The Clermont Mansion
The Clermont Mansion
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Oldest riverfront estate in the mid-Hudson Valley region.
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ5,266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
This is the second time I have been to the Clermont Mansion this year for touring. They finally brought back the Ghost Tour of the mansion with costume characters playing members of the family, staff and friends of the family. Since the tours take place at twilight and it is getting dark by 6:30pm, they lined the path to the mansion with lit Jack-o-Lanterns to guide the way which makes the tour more ominous.

I have to admit that some of the actors overdid it but the house itself was dimly lit and well decorated for the Halloween holidays with pumpkin decorations, lit candles by portraits and tables set for Halloween teas. We walked through five rooms to visit the ghosts of that room and hear their stories. I thought it was a fun way to spend the evening.

There was also a small reception for all the visitors in the Visitors Center with fresh Cider Doughnuts, Apple Cider and old-fashioned Halloween candy like Tootsie Rolls and Mary Janes.

It had been raining so much throughout the week that a lot of the foliage had fallen from the trees but the estate grounds still had enough to take pictures of the beauty of the Hudson River Valley.

I returned again at Christmas time to see the mansion decorated for the Christmas holidays for the first time since 2019 (Clermont just resumed these tours this year) and the house was tastefully decorated with Christmas trees, garland and flowers. Actors and volunteers again made the afternoon special with talks about the house, the family's whereabouts during the holidays and what they might have done during Christmas time.

Each room was nicely but not garishly decorated and it was fun exploring the home during the holiday season. In the Visitors Center, there was hot chocolate, hot cider and Christmas cookies and candies for all the visitors. I though this was a nice touch.

Clermont has reopened and their Friends group has done a nice job welcoming people back to the mansion.
Written February 13, 2024
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ5,266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I have been up to Clermont many times, but it was nice to finally come up in the summer months and enjoy the vistas of the river and the gardens which were in bloom. The views of the Hudson River were just spectacular.

The house had a partial renovation on it and the dining room looks really refreshed and the room is back to looking ready to receive guests. The house looks really nice now and the rooms are decorated with the family's heirlooms. It is a step back into a world that no longer exists but is fun to imagine.

The gardens were in bloom with summer flowers and shrubbery and looked so beautiful that afternoon. The price to get in is very reasonable and there is a nice gift shop and information area up in the Visitors Center.

It will be fun to come back to special events at Halloween and Christmas.
Written July 24, 2023
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ5,266 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is my third time to Clermont to see the Christmas decorations for the holidays.

The house itself is very impressive. It is the main home of the Livingston family from the Hudson River Valley fame. The house was deeded to the State of New York when the family could not take care of it anymore and wanted to preserve it.

The home is not as large as some of those further south but the house is steeped in history. The house was built after it had been burned during the Revolutionary War for siding with the patriots and home to some of the most prominent members of the family that history books know of their accomplishments.

When you enter the home, it is all the original furnishings with oil paintings lining the walls. All the rooms are filled with the family heirlooms all decorated for Christmas from between the Revolution to the Victorian Age. Beautiful pine trees and garland decorate the house and the home is set for festivities.

Remember to take one of the guided tours and take your time to explore each room. The view from the house is amazing! With breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Each room is nicely furnished and very well maintained. You will get a real sense of how the Livingston family lived generation after generation and why they loved this house so much.

It was a great tour.
Written December 16, 2019
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Kay_from_NYC
New York City, NY176 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
Arg! They were only taking cash or check the day I tried to visit. I would've had to drive 40 min roundtrip to Rhinebeck to get cash, so I had to skip this one.

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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826Suzie
Royal Oak, MI51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Took a tour of the house and walked the grounds. The house is wonderfully preserved and our guide was knowledgeable. Learned a lot about the Livingston family and how instrumental they were to changing not only the area but American history. Robert R. Livingston, the estate's most prominent resident, was involved in drafting the Declaration of Independence, swore in George Washington as president, was Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and negotiated the Louisiana Purchase. He was also a partner with Robert Fulton, creating the first commercially successful steamboat. Great little museum explains all of the history and the house tour and guide make it "real". Highly recommend.
Written August 21, 2018
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Sharon P
Maplewood, NJ297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
First, if you can visit during the week in off season, do it -- you'll get a private tour full of fascinating information. Tours run on the hour, so try to get here about thirty minutes early to view the film and wander the exhibits before the tour -- you'll be able to follow the complex family lineage better. They do offer a family tree handout to help once you navigate the complex family history. The man who built the house is one of the drafters of the Declaration of the Independence, the man who swore in George Washington as President, and the person primarily responsible for acquiring the land in the Louisiana Purchase. Beautiful woodwork throughout the house, and the furnishings are original and in excellent condition. After viewing the house, you can walk the extensive property and view the gardens. This is a nice way to spend an afternoon.
Written April 21, 2017
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joan7770
Pine Plains, NY102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The movie where the last Livingston to live there gives a personal account of what it was like to grow up there, View of Hudson from Clermont is the best out of all the mansions along the Hudson except for Boscobel
Written June 22, 2012
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Evan I
Brooklyn, NY505 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We have been coming here since 2011 and its always a joy to return. The trails and views around the grounds of Clermont are just wonderful, not to mention the house tours and special events all year long. I make it a point just to stop over at least once a year just to walk the grounds and pick up my Harney's Clermont Tea for the upcoming winter (8 tins a year). Always remember to spare at least thirty minutes to examine the Gift Shoppe at the Visitors Center and chat with the nice folks working there.
My Best Regards to Emily @ the Clermont Gift Shoppe this past Sunday. It was a pleasure meeting and speaking with you and many thanks for reserving my tea stash for the coming cold weather. Happy Holidays!
Written November 13, 2019
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ivanram
Staten Island, NY49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
Good place to soak up some history and spend the afternoon. Extensive grounds to walk around in if weather cooperates.
Written August 15, 2019
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Rogerl53
Guilderland, NY281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Clermont Mansion is the structure at the Clermont Historical Site inside the Clermont State Park near Germantown, New York. We visited the site/park as an opportunity to walk the trails and pathways and see the scenic views of the Hudson River. The setting is very lovely and features just about everything a person could want. There are walks through the woods, ruins of old buildings, wide open lawns, and a fine old mansion. The mansion was once the home of the Livingstone family, one of the most important families of early New York. Definitely a place to see. An easy hour drive from Albany and close to Kinderhook, Hudson, and Tivoli.

Note that this location has a small parking fee, as do nearly all New York State Parks and Historical Sites. You can pay (credit card or cash) at the "pay and display" station, or, do as we have done, purchase a park pass that is good for a year at just about all locations in the state.
Written July 15, 2019
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