The Livingston mansions of the Hudson Valley are some of the more stately in the country. (Getty Images)

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New York’s Last Aristocrats — a Look Into the Lives of the Livingstons

Robert Livingston emigrated to America in 1673.

A recent book by photographer Peter Estersohn, Life Along the Hudson, The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family, is an artful look into one of America’s oldest and most prodigious families.

After emigrating to America in 1673, Robert Livingston, also known as the Elder, acquired a 162,248-acre tract along the Hudson River, according to Bloomberg. This is where he built Livingston Manner — the multi-homed estate where his family would put down rich roots for generations to come in the town that became known as Livingston, New York.

Over the years, the family’s property holdings grew to more than 240,000 acres where over a dozen grand mansions were built to house the various family members. Today, many of those opulent homes belong to outsiders while others remain, “astonishingly,” as Bloomberg put it, in the hands of direct Livingston descendants.

Estersohn’s book contains photographs and histories of houses like The Porch at Oak Hill, which has been in the Livingston family for nine generations; Montgomery Place, the former home of Edward Livingston, a secretary of state for President Andrew Jackson; and Steen Valetje, which was a gift from Livingston descendent William Backhouse Astor Sr. to his daughter, Laura, when she married Franklin Hughes Delano (the great-uncle of Franklin Delano Roosevelt) in 1844.

Read the full story at Bloomberg