Friendship Hill is the historic home and property of Albert Gallatin. Albert Gallatin started construction of his home in 1789, and he would make several additions to it while he owned Friendship Hill. Later owners would add even more to the house, creating the complex of today. The Albert Gallatin House sits on 600+ acres of land that once served as farm, orchard, and forest for the Gallatin family.
Today, Friendship Hill’s iconic park setting draws thousands of visitors each year, many who create new memories here. And sometimes, those people wish to record their memories here by having photographs taken in the park. Many people use Friendship Hill National Historic Site as the backdrops to memories. But this can sometime lead to situations and problems that can easily be prevented by following the information below.
Anyone who anticipates their use of the park will be beyond what is generally allowed for the public must apply for a permit. For more information about acquiring a permit please consult the section “Ensuring filming or still photography is compliant” below.
Commercial and Non-commercial Filming
Are Video filmers still required to pay fees to film in parks?
Under the interim guidance issued on January 22, 2021, the National Park Service is not collecting application or location fees, or cost recovery for filming activities.
Still photography may be done at Friendship Hill National Historic Site by both visitors and paid photographers. However, a permit is required if any of the following are needed:
*Model means: “a person or object that serves as the subject for commercial filming or still photography for the purpose of promoting the sale or use of a product or service. Models include, but are not limited to, individuals, animals, or inanimate objects, such as vehicles, boats, articles of clothing, and food and beverage products, placed on agency lands so that they may be filmed or photographed to promote the sale or use of a product or service. For the purposes of this part, portrait subjects such as wedding parties and high school graduates are not considered models, if the image will not be used to promote or sell a product or service”. (43 CFR 5.12)
**Sets and props means: “items constructed or placed on agency lands to facilitate commercial filming or still photography including, but not limited to, backdrops, generators, microphones, stages, lighting banks, camera tracks, vehicles specifically designed to accommodate camera or recording equipment, rope and pulley systems, and rigging for climbers and structures. Sets and props also include trained animals and inanimate objects, such as camping equipment, campfires, wagons, and so forth, when used to stage a specific scene. The use of a camera on a tripod, without the use of any other equipment, is not considered a prop”. (43 CFR 5.12)
***A bride holding a bouquet or a child holding a pumpkin is not a prop. The use of items such as: furniture, chairs, flowers, stands, stools in conjunction with other items may be considered creating a set.
Federal Public Lands, Federal Law, and the Superintendent’s Compendium
Friendship Hill National Historic Site is federal property and federal laws apply. Please make sure filming and still photography follows all applicable laws while at Friendship Hill National Historic Site. The Superintendent’s Compendium may further define limits to federal law, but may also outline variances from federal prohibitions at Friendship Hill National Historic Site and the reasons for the variance.
Examples of activities or items that are prohibited on Federal properties include (but not limited to):
Aside from Federal Laws, please also consult the Superintendent’s Compendium to ensure compliance. If you have any questions, please consult the section “Ensuring filming or still photography is compliant” below.
Friendship Hill National Historic Site’s visitor rules
If you have any questions, please consult the section “Ensuring filming or still photography is compliant” below.
Special Allowances for Permitted Weddings at Friendship Hill
The rules and regulations listed above apply for all wedding party photoshoots. However, weddings that are held at Friendship Hill National Historic Site and have been issued a Special Use Permit, there are some allowances:
Ensuring filming or still photography is compliant
If you have any questions about an upcoming filming opportunity, photoshoot, or will require a Special Use Permit, please contact Friendship Hill National Historic Site’s Special Use Permit Coordinator:
Last updated: July 24, 2022