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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
  • $10 - adult
    $8 - 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 - $600

  • 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.


Thu 25 Jul
Harmonies on the Hudson Presents: Jasperoo Arryl
Thursday, July 25, 2024 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Jasperoo is an acoustic, instrumental duo with John Bunge on banjo and slide guitar and MaryBeth Bunge on rhythm guitar. Based in New York's Hudson Valley, they are popular at festivals, markets, and special events playing deep folk and blues, from the 19th century to modern originals. 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.
Sun 28 Jul
A Connection of this Kind: The Romantic Friendship of Robert R. Livingston and John Jay
Sunday, July 28, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Robert R. Livingston and John Jay shared an extremely intimate friendship during a significant portion of their lives. This lecture will plumb the depths of that relationship in the context of the time the men lived in. 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
Sat 03 Aug
Crafty Kids!
Saturday, August 3, 2024 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Spend the morning creating with Crafty Kids! Enjoy a snack as you paint a picture frame, design an 18th century paper doll, or let your imagination run wild with our arts and crafts supplies! Light instruction is offered, creativity is encouraged. Please note: The cost of the event is $5 per person, please be prepared to pay at the door. This is a children's program; all children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must be accompanied by a child. Visitors must register in advance at bookeo.com/Clermont.
Registration: Required
Sun 11 Aug
Tracing Material Histories in Clermont’s Collections – An Art History Tour
Sunday, August 11, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Meet at the Visitor Center. Join us for an exploration into the material histories of the objects and artworks in Clermont's collections. Just as the current interpretation of the site seeks to shed light on the life and legacies of the enslaved people, servants, and laborers who worked at Clermont, this tour will uncover the connections the collection maintains to systems of trade, industry, and labor through the materiality of the objects themselves. From silver to mother-of-pearl to the pigment used to capture the likeness of the most prominent Livingstons, this material exploration will seek to expand our understanding of the origins of this collection by discussing who and what went into making it. 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.
Registration: Required
Sun 18 Aug
The Unsinkable Margaret Beekman
Sunday, August 18, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Clermont State Historic Site
Perhaps known as Clermont's most important matriarch, Margaret Beekman Livingston features in all the major stories of this house's history – and this year we celebrate the 300th anniversary of her birth! Today, hear from the lady herself as she shares what it was like to be from two influential and local families, to mother ten children, and to see this house burned and rebuilt. Please note: Space is limited. This program is free of charge, but Visitors must register in advance at bookeo.com/Clermont.
Registration: Required

Amenities Information

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