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“An artist dream location”

Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Catskill
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Athens, New York
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“An artist dream location”
Reviewed November 18, 2011

The art, home, grounds, and views is a Historical Hudson Valley site to behold.

Visited September 2011
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Stamford CT
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“Interesting for art & history buffs”
Reviewed September 13, 2011

Beautiful setting, helpful docent-led tours, handsome architecture. Lots of info about Cole's life and times, but very few of his paintings. Even some reproductions would have been nice.

Visited September 2011
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Cairo, NY
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“Step backwards in time to the 1800's”
Reviewed July 28, 2011

Thomas Cole being the Father of the Hudson River School of painting. Lovingly and beautifully restored. Tour the house and his workshop learn about how people lived back then, very educational in addition to the famous art. Also they have guided walking tours that bring you to picturesque locations like Kaaterskill clover and sunset rock where many famous paintings were inspired. The tour is great for people who would like to hike but afraid of getting lost in the woods. The tour people are very knowledge and friendly. Thomas Cole was the mentor for another famous painter Fredrick Church. For a full day of it cross the Hudson River and visit Olana, Church's very impressive and exotic home.

Visited June 2011
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