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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

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Great tour!

Loved our visit to the Thomas Cole House and we learned so much about the "Hudson Valley School of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sewell, New Jersey
American art born here

Thomas Cole's home and studio were the birthplace of the Hudson River School, one of the most... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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...more
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218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved our visit to the Thomas Cole House and we learned so much about the "Hudson Valley School of Art" that he founded. The house is fascinating, and so is the history - we had a great tour guide. And we loved the landscape and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thomas Cole's home and studio were the birthplace of the Hudson River School, one of the most cinematic and grand depictions of nature ever created. The views from outside the house are spectacular, and fortunately have not changed significantly since Cole painted them. The house...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

Thomas Cole was a member of the "Hudson River School of Painters". His works of scenery along the river and of the Catskill Mountains are beautiful. His home in Catskill is modest compared to many of the mansions along the Hudson. But it is fascinating....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

...,maybe I’ve toured too many old homes. Great view of the Catskills, and interesting story of his life, but.....

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bobby44881
Betsy J, Manager at Thomas Cole National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Thank you for visiting. I'm so sorry that your visit was just average. We'd love to know if you have any suggestions that might have improved your experience.

Reviewed October 6, 2018

The Thomas Cole National Site is a living memorial to a great artist as well as the dedicated citizens who preserved the Cole home, remaining trees and open space and gardens. Our docent was excellent. The Cole paintings in the annex lent to the National...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 15, 2018

The house was interesting and the tour guide was great. She was so knowledgeable about the house and the artist.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Amy W
Reviewed September 10, 2018

If you enjoy Hudson River School, landscapes or history what great small museum. So glad we took time this place.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Karen B
Reviewed August 27, 2018

I was surprised how much we enjoyed the Thomas Cole House. We had a great tour guide named Deborah and we very much enjoyed the audio-visuals that accompanied the tour. The grounds are lovely and it was just a very special place where we learned...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

The introductory video in the visitor center and another once in the house provide good context for the visit. The docent met us on the porch of the house and led us through the rooms. It's too bad that there aren't more of his family's...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bucky1836
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

We made the time to drive up north. This is a historic site for an artist who did not accumulate wealth but achieved great recognition for his talent. Not a big home. Typical farm house that he rented space in and fell in love with...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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July 5, 2017|
Response from Voyage718201 |
National Park pass holders get discounted admission. In 2017 the discount price is $12, which is $2 less than the regular price. This historic site is an affiliate of the National Park Service, but it is managed by an... More
May 30, 2015|
Response from Betsy J | Property representative |
Hi, yes, you should allow about 90 minutes for the visit to the Thomas Cole site. You can easily visit Olana in the same day because they are only about two miles apart.