Clermont Gardens and Grounds are Open Year Round 8:30 AM – Sunset
Visitor Center & Gift Shop Open Wednesday – Sunday 10:30 – 4:00, April 10-October 31; Open Saturdays and Sundays 10:30-4:00 November and December, until December 15th.
Tours 11-4 (last tour 4:00) Wednesday – Sunday, April 10- October 31, Saturday & Sunday 11-3 (last tour 3:00) November & December up until the 15th For more information or to schedule a group tour, call 518-537-4240
Date(s) Day(s) Time Event
Now Through May 15th
Calling all writers, creative types, & lovers of the written word! We want your writing to add to the June 7th Wordscape Poetry Trail @ Clermont. Submission form here.
March 28 Saturday 10am – 1pm
Harvesting History Spring Workshop: Starting Seeds for the Home Kitchen Garden. The James D. Livingston Library at Clermont Cottage – Learn practical seed starting methods for today, including how the seeds are started for the Harvesting History program as well historic methods used by the Livingstons at Clermont. Participants will each seed a mixed flat of tomatoes, peppers, or eggplant to bring home. Class is appropriate for all experience levels. We will provide a limited selection of heirloom organic seeds, bring your own seeds if desired. $25 materials fee. Spaces are limited so please reserve by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the Friends Office at 518-537-6622
April 11 Saturday 2pm-4pm
Exhibit Opening – “Chancellor Livingston: Reexamining a Forgotten Founding Father.”
April 18 Saturday 11pm-4pm
The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase – Shearing, spinning, dyeing, knitting and weaving demos, exhibit of various sheep breeds and other wool bearing animals, wool artisans and shops, music & food. $8 per car event fee, Friends of Clermont Members $6.
May 10 Sunday 1pm
Mother’s Day Tea - Enjoy a family themed tour of Clermont’s gardens and share a beautiful tea with a mother you love. $15 pp, free for children under 5. Reservations required.
June 7 Sunday 4pm-6pm
Wordscape @ Clermont: A Poetry Trail – A trail winds through woods and gardens, lined with poetry, Haikus, quotes, and brief prose, contributed by the community, and ending at the barn where we’ll celebrate with readings. Installations will be laminated to remain through June and can be viewed whenever the park is open.
June 20 Saturday 11am-12pm
Children’s Play Day – 18th Century Dancing – Get a sneak peak into Clermont’s beloved Junior History Club activities at this FREE preview! Learn the basics of 18th Century social dancing with your child. Some children’s costumes available. Recommended for children 6-12.
July 4 Saturday 2pm-10pm
An Old-Fashioned Independence Day – 18th Century crafts, re-enactors, music and entertainment. A great day for young families. Later, enjoy live music and delicious hot food with a view of the Saugerties Fireworks over the Hudson River ($10 per car, Friends of Clermont $8).
July 13-17 Monday – Friday 9am-3pm
Young Writer’s Camp – Clermont Partners with the SUNY New Paltz Hudson Valley Writing Project – Where Art, History, and Nature Meet! Writing Camp for young people ages 12-16. Get inspired at Clermont, home to one of the oldest and most prominent families in New York State! Hike the rails, explore the pet cemetery, walk on stilts, play croquet, view artifacts & old family photographs, and picnic alongside the mighty Hudson River. Writer’s will learn Livingston Family stories, while creating stories and memories of their own. Fills up fast, so call to reserve your spot @ 518-537-6622.
July 18 Saturday 11am-1pm
Children’s Play Day – Recreating Historic Food in a Modern Kitchen – Share a cooking experience with your child as you learn how to recreate 18th century recipes in your own kitchen. Recommended for children 6-12. We are allergy-friendly, but please call ahead if you need special foods.
August 1 Saturday
Friends of Clermont Summer Gala - The Friends of Clermont are proud to honor Joan K. Davidson, founder of Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, at the 2015 annual benefit event.
August 3-7 Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Junior History Club – For children 7-12 ($140 per child, $125 per child for Friends of Clermont Members).
September 12 Saturday 3pm
The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science, Akiko Busch – Furthermore grant recipient, reads from her new book. Busch combines her love of nature with elegant writing and makes us look more closely at the Hudson River and its valley.
September 26 Saturday 9am-7pm
Hudson Valley Apple Festival – Join Clermont in the town of Germantown for this old-fashioned family festival. Clermont will be teaching historic love-charms using apples. See www.HudsonalleyAppleFestival.com for a full list of activities.
October 16, 17, 23, 24 Friday & Saturdays 6pm-9pm
Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours – Candlelight tours of the museum & grounds; ghosts and spooks of the museum’s history. Tours at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, & 9:00 ($10 per adult, $5 per child, all Friends of Clermont $5. Reservations required).
December 5 & 6 Saturday & Sunday 10am-12pm
A Child’s Christmas – Drop in for stories read under the Christmas tree and treats for children ages 3-10 ($4 per person).
December 12 Saturday 5pm-7pm
Friends of Clermont Holiday Party – Free for members; guests $10.
December 13 Sunday 3pm-6pm
Candlelight Tours of Clermont – Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail +traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen ($12 adult; $5 children under 12).
December 19 Saturday 11am-4pm
Christmas at Clermont Open House – A great day for families, get a sneak peak behind the scenes with self guided tours. Free admission.