has toured his whiskey-soaked voice and evocative lyrics across America, with a country sound reminiscent of Joe Cocker and Chris Stapleton. Ian continues to draw inspiration from his hometown Hudson Valley's Catskill Mountains, their rugged terrain and enduring beauty. For more information on Ian Flanigan, visit

Tickets for the general public are $15 and go on sale July 1st. To purchase tickets, visit

Sat 31 Jul
The Livingstons and Their Community in the Revolutionary War
Saturday, July 31, 2021 11:00 AM
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.

Please note: There is no charge for the event, but visitors must register in advance. Attendance will be limited to aid in social distancing. Clermont follows all NYS Department of Health guidelines for safety during the COVID 19 pandemic. Unvaccinated visitors should wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distance outdoors. Social distancing will be required of all tour participants.

Registration: Required
Mon 02 Aug
Junior History Club
Monday, August 2, 2021 12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

For children ages 7-12

Monday, August 2nd, 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM: History Day!

Learn about the history of Clermont State Historic Site and the people who once called this place home! Campers will tour the mansion and make historical crafts.

Wednesday, August 4th, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Gardening Day!

Hike the grounds and learn about the agricultural history of the Hudson Valley! Campers will go on a scavenger hunt, pick vegetables in our Teaching Garden, and make their own salsa!

Friday, August 6th, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Arts Day!

Let's make some art! Campers will sculpt creatures, paint Hudson River landscapes, and learn 18th century dancing!

The event fee is $25/day and participants must register in advance. For more information and to register:

Registration: Required

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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)