Exploring Our Grounds
- The Montgomery Place grounds are open every day 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.
Information about Hunting Season
We do not permit hunting at Montgomery Place, but hunting is allowed on some of the abutting properties. We encourage visitors to wear brightly colored clothing when using the trails during hunting season. Please see below for the hunting season schedule from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Current 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.
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
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
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.
Toward an Ethical Imagination: Gilsonfest
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.
Fisher Center at Montgomery Place
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.
Outdoor Yoga at Montgomery Place
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.
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.
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
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
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.