Description - 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. The site offers audiovisual programs, group tours, guided tours, self-guided tours, multi-use trails, beautifully manicured gardens, a visitor center / museum, interpretive signs, scenic views, picnicking and touring the historic house.
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Clermont State Historic Site
- 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.
Recreation - Clermont State Historic Site offers audio-visual programs, group tours, guided tours, self-guided tours, multi-use trails, beautifully manicured gardens, a visitor center / museum, interpretive signs, scenic views, picnicking, a gift shop and touring the historic house. The gift shop, picnic area and visitor center is handicapped accessible. The site is open April through October, Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (including Monday holidays); November through December 15, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The visitor center ONLY is open between January 1st and March 31st on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3.00 adults, $2.00 NYS senior citizens, $1.00 children ages 5-12. Children under 5 are admitted free.
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.
Clermont State Historic Site is located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River off SR 9G in Germantown.