Janet Livingston Montgomery - Aristocrat and Estate Creator

Janet Livingston Montgomery

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Aristocrat and Estate Creator

During the era when Janet Montgomery owned Montgomery Place, the work force routinely consisted of 20 or more enslaved and free people.

The African-American laborers  included Tom, Jacob, Harry, George, Sally Gilson, and Louisa, among many others. At Hudson River estates like Montgomery Place, enslaved individuals hauled building materials, constructed buildings, farmed, gardened, worked as house servants, and carried goods and produce to landings for transport. 

The “Clermont” on the Hudson River, after Charles Saint-Mémin, in The Iconography of Manhattan Island, by I. N. P. Stokes (1915-28).