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Review of Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place
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Owner description: Montgomery Place, a serene reflection of nearly 200 years of continuous family stewardship, is best known as a landscape influenced by the great Andrew Jackson Downing and an architectural landmark designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. But the totality of the estate - house, gardens, arboretum, woodlands, orchards, hamlet, and natural features - makes it a unique American treasure.The 380-acre property is an amazingly intact example of Hudson Valley estate life. Each of the estate's features has a story to tell about changing American attitudes toward nature, landscape, and home design over time.
New Paltz, New York
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61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2012

If you're anywhere in the vicinity of Rhinebeck or Bard College, go! One of the most beautiful spots on the Hudson River and now it's free. Get there before 7 PM though. If you get locked in,it's easy to open the gate so don't panic.

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English first
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76 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2012

Nice grounds for a lovely old home. Cute little hiking trails. Nice place to picnic with gorgeous views.

Visited July 2012
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New York City, New York
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133 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Beautiful Falls”
Reviewed 1 July 2012

We almost didn't visit this property, but I'm glad we did. Highly recommend the walk to the falls--they were running high and fast after rains and were awesome. A real Catskills/Hudson River Valley experience without much exertion. Great photo opps. There are two paths to choose from. We went down the woodland trail. Well marked, mulched, but steeper of the two. We walked up the old road. We lingered at the falls where they have placed benches. What a great spot! Oh, and the view from the mansion porch with its wicker furniture isn't too bad either. Didn't go in the house, so can't comment on that. Quiet place. Great view of fields and farmland.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank Loretta S
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Pine Plains, New York
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93 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Near Bard College and Poet's Walk”
Reviewed 22 June 2012

Grounds , house and garden very pleasant and easy to manage. Near Bard College and Poet's Walk which you could do in a day. All on the Hudson!!!!

1 Thank joan7770
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New York
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131 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Some Things You Need to Know”
Reviewed 20 June 2012

I highly recommend the house tour and suggest you verify the tour schedule in advance of your visit. Then, plan ahead to allow time to walk from the parking lot to the front door of the mansion where the tour starts (it took us ten minutes.) Next to the parking lot is a visitors center and / or gift shop not currently in use, but the rest rooms were open.

If you arrive early for a tour, you can explore the grounds and gardens, hike down to a waterfall (about 15 minutes one-way), or sit on one of the lovely porches and gaze at the view.

This is not your typical historic home furnished with “period” furniture from elsewhere. The furnishings, paintings, and objects stayed with the home. The tour focuses on the generations of occupants and how they viewed and modified Montgomery Place, and makes things all come together.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank Susanarl
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