HUDSON RIVER HERITAGE
COUNTRY SEATS TOUR
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Photographs courtesy of Pieter Estersohn from his recently published book,Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family
Join us for a tour of some of the historic country seats and buildings built by the prominent Livingston family in Dutchess and Columbia Counties. The Livingstons owned and controlled thousands of acres along the east bank of the Hudson River on which they constructed a number of fine homes. They employed much of the local population in working the land and contributed to their welfare, in the spirit of noblesse oblige, as evidenced by the funding of the Clermont Academy, the first public school in New York State, as well as the Clarkson Chapel.
Our tour this year is dedicated to the memory of the late Richard Hampton Jenrette. Dick was a steadfast supporter of Hudson River Heritage and the Landmark District. In addition to his marvelous restoration of Edgewater, he contributed greatly to the restoration of Montgomery Place, and became a recognized leader in the field of historic preservation. We are fortunate to have Edgewater, now under the ownership and management of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, as one of our tour sites this year. Just upriver, Clermont, Chiddingstone, Midwood, and Richmond Hill are all open for CST visitors, as is the Clarkson Chapel and Clermont Academy, this year’s tour center.
Tour check in starts at 9:30 AM with sites open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (last tour starts at 4:30 PM). Check in at the tour center at the Clermont Academy to obtain your itinerary, map and wristband, then set off to visit these impressive properties. At Clermont State Historic Site, house tours are conducted on the hour from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The advance purchase tour cost is $45 members, $55 non-members through September 30th. Beginning October 1st and at the door, the cost is $50 members, $60 non-members.
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