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Olana State Historic Site

5720 SR 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
518 828 0135
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Ranked #1 of 17 attractions in Hudson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate, as an integrated environment embracing... more » Owner description: Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate, as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, and landscape. Olana, a National Historic Landmark, is an icon of naturalistic landscape design, with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson River Valley. Today, visitors can experience an array of activities, from meandering through the 250 acre artist designed landscape, to taking a tour of the house and surrounding landscape, to viewing the changing exhibitions both in the main house and a gallery devoted to contemporary photography. They can see a 17 minute award-winning video on the property and a permanent orientation exhibit. They can also participate in a variety of educational programs in the Wagon House Education Center, including a free backpack program that includes a variety of projects for children. « less
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Oneonta, New York
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84 reviews 84 reviews
9 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We visited Olana for the first time. It was located in a scenic hilltop overlooking the Hudson River. The tour was very informative.

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New York City, New York
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70 reviews 70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

A wonderful historic home in a beautiful setting. Lots of walking trails around the property, House tour, take a picnic or wine and enjoy the sunset.

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Pekin, Illinois
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190 reviews 190 reviews
79 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The house architecture was influenced by the owner's visits to the far east. It was a very livable house and the grounds are stunning.A bit off the beaten track but worth the trip.

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Olathe, Kansas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
54 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Olana, Frederic Church's home, is a wonderful Persian style residence situated atop a hill with commanding views of the Catskills and Hudson River. Church was a student of Thomas Cole and was also influential in the Hudson River School of painting. The tour of the home is filled with his art ,is beautifully preserved and his story is well told... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Beautiful historic home with Persian design, educational as well. Worth a visit! Get there in enough time, tours on the hour and only accommodate 12 at a time.

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

On July 4, 2014, staff from the Olana Partnership and the New York State parks system provided us with a superb docent-led tour of Church's Olana. The welcoming comments we received at the visitor's center and shop got us in front of the introductory film on Church and the Hudson River valley. From there, our 55-minute docent-led tour gave us... More

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West Wyoming, Pa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Mr. Church's estate, a New York painter, wonderful country home. Some of his best paintings are shown. Beautiful scenery

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New York City, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Beautiful house of Frederic and Elizabeth Church. Grounds are spectacular. Make sure arrive early and watch movie before, and allow time or walk around the grounds. Nice gift shop also.

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Sutton, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Frederick Edwin Church creates a landscape masterpiece for real at this estate. What an artistic achievement and a beautiful home. Www.olana.org

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Milford, Connecticut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The tour of the house was very good and extremely informative. Our guide was very patient and answered a lot of questions asked by the group. The views from the house are beautiful. I wish we had had more time to walk around the grounds and appreciate the landscaping. If you're looking for a place to appreciate nature and you... More

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