Description - This 1765 Dutch Colonial house was an active site between the years 1777 and 1783. This was when Poughkeepsie was the Capital of State and several branches of state government convened in town. The site is named after New York's first governor, George Clinton. Educational tours are available throughout the year but must be prearranged.
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Clinton House State Historic Site
- This Dutch Colonial stone house was built in 1765. It was an active site during the years 1777-83 when Poughkeepsie was Capital of State and several branches of state government convened in town. In 1783 after a fire, artisans were ordered from General George Washington's New Windsor Cantonment to rebuild the house. The repairs included construction of the present stairway as well as an enlargement of the house itself. Resembling a small residence in the Dutch style, Clinton House has foundations two feet thick and walls of rough fieldstone, while the gable ends are of wood. It is named in tribute to Governor George Clinton, New York's first governor, who resided in Poughkeepsie for 21 years. Today, tradition presents the house as the headquarters of Governor Clinton, during the discussions preceding the ratification of the federal Constitution in Poughkeepsie, 1789.
Recreation - The Clinton House State Historic Site offers interpretive brochures, a gift shop and historic house. Educational services are available and are handicapped accessible. The historic site is open year-round, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. By appointment only. The site is closed on holidays. Admission is $8 for library use, nominal fee for group and school tours.
Climate - The historic site has a varied climate with average January temperatures ranging from above 22 degrees down to 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt.
The Clinton House State Historic Site is located in Poughkeepsie at Main and North White Streets between the east and west-cound arteries of Rt. 44 / 55.