“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Germantown in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Carriage Barn

The Carriage Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 9, 2020
1. The Carriage Barn Marker
Clermont's carriage barn, which replaced an earlier greenhouse, was built in three stages between 1850 and 1900. In addition to the barn, the structure includes a stable containing six standing stalls and a box stall. The building is covered with board-and-batten siding, has a slate roof, and is now the site's Visitors Center.

When owned by John Henry Livingston (1848–1927) in the 1920s, the building housed carriage horses, carriages, sleighs, the ice yacht Arrow, and the family's first automobile. The Livingstons, like many people, were always proud of their cars and photographed many of them.

Photo Captions

Left: John Henry Livingston (1848-1927), great-grandson of Chancellor Livingston, stands in front of the carriage barn in this 1913 photograph. With him is Rufus, the family's English bloodhound. This is the day Rufus arrived at Clermont, "a wriggling mass of jolly fat,” as Alice Delafield Clarkson described him.

Top center: John Henry Livingston on the east porch, ca. 1900.

Top Right: As soon as the Hudson River froze, the Arrow came
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out of storage. John Henry Livingston and his neighbors took great delight racing their ice yachts up and down the river. Ice yachts are still used on the Hudson River and can reach speeds up to 60 mph. Currier & Ives, Ice Boat Race on the Hudson.

Bottom Right: In this ca. 1917 photograph, a smiling chauffeur Christopher, greets John Henry as the girls sit waiting in the family's first car. Janet pretends to drive while Honoria tries out the rear passenger seat.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 42° 5.1′ N, 73° 55.111′ W. Marker is near Germantown, New York, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from Clermont Avenue. Marker is at the visitor center for Clermont State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Clermont Avenue, Germantown NY 12526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lilac Walk (within shouting distance of this marker); Robert R. Livingston (within shouting distance of this marker); A River Highway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Locust Avenue (about 500 feet away); A Vast Estate on the Hudson (about 500 feet away); Burned by the British (about 600 feet
The Carriage Barn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, May 9, 2020
2. The Carriage Barn Marker
away); Clermont (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Clermont (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Germantown.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 23, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 23, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 23, 2023