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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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West Wyoming, Pa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The house is very unique and the views are outstanding. I would highly recommend taking the trip to this wonderful historic house of the artist Frederick Church.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

One of the few historic residences in which most of the original furnishings and decoration are original and in good condition. Filled with landscape painter Frederick Churches' artwork, and many other interesting things, the house itself is unusual in design. The tour was well done. The grounds are wonderful, and the view is spectacular.

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Croton on Hudson, New York
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Olana is very different from your average historic home. The architecture and the furnishings are unique and different. The tour is reasonable and the views are breathtaking. Well worth the trip.

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Lenox, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Beautiful site, easy to get to, tours are reasonably priced. Most beautiful views of the area, see the home of the man who once was the United States' most successful painter. Make sure you make reservations in advance! This is the only way to get the tour time you want.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
11 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Olana is unlike most historic homes that I have toured. It's not often that one can tour an artist's home largely as it was when the artist lived there. Add unusual architecture, great artwork, and breathtaking views, and you have Olana. If you're a fan of the Hudson River School, this is a must-see, but it's also a great tour... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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125 reviews 125 reviews
29 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

You absolutely must take in this site if you are in the Hudson River Valley area. I've toured hundreds of historic homes over the years and this easily places in my all-time top 5, mostly because it is an absolute time capsule, left exactly as though the Church family was still living in it. It also doubles as an art... More

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