Richard "Dick" Jenrette and Elliott Lindsley '52 (BardCorps)


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Friend of Bard

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"I was a new member of the board of the Historic Hudson Valley. I called Laurance Rockefeller and told him 'I have a place your dream can be furthered of house museums from New York to Albany.' And so he came [to Montgomery Place] and saw it and liked it."

-- Dick Jenrette


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Amy Husten, Helene Tieger, '85


In the fall of 2017, five people gathered in the parlor of Montgomery Place to share and record stories of the house, many of its occupants, and some regional history. Dick Jenrette of Edgewater, and his longtime friend Canon Elliott Lindsley ‘52, were interviewed by Amy Husten, Managing Director at Montgomery Place and Helene Tieger ‘85, College Archivist. Anna Hallett, ‘21 recorded the conversation. Dick discussed his involvement with Historic Hudson Valley; his love of classical architecture in general; and his abiding interest in Montgomery Place. Elliott talked about his introduction to and subsequent involvement with Montgomery Place; his many years as vicar at St. Paul’s and Trinity Parish, in Tivoli; the Delafields’ connection to St. Paul’s; and the association of Margaret and John Bard with the original Trinity Parish. As the conversation wound down, Dick and Elliott concluded that with Bard’s purchase of Montgomery Place, it was in “good hands.”

Richard “Dick” Jenrette died in April of 2018.


Bard College; Montgomery Place; Annandale; Barrytown; Bill Thompson; Historic Houses of the Hudson Valley; Red Hook; Edgewater; Gore Vidal; Hudson River; New York City; Anthony Hail; San Francisco; Rome; Hudson Valley; Hollywood; George Roy Hill; Historic Hudson Valley; John White Delafield; Laurance Rockefeller; Albany; Dennis Delafield; Violetta White Delafield; Columbia University; New Jersey; Cedar Hill; Summit, New Jersey; Germantown; Blithewood; Robert Donaldson; Fayetteville, North Carolina; University of North Carolina; London; New York; James Donaldson; A.J. Downing; A.J. Davis; John and Margaret Bard; Livingston (family); Donaldson (family); John R. Livingston; Janet (Livingston Montgomery); Margaret Livingston Brown; (Rawlins) Lowndes Brown; Charleston, South Carolina; Revolutionary War; Alida (Schuyler Livingston); Louise Livingston; Sawkill; John Church Cruger; More Adventures of Old Houses; Mrs. Robert Donaldson (Susan Gaston Donaldson); Harrison Cultra; Brooklyn Museum; Duncan Phyfe furniture; Edward Livingston; Louisiana; Howland Davis; America; Saint Paul’s Church; Tivoli; General John Ross Delafield; Battery; World War II; Teviotdale; Robert L. Livingston; Trinity Church; Episcopal; Scotland; Madalin, New York; Astor (family); Clarkson (family); Henry de Koven; Christ Church Red Hook; Church of the Messiah; Rhinebeck; Trinity Military Academy; James Starr Clark; Saint Paul’s & Trinity Parish; Saint Stephen’s College; Wall Street; George F. Baker; J.P. Morgan; Harvard Business School; Ayr Mount; Duke University; Hillsborough, North Carolina; South Carolina; Millford Plantation; St. Croix; Virgin Islands; Gone With the Wind; Raleigh, North Carolina; Classical American Homes; Arthur “Artie” Carlson ‘79; Shakespeare; Jacques Cartier Rose (Livingston Rose); Joe Butler; Andrew Jackson; Tennessee


Montgomery Place, Red Hook, NY

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