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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
+1 518-943-7465
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Gem we had not seen on Google

We checked out things to do in the Catskills and missed this initially, but found it on second look... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kay M
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Augusta, GA
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Lovely historic artist's home

Thomas Cole's house is a gem - a beautiful home with a multi-media house tour and an exhibit space... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2018
lupaglupa
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Albany, New York
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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 tour the grounds, see rotating exhibitions of Hudson River School art, and learn about the life of Thomas Cole.
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218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We checked out things to do in the Catskills and missed this initially, but found it on second look at local attractions. We were staying at Scribner’s and were not interested in hiking, so we drove about 20 minutes to Kaaterskills Falls and then on...More

Thank Kay M
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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Thomas Cole's house is a gem - a beautiful home with a multi-media house tour and an exhibit space that explains Cole's importance to American painting. Visitors can interact with original artifacts, letters, paintings and other items in the house. Guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic...More

1  Thank lupaglupa
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Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

Great guide who is a students studying about Thomas Cole. I would suggest going during the warmer seasons! They are still working on restoring the property to what it looked like back in his time. They ate doing a great job and it was a...More

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Reviewed December 22, 2017

fascinating look at the life, home and studio of a man who founded a whole school of painting. I loved this and the guide was really passionate about it--she helped make the trip.

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Reviewed November 22, 2017

We recently stopped by this historic site and were pleasantly surprised by it lovely atmosphere and views of the Catskills. The exhibits are very informative and of course the painting by Cole and others were captivating. A visit to his home was a great glimpse...More

Thank Gregg F
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Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

My family and I have visited the Thomas Cole House several times. Each time we are engaged by knowledgeable docents and intriguing new exhibits. The property is a must see for art and history buffs.

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Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

I did enjoy everything pertaining to Thomas Cole and his family. The high tech presentations were "state of the art", if you will. Fantastic. Keep up the restorations and additions. I did not enjoy the modern art at all!

Thank Sherry G
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Reviewed October 19, 2017

We saw this first, then Olana the next day for a peek into the lives of two great painters. For us, first time Hudson River Valley visitors, it was a great intro to the essence of the HRV - both the beauty of the valley...More

1  Thank ChiHipster
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Reviewed October 6, 2017

Standing on the porch of the house waiting for the tour to begin, I could see the exact same mountains Thomas Cole saw. It was like looking at one of his paintings in real life.

1  Thank MacKenzie H
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Reviewed September 23, 2017

A wonderfully miantained home; the grounds are pretty too; the view of the Catskills from the porch of the mansion, is spectacular. Take a guided tour; we had guide Deborah; a very enthusiastic and well informed leader. At the time of our visit, September 2017,...More

1  Thank Scouternurse S
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CaliforniaLynn
July 5, 2017|
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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
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JSevera
May 30, 2015|
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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.
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