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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

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Address: 218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
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+1 518-943-7465
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

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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Beautiful porch view

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.

Reviewed 22 August 2016
Union Beach, New Jersey
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Union Beach, New Jersey
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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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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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Bay Shore, New York
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Reviewed 10 August 2016

This home belonged to his wife's family. Her father gave it to Thomas and the daughter when they got married. It has a painting studio on the property. It was quite an interesting bit of history. I love the windows in the house - went from floor to ceiling. Tons of light in the house. He died young and is... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

We where on a vacation to study the Hudson River School so this was a must. Unfortunately unable to take tour. The house is small but interesting. Art exhibit was excellent but will change. The view from the grounds and the porch is famous and beautiful. Worth your time for that alone.

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

We very much enjoyed visiting the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and learning about this famous founder of the Hudson River School of Painting. The volunteer guide was excellent. The art exhibit in Cole's former studio was a bonus.

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Riverside, California
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

I love old buildings but did not know much about Thomas Cole before this tour. What impressed me most was to learn about what a generous soul Cole was. He was supporting about a dozen people in this modest house and on the road frequently trying to drum up business to keep them all afloat. I had seen his massive,... More 

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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Visiting this site has been on my bucket list for a long time so with a day off my husband and I did the hour and half drive and had a lovely day. We arrived too late for the guided tours but self guided tours and a short film were more than adequate and it was nice to move through... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

Well preserved house and studio, many early 19th cent. domestic and art objects, and views of the Catskills which inspired the paintings. There is also a nice small collection of less frequently seen Cole paintings. Especially interesting are unfinished sketches which give insight to Coles methods.

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Hastings, Nebraska
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

The house isn't all that much and to be honest the presentation and interpretation of it are poor and amateurish. The art collection is world class!

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