The Clermont Mansion

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Oldest riverfront estate in the mid-Hudson Valley region.
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826Suzie
Royal Oak, MI55 contributions
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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
Boonton316 contributions
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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, NY106 contributions
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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Kay_from_NYC
New York City, NY177 contributions
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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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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,694 contributions
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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Evan I
Brooklyn, NY536 contributions
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, NY52 contributions
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
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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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Nanotchka
Germantown, NY20 contributions
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The early home of the Livingston family, aristocratic 18th century settlers. Located on a bluff overlooking the majestic Hudson River, with gardens and grounds to explore, well run by the State of New York. Tours and a good gift shop, too.
Written December 11, 2018
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ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, PA501 contributions
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My husband and I visited this site the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. We had visited Vanderbilt Mansion and then the Staatsburg estate before this one; we arrived here just at 3:00 p.m. to find it was their final tour of the day. We dashed to catch up with the tour guide, intending to return to the visitors center after the tour to watch the video and see the exhibits, which we had missed. Unfortunately, when we walked back down from the main house about 4:00 p.m., we found the visitors center (in the Carriage Barn) locked up already. It would have been nice if they stayed open until the final tour guests had a chance to finish their visit (and perhaps use the restrooms before hitting the road!); a 4:30 p.m. closing would have been much more accommodating. Also, be aware that they didn't accept credit cards.

Other than this, our tour of the house was very enjoyable; our tour guide (Jane Miller) was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and very much brought the history to life. One helpful thing she did was to hand each of us a laminated Livingston family tree diagram for reference during the tour, so we could follow the various family members and their stories.

This is a nice site to learn some area history and enjoy a preserved homestead. Just wish we got the full visitor experience before time ran out (thus only 3 out of 5 stars).
Written September 12, 2018
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