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Olana State Historic Site

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Address: 5720 SR 9G, Hudson, NY 12534
Phone Number: 518 828 0135
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Description: Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family...
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.
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Unique Architecture and Fabulous Views!

We toured the mansion at Olana, which was an architectural gem, filled with paintings from Frederic Church and other painters from the Hudson School. Many of the rooms also had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We toured the mansion at Olana, which was an architectural gem, filled with paintings from Frederic Church and other painters from the Hudson School. Many of the rooms also had spectacular views of the Hudson river. The normal tour consists of only the first floor of the home/studio of Church. There is a small gift shop and continuously running video... More 

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We visited here on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the recommendation of a family member for something "to do" prior to a family rehearsal dinner and wedding weekend. The hour drive from Albany area to Hudson is very scenic and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this historic landscaped artist, Frederick Church's home. We booked the 11 a.m. tour but... More 

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Hunter, New York
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This attraction is filled with too much to see - which is a compliment. From the exterior and interior architecture along with art work from around the world. A visual treat inside and out with unparalleled views of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

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Western Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

For Valentine's Day my boyfriend and I decided to visit Olana, having heard very nice things about it from friends. We arrived just before the last tour left at 3 pm. The tickets were very inexpensive, $18 for the two of us. We were greeted by our tour guide, a nice middle-aged man who was clearly passionate about the property,... More 

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Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I live 45 minutes away from Olana, and I drive there once a month; to watch the sun set, to feel inspired, to find peace...I could go on! I guarantee you will never see a place like this, and that's before you even get inside the house. The artist who designed the house, Frederick Church, also designed the landscape, and... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The house itself is architecturally a bit of a folly, but still very interesting nonetheless. It certainly has an impressive location! If you're a fan of Church, you'd probably find this to be a "must do". We came as a group just generally interested in a neat house; there were lots of interesting touches and pieces to see. The tour... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

As a person raised in Hudson, one of the best "sights" is definitely Olana. Church's art work is worth viewing. The grounds are beautiful, and for me especially in the autumn when the leaves are such brilliant colors and the Hudson River is running below.

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York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Olana is a unique architectural joy and well worth a visit, particularly on a nice day as the grounds and views are as impressive as the building. Church was one of those rare artists who was successful in his time and Olana represents his success. Don't expect to see much (good) art on the tour - probably a good thing... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed the guided tour and the landscape. Make sure to make a reservation. We're able to do that by phone in the same day we visited.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Perched up on the hill like a castle, Olana is a very impressive home steeped in the history of painted Thomas Church. It is a gloomy old home and not as impressive as the Victorian Christmas decorated ones further down but is impressive for its Eastern designs and how the house worked as a home and studio and not just... More 

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