We will start the day driving upstate NY to Columbia County; here we will indulge ourselves in a relative short hike (1.5 miles roundtrip) to the 150 ft. High Falls.
The wooded trail is relative flat with only a few hills and inclines and will bring us to a dramatic overlook of the falls. You can choose to hike with your guide from Hines Tours or on your own.
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Next we will visit the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States and a founder of the Democratic Party. Van Buren purchased the estate, which he named Lindenwald, in 1839 during his term as President and it became his home and farm during his retirement.
Lindenwald was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and the The Martin Van Buren National Historic Site was established in 1974. Today, Lindenwald is under the care of the National Park Service.
Receive a guided tour of the 36 room mansion and learn about Van Buren's political career, his life as a gentleman farmer, his family, and the lives of domestic servants and laborers living and working on the property.
We will eat lunch at a local restaurant.
Clermont State Historic Site
Last we will visit Clermont State Historic Site. Also known as the Clermont Estate, the Clermont Manor or just Clermont, is a New York State Historic Site which protects the former estate of the Livingston family, Seven generations of Livingston's lived on the site for more than two centuries. The photos above and the next two photos are from NY State’s website
The estate was established in 1728 by Robert Livingston, and many generations of Livingston’s lived here before being turned over to the New York State in 1962 for use as a historic site. Every generation left a mark on the house and grounds while helping to preserve the rich history. In 1972 the house was designated a National Historic Landmark.
The current site encompasses not only the mansion, but also over 500 acres of landscaped gardens, meadow and woodlands, preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. You will receive a guided tour of the mansion and will have time to enjoy the grounds.