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“Another glorious day visiting museums in the Hudson River Valley”

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 2 August 2013

Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of Art had his home Cedar Grove here in Catskill, NY. Beautiful home, wonderful views, small garden. had looked forward to this one in particular having been across the river to Olana (Frederick Church's wonderful house museum which is a marvel not to be missed. By comparison Cedar Grove is a big disappointment in that there were far more artists works exhibited than Thomas Cole's which is what we came for. The guide although well informed hurried us through telling us in no uncertain terms that we had to stay on schedule as another group would be following us. We were more interested in seeing Cole's work that hearing great detail of the furnishings. The house is well maintained but rather small. the tour is scheduled for 50 minutes. The gift shop although nice was rather pricey. The senior citizen entrance fee $9.00 We then drove on to see Clermont which is ten times nicer, and absolutely beautiful with a lot more history. Would more than just highly recommend that one. Also on the Hudson River. Elegant and brimming with history.

1  Thank sandrafarnham
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Betsy218, Manager at Thomas Cole National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2013

We are so sorry that you felt rushed through the house when you visited the Thomas Cole Historic Site. We try to be sure that everyone has a truly wonderful experience here and we are so disappointed that yours was not the very best that it could be. It is true that we have many artworks by artists other than Thomas Cole, and we have done this because visitors have told us that they want to learn about the entire art movement that Cole founded, the Hudson River School. Each year we have a changing exhibition of 19th-century landscape paintings and we hope that you have an opportunity to come back one day.

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Reviewed 9 July 2013

The tour guide was wonderful. Extremely knowledgable and gave wonderful information about this brilliant artist and the life of the times.

1  Thank Arnie H
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

My wife and I visited and took an informative tour of the house and grounds. In the same trip we also visited the Gen. Schuyler mansion in Albany and the Martin van Buren farm in Kinderhook. We had visited Olana on a previous trip. It's interesting to see the differences between an artist's residence and that of a politician or military man. There are a good number of paintings by Cole and others, particularly Bierstadt, on display. The view of the Catskills in the distance is remarkable.

Bring the kids? You know your children better than I do. You be the judge.

1  Thank Steven S
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is a treasure that bring you back to the time when the republic was young and American Art and Artists were first forging their vision. The home has many artifacts from the family and life of Thomaqs Cole, teacher of Frederick Church and inportant artist in the developmnet of the "Hudson River School".. The staff was very skilled in telling the story of Cole and his time. Easy to combine with a visit to Olana, the estate of Church just a few miles east across the Rip VanWinkle Bridge.

1  Thank WaltA252
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

the house is important piece of American art history. The tour is good education. But the site is small and not enough artifacts to make it more interesting, compared to other historical sites in the area.

Thank Achyfeet
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