Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place, Annandale on Hudson: Address, Phone Number, Montgomery Place Reviews: 4/5

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Montgomery Place, a serene reflection of nearly 200 years of continuous family stewardship, is best known as a landscape influenced by the great Andrew Jackson Downing and an architectural landmark designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. But the totality of the estate - house, gardens, arboretum, woodlands, orchards, hamlet, and natural features - makes it a unique American treasure.The 380-acre property is an amazingly intact example of Hudson Valley estate life. Each of the estate's features has a story to tell about changing American attitudes toward nature, landscape, and home design over time.
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zodreb
New York City, NY178 contributions
There are tons of short trails to choose from. There is also a beautiful garden with a frog pond and yet another garden area. The trails are all fairly short. One of the trails ends at a small dock and frankly if someone is there hogging it you are out of luck because there's room for 2 people there and that's it, you have gone down that trail for nothing. There are bathrooms within easy distance of all areas, you are not more than 15 minutes away from the closest restroom at any time. It's absolutely worth a visit and you can take as long or short as you want here because all the trails converge in the middle area so you can choose to go down as many or few as you want. It is not the greatest place ever but it is really a nice diversion, and if you are stuck for something to do in the area as a tourist, it is a good option. This place is also perfect for a date or a picnic honestly. Nice big parking lot. Make sure you turn into it and do not drive straight onto the grounds, that is for employees only.
Written July 3, 2022
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Cac1234
Germantown, NY2,085 contributions
The grounds and hiking trails at Montgomery Place are lovely any time of year. The estate sits on the Hudson River and one may take a tour of the mansion when it is open. The Saw Kill Trail leads down to the old bath houses with views of a lake, as well as the former power station near Tivoli South Bay. The trail leading from the power station past the beautiful lower falls takes one through the woods up to the mansion. This trail is more challenging over some rocky areas and is less traveled. The South Woods Trail is more open and softer under foot. It leads through beautiful woods with lovely views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. At the end there are some stone steps where one may relax and enjoy the riverscape.
Written October 9, 2020
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,684 contributions
I had not been to Montgomery Place since it was sold to Bard and now the mansion and its unique furnishings are closed to the public. Still the grounds are open from Dawn to Dusk and it is fun to walk along the paths that so many famous people walked.

The mansion and its grounds speak loudly about the Livingston family and their dominance in the Hudson River Valley at the turn of the last century. The house needs work but the local garden club keeps the gardens in check during the season and the views from the back of the house to the Hudson River are breathtaking.

It is still a nice journey to exploring the paths and gardens of Montgomery Place.
Written October 20, 2021
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Kay_from_NYC
New York City, NY177 contributions
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Great little home. The tour was great, the tour guide told a story about the home, who lived in it, and how the home fit into American history. They have copies of original documents in each room to supplement the narrative. Really well presented.

In case it's helpful for others planning visits to historic homes in the Hudson Valley, I've visited a whole bunch, and included my list of favorites below. I enjoy interesting tours that tell a story and teach me something more than fancy homes. That said, if you're looking for fancy, the Vanderbilt Mansion is both opulent and has a great tour.

Loved it
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Philipsburg Manor
Washington Irving's Sunnyside

Liked it
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum/FDR Home (Springwood)
Olana State Historic Site
Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Montgomery Place Historic Estate

Not that great
Lyndhurst
Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion)
Cedar Grove: Thomas Cole National Historical Site
Locust Grove (Samuel Morse Historic Site)
Wilderstein

Haven't Visited
Clermont
Martin Van Buren National Historical Site
Boscobel Restoration
Van Cortland Manor
Written June 22, 2015
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Shelby S
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Friends
This property has so much potential, and is clearly architecturally and historically significant for many reasons. Nice grounds, beautiful house, and interesting history - but because of the quality of our tour, the knowledge of the tour guide, and the limited access in the house, we had to discover most of this own our own. The tour was disjointed and did not fully explain the history of the house or the family, and information about the landscape and how to find many of the outbuildings was lacking. Our guide could not accurately answer questions or provide any information that was not in the prepared script. Only the first floor is open for a tour, which should be very clearly stated on the website. It is such a shame that such an interesting place is not done more justice.
Written May 17, 2014
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Footprints6782
Chatham, NY1 contribution
Beautifull grounds, great view, gorgeous historic home. Disapointed that it was only open to public on first floor and basement kitchen.
Guide was very well informed. But most importantly, handicapped accomodations are not made apparent. Beginning of tour involves a LONG walk from parking to Mansion site. Indoor tour does not offer seating for elderly or handicapped. Tourists then return by walking back the long drive to the parking site. Golf carts are on the grounds and used by staff, but there are no apparent offers for tourist use. I would return to tour second story of building after restoration, but I won't bring my elderly mother or my sister with their limited endurance levels. They were exhausted.
Written October 17, 2003
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Cindy W
New York City, NY686 contributions
Couples
The ground is open all year round (free) and visitors can walk around the trails and explore all the beauty this place can offer! But to visit the mansion, the tour is only available on Saturdays for $10pp at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30 (6/2 to 10/13). Bathroom facilities were clean.

We came here on a Sunday so the place was very quiet..we saw about 8 people while roaming around. The nice part about coming on a Sunday is that you get to sit at the outdoor patio of the house and admire the view at your own leisure.

Make sure to walk through the rough garden and the new garden!
Written July 30, 2018
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murphman
Bridgeton, NJ307 contributions
Couples
We visited Montgomery Place the last week in October. The mansion is very nice but the tour is limited to the first floor only. Our tour guide was very good. We would go back in the summer when the gardens are in full bloom and you can see the waterfalls. The mansion is closed for the season now. They have so many opportunities to make this a great place to visit. They could decorate the home for Christmas and have special events but they must have a limited budget to operate the mansion.
Written October 29, 2012
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Daphneleah S
Los Angeles, CA9 contributions
Family
It's a simple quiet place but it's inspiring. The docent's are adorable and informative. There are many things I saw that I would love to have or copy. The views are spectacular, it's a great place to take photos.
Written November 8, 2017
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JerseyShoreGma
Asbury Park, NJ119 contributions
Family
We wish we could've gone into the house, since I am descended from its original owner and have been touring all the Livingston homes. But we enjoyed the park, views, and the trails. Especially enjoyed unexpectedly discovering the waterfall while hiking.
Written October 29, 2016
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