The Montgomery Place grounds are open for public access on Saturdays and Sundays only from dawn to dusk.
Mansion tours continue to be suspended. The Annandale campus remains closed to the public at this time. Visit Bard's COVID-19 Response website
for more information.
Be Ready and Resilient
While Visiting Montgomery Place Campus
Note the Following:
- All bathrooms are closed to the public until further notice
- This is a carry in/carry out facility
- Stay on groomed paths and trails
- Avoid touching objects and surfaces, including park signage
- Don’t share equipment such as balls, frisbees, etc. with those not in your household
- Groups should be limited to members of a household
Exploring Our Grounds
- The Montgomery Place grounds are open on Saturdays and Sundays only from dawn to dusk free of charge. Please park only in the Visitors Center parking lot.
- Please help us maintain the beauty of these grounds by carrying out whatever you bring in. Trash bins are located only at the Visitors Center.
- Please do not disturb or collect plants, animals, or rocks.
- When walking the trails, please remain on the paths to assist with erosion control and reduce incidents of Lyme disease.
- The Sawkill Trail and South Woods Trail have uneven terrain and are occasionally steep and muddy. The West Lawn Trail features sloping terrain.
- Pets are not allowed on the property.
Past Programs and Exhibitions
Programs and exhibitions at the Montgomery Place Campus focus on people, place, and history. We consider the estate in its Hudson Valley context, with an eye on the region's changing economy and agriculture. We look toward the future, considering conservation and education.
Installation by Nicole Schemansky. Photo by Roman Hrab (detail)
Fall Sculpture Exhibit: Inside Out
Professor Judy Pfaff’s fall sculpture class, Installation, moves outdoors with the exhibition Inside Out. Seven artists have created site-specific works installed throughout the grounds of Montgomery Place, responding to the landscape and activating the surrounding environs and their features. Virtual exhibit coming soon!
Spring 2020 Salon Series at Montgomery Place
Guardians of the Garden
200 Years of Pioneering Women in Horticulture
Montgomery Place’s 2020 spring lecture series, with its focus on women and horticulture, has been postponed indefinitely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This multidisciplinary series—organized and sponsored by Montgomery Place, the Horticulture Department at Bard College, and the nonprofit organization Hudson River Heritage—spotlights inspiring women and their work in the field of horticulture.
Stay tuned to our website for scheduling updates.
Renewable Energies: Balancing Outputs and Historic Landscapes
2019 Fall Salon Series
The Montgomery Place Fall Salon Series, Renewable Energies: Balancing Outputs and Historic Landscapes, presented two sessions highlighting how a local community balances the implementation of renewable energies within an historically significant landscape.
Session 1: Solar Energy | November 12, 3–5 p.m.
Session 2: Hydro Energy | December 3, 3–5 p.m.
The Gilded Garden: Historic Ornament in the Landscape at Montgomery Place
An exhibit of decorative garden ornaments from the extensive Montgomery Place collection
The 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. On view through October 2019.
Exhibition produced in partnership with and curated by Barbara Israel and her staff from Barbara Israel Garden Antiques. Funding provided by the A. C. Israel Foundation and Plymouth Hill Foundation.
Toward an Ethical Imagination: Gilsonfest
March 10 – September 11, 2019
Gilsonfest was a Bard College–led collaboration including Historic Red Hook, the Dutchess County Historical Society, and the Red Hook Quilters, funded by the Lumina Foundation, that focused on the life of Alexander Gilson (c. 1824–89). Gilson was an African American who labored for 50 years at Montgomery Place, eventually becoming the head gardener.
“The Goonies” (1985). ©Warner Brothers/Photofest
Fisher Center at Montgomery Place
A series of free outdoor programming for all ages!
Fridays and Saturdays, September 7–21
The Fisher Center at Bard presents a second season of free outdoor events on the grounds of Montgomery Place, a National Historic Landmark overlooking the Hudson River: a puppet circus extravaganza, music from the border and beyond, and two under-the-stars film screenings set against the backdrop of the riverbank.
James Mongan Solo Acoustic-Electric Concert
Saturday, August 31, 4–5:00 pm
James Mongan and Star Children, “Modern pop for vintage tastes, Catskill style.”
Montgomery Place at Bard College, Mansion House North Porch. Bring a picnic, lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show. Free admission.
Outdoor Yoga at Montgomery Place
All levels yoga with Danielle Degutz '19
Sundays, June 16 — August 25
10:00 am — 11:15 am
All are invited to practice yoga on beautiful summer mornings at Montgomery Place. Using nature as our inspiration, we go through a flow connected with breath and hold powerful postures. Bring a yoga mat and water and meet at the Visitor Center. The program is free to the Bard community and general public but donations are gladly accepted.
Spring Salon Series on Music of the Gilded Age
May 11, 18, and 26, 2019
A series of concerts and lectures hosted in partnership with Hudson River Heritage and coproduced and curated by Christopher Brellochs.
Pictured: The Musical Life of Cora Livingston Barton and Her Husband Thomas Barton at Montgomery Place. Recital with Christopher Brellochs, saxophone and Rita Costanzi, harp. Montgomery Place Mansion House Parlor. Photos by Karl Rabe
Photo by Chris Kendall '82
The Gardener of Montgomery Place and the Composer of Newburgh, New York
Outdoor performance with Christopher Brellochs, soprano saxophone; Eric Aweh, alto saxophone; Joe North, tenor saxophone; Wayne Tice, baritone saxophone. Montgomery Place North Porch. May 2019. Part of the Music of the Gilded Age Salon Series.
Salon Series on Agriculture
Saturday, October 6, 2018
A daylong gathering of community members, students, and academics, representing farmers, lawyers, journalists, business and finance, and more, came together to address these questions: Can the Northeast feed itself? If so, should it? At what environmental or other costs/benefits? The 2018 Montgomery Place Salon Series was organized in partnership with Rose Hill Farm and the Hudson Valley Young Farmers Coalition.
Photo by Sarah Wallock '19
Trees under Threat: Pests and Diseases that Endanger Our Trees Today
August 10 – October 31, 2018
Presented by the Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College, this seasonal exhibition focused on some of the tree insects and diseases that are endangering trees across the Northeast. The interpretive exhibit, which was installed in the Greenhouse Tool Room on the Montgomery Place Campus, explored signs and symptoms, early detection, and efforts under way to protect trees and promote tree conservation.
Montgomery Place: A Window on the World of Alexander Jackson Davis’ Architecture and Design
Spring 2018 Salon Series
April 14 – May 5, 2018
Our Spring Salon Series, organized in partnership with Hudson River Heritage, took place on four consecutive Saturdays beginning April 14. The series centered on the work of Alexander Jackson Davis, America's leading architect of country houses in the mid–19th century—many of them, including Montgomery Place, located in the Hudson River Valley.
Historic Garden Tools of Montgomery Place
July – October 2017
Historic Garden Tools of Montgomery Place is a virtual exhibition of the garden implements used at Montgomery Place for vegetable gardening, landscaping, orchard care, and floral display from the late 19th to mid-20th century. This online exhibit is based on an exhibition organized by the Bard Landscape and Arboretum Program that was on display in the Greenhouse Tool Room on the Montgomery Place Campus from July to October 2017.
Hudson Valley Climate Salon Series
Climate Chaos and Its Impact on the People and Places of the Mid-Hudson Valley
October 29 – November 19, 2017
Over four Sundays in October and November 2017 we examined a changing climate and its impact on the people and places of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Each week we explored a different theme: the Hudson River, farming, forests, and Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.