Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus
An American Treasure
Montgomery Place, a 380-acre estate adjacent to the main Bard College campus and overlooking the Hudson River, is a designated National Historic Landmark set amid rolling lawns, woodlands, and gardens, against the spectacular backdrop of the Catskill Mountains. Renowned architects, landscape designers, and horticulturists worked to create an elegant and inspiring country estate consisting of a mansion, farm, orchards, farmhouse, and other smaller buildings. The Montgomery Place estate was owned by members of the Livingston family from 1802 until the 1980s. In 1986, Livingston heir John Dennis Delafield transferred the estate to Historic Hudson Valley in whose hands it remained until 2016, when Bard College acquired the property.
Visit Montgomery Place
The Montgomery Place grounds are open to explore every day from dawn to dusk free of charge. We offer regular mansion tours on Saturdays from June 1 through October 12.
The Gilded Garden: Historic Ornament in the Landscape at Montgomery Place
An exhibit of decorative garden ornaments from the extensive Montgomery Place collectionThe gardens at Montgomery Place once featured decorative garden ornaments and furniture, displaying a wide mix of styles, alongside the plants. Examples of statuary, furniture, potted plants, and hanging baskets that have been documented in early photographs of Montgomery Place will be presented in the exhibition.