Thomas Cole was an Englishman who painted dramatic pictures of the Hudson Valley in New York. He lived in this house, called Cedar Grove, until he died at age 47 in 1848. Looking out from the front porch of house are great views of the beautiful mountains and the Hudson Valley. There is a 15 minute film of his life and work in the visitor center and 50 minute tours of the house every hour. We took the 3 PM tour and it was only the two of us--Samantha, the tour guide, was excellent--she talked about Cole's life, marriage, art work. There are original Cole paintings in the house, as well as a gallery with changing exhibits--the present one was paintings of Albert Bierstadt, who was famous for painting American landscapes. The tour also included time in Cole's studio in a separate building.
Admisssion is $10, $9 for seniors. If you have a National Park Service pass (Senior, Golden Eagle, etc.) the entrance fee is $5.
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