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Clermont State Historic Site

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Address
One Clermont Avenue (GPS use 416 Woods Rd)
Germantown, NY 12526
Latitude 42.085087
Longitude -73.911835

Clermont State Historic Site was the country seat of the Livingston family. Originally a Georgian Mansion, over the years the house was added onto to give it its present appearance. Seven generations of Livingstons as well as dozens of enslaved people and paid servants lived at Clermont. The land surrounding the house was occupied by tenant farmers, beholden to the Livingston, the farms of small freeholders and mills. For the first few generations, Livingston owned ships full of paid sailors plied the river between Clermont, New York City and Albany. Over time, through land sales and the division of land through gifts and inheritance Clermont's land shrunk until it was just the confines of the present historic site. With this contraction of land came a contraction of power and influence for the family.

Today Clermont is decorated as it appeared circa 1930 when it was home to Alice Delafield Clarkson Livingston, her daughters Honoria and Janet, and their staff of servants.

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Clermont is also an anchor of the 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 Center is currently closed and will reopen summer 2023.

·         Visitors Center - View Spero Meliora: Life in the Land of Livingston

Clermont was the home to generations of the politically powerful and wealthy Livingston family, but they were not the only people who lived at the site. Enslaved people, indigenous people, tenants and paid workers all lived and worked here and left their own mark on the site. The exhibit explores how the lives of the Livingstons of Clermont, and all the other residents of this location were intertwined and how they left their imprint on the mansion's appearance and legacy.

  • The Four Gardens of Clermont

o    Cutting Garden - once provided cut flowers for vases in the house

o    Walled Garden - influenced by gardens in Florence, Italy

o    Wilderness Garden - connects the Upper Garden with the Walled Garden, the centerpiece is the fishpond


Hours of Operation

  • Guided House Tours

    Reopening: June 8, 2023 year-round

    Thursday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm Tours on the hour

  • Visitor Center
    Hours: Currently Friday-Sunday, 10:30am-4:00pm expanding on June 8, 2023 to Thursday-Sunday, 10:30am-4:00pm.  Open year-round.

    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

    Fee collected at Pay Stations in the parking lot weekends and Monday holidays between April 1st - October 31st from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m., and for special events at the gate.

  • 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
  • Lawn Rentals for Parties
  • Arryl Lawns – North and South - $1,000
    Southwest Lawn: $2,800
    Mansion North - $1,500
    Wedding ceremony - $400

  • Picnicking - Group Picnics
  • $40 - permit required for over 25 people
    $50 - for groups over 50 persons
    $100 - for groups over 100 people

Maps

Digital Maps

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

Clermont was built by Robert Livingston during the 1730's on 13,000 acres left to him by his father Robert Livingston, First Lord of Livingston Manor. The house was home to seven successive generations of the Livingstons family but also dozens of enslaved people and paid workers.

The house was burned by the British army in 1777. Margaret Beekman Livingston worked to have the house rebuilt, between 1778 and 1783, by using her family's power and influence to have the governor release local workers, most descended from Palatine immigrants, released to work on the home. The British burned the home because of the family's deep ties to the Revolutionary War. Margaret's husband, Judge Robert R. Livingston, had been a host and member of the Stamp Act Congress and had also built the first gunpowder mill in New York. Her son Henry Beekman Livingston was colonel of the 4th New York Regiment. Her eldest son, and the house's most prominent resident, Chancellor Robert R. Livingston was a member of the Continental Congress and had helped draft the Declaration of Independence. He also helped to draft the New York State Constitution and served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs under the Confederation government. After the war he would negotiate the Louisiana Purchase and coinvent the first practical steamboat, The North River Steamboat of Clermont, or The Clermont for short.

Subsequent generations of the family never rose to the power and prestige of the revolutionary generations but did do their best to preserve the legacy of that generation.

Throughout all these generations enslaved people and, after the technical end of slavery in New York in 1827, paid servants were tasked, whether against their will or for money, with mundane housekeeping work ensuring that Livingstons could live comfortably and project an image of power and importance. 

Guided House Tours

Tours resume June 8, 2023. Tickets may be purchased in the Visitor Center.

Year-round

Thursday - Sundays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (last tour at 4:00 pm)

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

Visitor Center:
Currently open Friday - Sunday, 10:30am to 4:00pm and Monday Holidays
Beginning June 8, 2023 hours will change to Thursday-Sunday 10:30am-4:00pm and Monday holidays

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

Throughout the year, Clermont hosts special events that highlight the site's whole history. Major events include The Sheep and Wool Showcase, Independence Day at Clermont, Legends by Candlelight and The Holidays at Clermont. In addition lectures, performances, and activities for children throughout the year offer everyone opportunities to experience different aspects of the history of Clermont, the Livingstons and all those who lived and worked here for generations. Please check out our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ClermontSHS for information on upcoming events.


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


Sat 15 Jun
Crafty Kids: Summer Vacation!
Saturday, June 15, 2024 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Come celebrate the beginning of Summer Vacation with Crafty Kids! Use our wide variety of paints, markers, papers, and supplies to make a cool summer craft, a festive solstice sun, or a beloved Father's Day gift. It's up to you! Light instruction is offered, creativity is encouraged! Snacks provided. Please note: The cost of the event is $5 per person, please be prepared to pay at the door. Space is limited. Visitors must register in advance at bookeo.com/Clermont.
Sun 23 Jun
Exhibit Opening: “Redefining The Family”
Sunday, June 23, 2024 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Please join us on Sunday, June 23, 2024, for an opening reception for "Redefining The Family" a new Black history exhibit uncovering the life and legacy of Christiana Taylor Livingston Williams Freeman and her family's journey validating her story. The afternoon will feature remarks and refreshments. All are welcome. Please RSVP at bookeo.com/clermont. We are pleased to share that Representative Rabb will be at the reception."
Registration: Required
Thu 27 Jun
Harmonies on the Hudson Presents: Souls United of the Hudson Valley
Thursday, June 27, 2024 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
A multi-faith, multi-cultural Gospel Choir unified in the belief that we are all members of one human family. Join us for an evening of uplifting music set against the backdrop of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. Please note: Harmonies on the Hudson concert series is presented free of charge by the Friends of Clermont. All Harmonies on the Hudson concerts are weather permitting. Check out the whole season's concert calendar at friendsofclermont.org/events.
Thu 04 Jul
Independence Day at Clermont Mansion Lawn
Thursday, July 4, 2024 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
What was life like for the people of Clermont at the dawn of the Revolutionary War? See reenactors portray the daily life of these colonists through cooking, woodworking, blacksmithing, and more. Take an open house tour of the historic mansion and learn about the whole history of Clermont from one of our experienced guides. Make a historic craft or try out a colonial game. Be entertained by the songs and stories of Thomas Hooker Hanford. Learn about African American and European Colonial musical traditions with Carla and Keyes. Hear readings of Frederick Douglass' famous speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" Enjoy delicious hot food from At First Bite and sweet frappes and coffees from Happie Bean. The day will end with a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Please note: The cost of this event is $15 per vehicle. Cash only. The event ends at 5:00pm. The park closes at sunset.
Sat 13 Jul
Clermont Grounds and Gardens Tour
Saturday, July 13, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Join us for a summertime tour of Clermont's formal gardens. Walk with one of our experienced tour guides and learn the history of the land. From woods to farmland to manicured lawns, Clermont's landscape has changed with each generation. This tour includes gentle inclines on uneven surfaces. Please wear comfortable footwear and dress for the weather. Please note: The cost of the event is $5 per person, please be prepared to pay at the door. Space is limited. Visitors must register in advance.
Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

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