Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus

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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.
Proposed Microhydropower Project at Montgomery Place

Proposed Microhydropower Project at Montgomery Place

Public Comment Period Ends on December 30
In 2016, Bard was awarded funding from NYSERDA to evaluate whether one or both of the Montgomery Place historic dams could be sites for micro hydropower. The College has released an Initial Consultation Document (ICD) to the public that describes the proposed plan for the upper dam, known as Annandale Dam. Public comments on the proposal can be sent by mail to Joel Herm at Current Hydro, LLC, PO Box 224, Rhinebeck, NY 12572-0224, or by email at

More about Bard's NYSERDA grant
Download the ICD
Project Background from the Bard CEP Eco Reader
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Year-End Report 2016–17

Year-End Report
January 2016–17 (PDF)
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Year-End Report 2017–18

Year-End Report
January 2017–18 (PDF)
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