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Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Catskill
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 10 April 2013

Cedar Grove is located on a residential street in Catskill, NY, and might be easy to pass by. That would be a mistake as it is simply wonderful! The view from the porch has, no doubt, changed a great deal since Cole lived there but you can still get a good feel for what must have inspired him to make the lengthy trek to the mountains.

The paintings, limited in number, are wonderful to see and we had an excellent presentation during our visit. The discussion ranged from the New York art market in Cole's time to the construction of the out-house.

While in the area you might want to also visit Olana, home of Frederic Church, located directly across the Hudson.

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Reviewed 26 January 2013

Too bad their hours are limited, because this is where it all started - the Hudson River School, that is. A beautifully maintained/restored old federal home where Thomas Cole got his start, this house looks out across the Catskill Creek to the nearby Catskill mountains, and you can see the views that Cole saw and painted. The tours are great and the interior is interesting to see, but it is unfortunate that they only have a limited amount of Cole's own paintings. They make up for this by mounting a significant show each summer, delving deeply into some aspect of the school of painting that Cole founded. It is a good idea to see Olana on the same visit, since it is only about a mile away across the Hudson.

1  Thank GilBagnell
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

Years ago, this spot might not really have been something to notice, however it now holds a real "historical significance" vibe! Do visit, the tours in the summer are gorgeous and the tour guide was VERY knowledgeable and personable!

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Reviewed 29 October 2012

Cedar Grove is beautifully restored and the view of the Catskills is wonderful. Our tour was good although the docent seemed a bit unfamiliar with the material and read from numerous note cards. Information on how the property was saved from destruction is heart warming and makes you realize how important historical perservation is. The collection of Cole's art work within the house is somewhat limited but quite nice considering most of it is in major museums.

1  Thank HoldenKathy
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

The short video described the history and influences of Thomas Cole and a primer for conservation in the Hudson River valley. The tour of the house & studio was excellent and the docent knowlegable. Only regret was it was a rainy, foggy day and we could not see the mountains from the porch...will go back on a sunny day!

1  Thank SaratogaGuy
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