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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

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Address: 218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
Phone Number: +1 518-943-7465
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Thomas Cole (1801-1848) founded the Hudson River School as one of America's...

Thomas Cole (1801-1848) founded the Hudson River School as one of America's premier landscape painters. Cedar Grove, his home in the historic Catskill region, was named a National Historic Site in 1999 and is open to the public today. Visitors can tour the grounds, see rotating exhibitions of Hudson River School art, and learn about the life of Thomas Cole.

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Great place to see the beginning of America landscape painting wonderful views from the porch. Don't miss the tour, very knowledge people , volunteers there.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to see the beginning of America landscape painting wonderful views from the porch. Don't miss the tour, very knowledge people , volunteers there.

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ithaca, new york
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Views were great from house front porch. Building nicely maintained - guide well informed - grounds well kept.

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Kansas City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

I have studied art, so I wanted to see some of the Hudson River School artist homes. The Thomas Cole house was worth going to if you are in the area and you appreciate art. It is also really interesting to see the difference between his home and studio and that of Frederic Edwin Church (Olana).

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Rock Hill, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We were in the area to see Frederic Church's Olana and stopped here when we came across the sign at an intersection. The grounds hold a house and a studio. I didn't go into the house because I am more interested in the outside architecture and story behind a place, but for a small fee, you are allowed to go... More 

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Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

First we visited Olana, the home of Frederick Church , where we learned Church had studied with Thomas Cole who was the founder of the Hudson River School . At the gift shop , I picked up a brochure for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and saw that it was located nearby in Catskill , just over the Rip... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Very interesting, and worthwhile for the view from the front porch alone! The tour of the house and grounds gives insights into the great painter and a glimpse into early 19th century life. Well worth the stop!

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Schaghticoke, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We booked ahead for tickets as suggested on the website..a good idea I think, as our weekday tour was full. The site is an interesting mixture: a relatively traditional house tour of a house with just two furnished rooms, plus two filled with modern art and one with a fascinating exhibit on Thomas Cole's method of composition. The gift shop... More 

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Union Beach, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Great place to start to discover the Hudson River School of painting! The tour is a must since it offers so much information on the painter, his life and his family.

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Philadelphia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

I think this is the perfect place to visit after Olana, the home of Frederic Church across the Hudson River. You learn about Church's mentor Thomas Cole in the tour of Olana and it was satisfying to visit his home. They were two different men who were connected for a critical period in American painting. We spent maybe 90 min... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Last Saturday(August 13, 2016) Elaine and I visited Cedar Grove (Thomas Cole National Historic Site) in Catskill, NY (Hudson Valley). Thomas Cole, a landscape painter and with his followers started the Hudson River School. One of his most famous works was the "The Voyage of Life" an allegorical series (four paintings) of stages of human life: Childhood, Youth, Manhood and... More 

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