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“Picturesque historical site on the Hudson - tales of the Livingston Family”

The Clermont Mansion
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Hudson Valley New York Great Estates Pass
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Owner description: Oldest riverfront estate in the mid-Hudson Valley region.
Reviewed 23 November 2017

The park grounds, view over the Hudson, and the Mansion are all remarkable and very beautiful, but the history of this site lies within the Livingston Family. You start your introduction at the gift shop, where you watch a very informative video gaining your first insight into the Livingstons before your designated tour time. The house tour lasts about an hour. Our guide was well informed, engaging, and personal. You are immediately given a genealogy chart on the Livingstons that you reference the entire tour. The view from Clermont’s front door is spectacular overlooking the Hudson. The original mansion was built by Robert Livingston around 1740 on land inherited from his father. The family made its wealth from use of their land. The most interesting story, reminiscence of Gone With The Wind, occurred during the Revolutionary War when a small force of British soldiers burned the original Clermont and twenty four other buildings belonging to the Livingston’s to punish them for their support of the rebels. Margaret Beekman Livingston, the mistress of the house, escaped with her daughters and youngest son clutching a few treasures, one being a clock that was recovered and now stands in the hallway. The most famous member of the Livingston family was Chancellor Robert R. Livingston, Margaret’s son. He served on the Committee of Five to draft the Declaration of Independence, but in his absence his cousin Phillip did the signing. Robert had the distinct honor of giving the presidential oath of office to George Washington, was lead negotiator of the Louisiana Purchase and the co-inventor of the first commercial steam boat. The mansion is beautiful and tells the story of this most notable family in American history. Well done

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

This house and grounds looked amazing from our stance while on a cruise of the Hudson River. We did not have a chance to tour the home but it looked splendid from our vantage point.

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Beautifully restored & preserved home of the Livingston Family. Taking the guided tour is a must but start with the video in the gift shop so you'll have background information. It is easy to imagine how grand this house was when it was built. The grounds are extensive & the views of the Hudson River are breathtaking.

Thank Cyndi D
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

This house and property belonged to the the Livingston family who lived here for 7 generations and built the house in the 1700s. It is operated by the State of New York. Parking fee for the state park is $5 and admission to the house is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors. Rebecca, one of the docents, gave an excellent tour of this two story mansion and detailed information and history about the Livingston family. Great local and American history.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

An excellent tour, I highly recommend it. Good lesson in early American history. Did not know that the Hudson River used to be called the North River.

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