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Post Card of Mohonk Garden

MOHONK: A LIVING HISTORY

A National Historic Landmark 

When you stay at Mohonk Mountain House, you are choosing to be part of a legacy. As an independent, family-owned property for more than 150 years, the Smiley Family (who has stewarded the organization since its inception) have been pioneers of hospitality and environmental conservation. The facility itself is continuously renovated and restored to ensure that history is preserved for our guests now and in the future. When you visit Mohonk, you are stepping back in time – hike on trails that were built by horsepower and dynamite in the late 19th century, paddle a canoe across Lake Mohonk, and enjoy Afternoon Tea and Cookies in the Lake Lounge each afternoon – just as guests have done for more than 150 years.

Hidden Histories at Mohonk

Hidden Histories AR App Tour

Walk the halls of the Mountain House to locate 12 pieces of artwork and unlock videos hidden within them. When viewing the artwork through the app, guests will see the walls of the Mountain House come to life and unlock Mohonk Stories—videos of Smiley Family members, longtime staff, and loyal guests.

Mohonk and the Smileys Book

Mohonk and the Smileys (2019 Edition)

Written and edited by Larry E. Burgess, the newest edition of Mohonk and the Smileys (formerly titled Mohonk: It’s People and Spirit) details the rich history of the land, the Mountain House, and the Smiley family.

Couple on bridge from 1931

Daily House History Tours

Join a Mountain House staff member or member of the Smiley family for a daily House History Tour. Learn tidbits of Smiley family history and take a step back in time as you enjoy an intimate look at some of Mohonk’s most celebrated spaces.

Mohonk Forest Bathing Trail

Historic Hiking Trails

Explore our extensive 85 miles of hiking paths, trails, and carriage roads that were first built in 1871 by horsepower and dynamite.

Barn Museum

Barn Museum

With a rich and storied history, the Mohonk Barn Museum is a step back in time to the founding of Mohonk Mountain House. With items dating back to the 1800s, the museum showcases items including Victorian-era carriages, antique farm and kitchen equipment, and a 1929 Model A Ford Station Wagon.

Mohonk Gardens in Summer

Victorian Show Garden

Take a stroll through our Victorian show garden that was originated in the late 1880s by our founder Albert Smiley. The gardens held a special place in Albert’s heart: while other departments were held closely accountable for expenses, the Mohonk gardens were and are evaluated along the lines of pleasure, satisfaction, good health, and beauty—but not in dollars.

Paintings of Mohonk book

Paintings at Mohonk (2018)

For more than 150 years, the Mountain House and landscape have been a frequent subject for Hudson River School painters. Sanford Levy, an expert on local 18th and early 19th century art, has created a catalog of Mohonk paintings along with a guide to where they can be seen in the Mountain House. Through fine art, guests can view Mohonk scenes of the past and compare them with the views of today.

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