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Cac1234 wrote a review Oct 2020
Germantown, New York1,796 contributions167 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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bugsycatsmith wrote a review Feb 2019
Rush, New York70 contributions11 helpful votes
We were looking for something to do on a cold snow free day in January and this place came up in a search. The original house was built overlooking the Hudson in the early 1800s by a member of the locally famous and prolific Livingstone family. Two symmetrically placed wings were added later that century to give it its current classic appearance. The grounds are quite extensive, with Amtrac zipping along below the mansion along the river. There are also several outbuildings, none of which, including the mansion, are open for tours in the winter. So I have nothing to report on the mansion itself. Hence the 4 stars. There was black bear poop all around the grounds, so I suppose one mist keep that in mind. Amazingly, the original family lived here into the 80s before turning it over to some trust. The trust could not afford to maintain it and turned it over to Bard College, which uses the grounds as part of its Bard Prison Initiative. There are several trails. Best to go in the warmer weather if you want to see the house.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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THOMAS D wrote a review Aug 2018
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Once part of Historic Hudson Valley. the building & grounds are now owned by Bard Collage. Site includes a tour of the main house (Check schedule due to limited tour times), gardens, walking trails & a couple of out buildings.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Cindy W wrote a review Jul 2018
New York City, New York641 contributions205 helpful votes
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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!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Daphneleah wrote a review Nov 2017
Los Angeles, California8 contributions3 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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