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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

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Address: 218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414
Phone Number: +1 518-943-7465
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Description: Thomas Cole (1801-1848) founded the Hudson River School as one of...
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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Wonderful visit

What a wonderful place to visit to not only see amazing Art but to learn about the art and the Catskill area and the painters.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Greenville, New York
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Greenville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful place to visit to not only see amazing Art but to learn about the art and the Catskill area and the painters.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The home is nice, airy, and spacious. There's a contemporary art exhibit in the home as well as artifacts of the artist. That said, the tour guide just kind of led me from room to room and there wasn't a narrative to the tour. The introductory film at the visitor center is informative. I watched it before the tour, and... More 

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Grand Ledge, Michigan, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

If you think you are going to get any insight into the art or man from this tour, you may be disappointed. The tour I took was more about the contemporary art on display than anything related to Cole. The guide really did not know anything about Cole and much of the house is empty. It may be more interesting... More 

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Red Hook, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The visitors' center-cum-Old-Studio is VERY well done. Lots of interesting, hard-to-find books on Hudson Valley School painters; the Valley itself - history and geology....and there is a beautifully photographed short movie about Cole, in which I found out that he was an immigrant, and that he "married into" Cedar Grove and other interesting things.... The studio has very interesting furniture... More 

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LI, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

this house is actually quite influential in the sense that it was the home and workshop gallery of Thomas Cole who is often considered the father of the Hudson River School of Painting. It is a simple home but restored to its original state and now containing a very fascinating collection of contemporary paintings as part of an exhibit called... More 

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York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The museum is primarily Cole's residence and studio and is not a particularly impressive historic house tour. It certainly pales in comparison in his student Frederick Church's place across the river. But Cole's importance as the founder of the Hudson River School was well presented by the video and docent tour. We were fortunate that there was a special exhibit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Founder of the Hudson River School, Thomas Cole led the American artist movement that flourished in the mid-19th century. The place is very close to the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. I got there around 10:45 on Sunday, December 28th. To my pleasant surprise, I found no living thing there during my entire stay. I owned the parking lot, read the... More 

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Athens
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Lovely house, lots of antique furniture and the grounds are nice but not as lovely as some I have seen. They offer an open house once each year and that is a great time to visit.

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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The National Park Service does the absolutely best job of maintaining and managing homes of historical significance all over the USA. This is no exception. We loved our visit here and appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Thomas Cole and the Hudson Valley School of painting. It's located not far from Olana, also an NPS site and home of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This is a "must-see" for anyone visiting this part of upstate New York. Thomas Cole was the founder of the Hudson River School art movement in the early 1800s in the U.S. His well-maintained original home (with his "rebuilt" studio next door, to be completed by 2015) is simple, but wonderful in its charm and atmosphere. You get transported to... More 

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Additional Information about Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Address: Address: 218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414
Phone Number: +1 518-943-7465
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Catskill Region  >  Catskill
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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