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.
Digital Exhibition: The Mushroom Drawings of Violetta Delafield
Violetta White Delafield lived at Montgomery Place with her husband, John Ross Delafield, and their children from 1922 until her death in 1949. As a young woman, Violetta took an interest in botany and began to collect various fungi specimens in the rural Northeast, publishing scholarly works on the mushroom specimens she collected. After her marriage in 1904, she suspended such contributions. As with most women in the sciences, her studies were viewed as "amateur." In spite of this, Violetta continued to collect and document specimens at her various summer homes in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New York, sharing her interest with her husband. This student-curated exhibition hosted by the Stevenson Library at Bard College showcases some of Delafield's research.