Clermont State Historic Site was the Hudson River seat of New York's politically and socially prominent Livingston Family. Seven successive generations of the family left their imprint on the site's architecture, room interiors and landscape. Robert R. Livingston, Jr. was Clermont's most notable resident. His accomplishments include: drafting the Declaration of Independence, serving as first U.S. Minister of Foreign Affairs, administering the oath of office to George Washington, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase and developing steamboat technology with Robert Fulton.
Today, Clermont appears much as it did in the early 20th century, when it was the home of the property's last two generations: Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Livingston and their daughters, Honoria and Janet. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Clermont is also an anchor in the 1990 Hudson River National Landmark District.
Don't miss these popular destinations and attractions within or near Clermont State Historic Site:
- Gift Shop - located in the Visitor's Center, find historic items for everyone on your list.
- Visitors Center - view exhibits about Clermont and the Livingston's
- The Four Gardens of Clermont
South Spring Garden - gorgeous views of the Hudson River
Upper Garden - once provided cut flowers for vases in the house
Walled Garden - influenced by gardens in Florence, Italy
Wilderness Garden - connects the Upper Garden with the Walled Garden, the centerpiece is the fishpond.