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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 (https://www.facebook.com/ClermontSHS/).

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(http://clermontstatehistoricsite.blogspot.com/) 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.

Sun 25 Oct
Shooting Ghosts: The History of Spirit Photography
Sunday, October 25, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Come to Clermont and hear Historic Interpreter, Zachary Veith, discuss the invention of what was known as Spirit Photography. At a time when the idea of photographs was relatively new and the influence of Spiritualism was on the rise, many photographers claimed to be able to capture the images of the dearly departed. And many folks, including the famed author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, were more than ready to believe it. This program is FREE, but registration is required. 
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 util these guidelines are lifted by New York State Parks.
Registration: Required
Sat 31 Oct
From Scripture to Séance: The History of Halloween in the Livingston Family
Saturday, October 31, 2020 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
(518) 537-4240

Join Clermont Historic Interpreter Molly Feibel as she looks at how the Livingstons would've celebrated this beloved fall holiday. From when the First Lord came to America in the 1670s and Halloween was more of a religious observance to the early 20th Century when seances and parties were all the rage, we will be exploring what the Livingston could be found doing on October 31st. This program is FREE, but registration is required.

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: Required
Sat 07 Nov
Harvesting History Workshop: Herb-Infused Candles
Saturday, November 7, 2020 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Just in time for the holidays! Using dried herbs, create aromatic and colorful home-made beeswax candles Children must be accompanied by an adult. ($15 per person, children 12 and under FREE, registration required)

Registration: Required
Sat 05 Dec
A Child’s Christmas
Saturday, December 5, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Drop in for stories read by Janet and Honoria Livingston's nurse Ollie under the Christmas tree and treats for children 3-10. ($4 per person)

Sun 13 Dec
Candlelight Tours of Clermont
Sunday, December 13, 2020 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site

Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions throughout the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen. ($12 per adult, $5 for children under 12)

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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)