CLERMONT STATE PARK
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.
In addition to the Clermont family home, the property houses five historic gardens restored to their early 20th century appearance and five marked trails for the outdoor enthusiast. Both hikers and cross country skiers will enjoy the same trails the Livingston family developed as carriage roads, farm roads or as recreation trails for their varied guests. The many acres of fields and woodlands are a birder?s paradise. More than 100 species have been known to visit the estate grounds.
Clermont hosts a variety of annual events throughout the year that highlight the Livingston Family?s relationship to the surrounding community. The spring Sheep and Wool Showcase is based on historical model farming events at Clermont, where groundbreaking work in agriculture and sheep breeding occurred. What better place to celebrate Independence Day than the former home of a drafter of the Declaration of Independence. Families will enjoy a variety of music, performances, and viewing of local fireworks displays. The summer fun continues in August as Clermont celebrates its ties to the steamboat industry on Steamboat Day, a family event in which children can craft their own scrimshaw ornament and watch a theatrical performance on an actual steamboat. Since Clermont was home to the many Livingston dogs, the estate continues to welcome ?a man?s best friend? every October to participate in contests, demonstrations, makeovers, and exhibits in Every Dog Has Its Day. Christmas at Clermont kicks off the winter season with guided tours, candlelight receptions and children?s activities.