Clermont

We stopped by Clermont, the original 18th century Livingston mansion (eventually there were several more). As with other famous early American houses, in this era of McMansions, what strikes you first is that it’s not really that big. Luxury in the time of Robert R. Livingston was just ordinary living for many Americans today.

Also striking is how close it is to the river, literally a stone’s throw. The river provided their version of the NY Thruway, a quick trip down to the city. Edward, familiar with this topography, no doubt understood well how important the Mississippi was to New Orleans when he arrived there in 1803.

I’m interested in getting permission to use a portrait of Louise Livingston that I thought was here, but they tell me it’s at Montgomery Place.

The handsome author poses on the Hudson River side of the Clermont estate, July 2014.

The handsome author poses on the Hudson River side of the Clermont estate, July 2014.