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“Great stop in the Catskills for art, nature, and history lovers!”

Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Catskill
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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.
central NY
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42 reviews
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“Great stop in the Catskills for art, nature, and history lovers!”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

We stopped at the Thomas Cole Historic site on our way home to central NY from NYC since we have always enjoyed Thomas Cole's art and the Hudson River school style of painting. It was well worth the visit. There is a small visitor center with a brief movie on Thomas Cole's life and art. Then you get an informative tour of the home and grounds for about 45 minutes and you can walk around the grounds at your leisure after the tour. The views from the property are beautiful and there is a small gallery in the home featuring the artwork of another Hudson River artist which changes at times. We also picked up information about the art trail in the Catskills which features sites painted by the Hudson River school artists that are within about 15 miles of this site. We didn't have time to check any of the other sites out as we were just passing through the area, but we plan to come back for a day trip in the future. If you have an hour or two, check out Cedar Grove...if you have a whole day, check out Cedar Grove and the other great sites nearby.

Visited July 2012
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Cohoes, NY
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“To walk in the footsteps of a Hudson River Artist”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

A wealth of information, lovely grounds, exquisite paintings and be sure to take the map and drive the scenic artists' trail

Visited July 2012
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Albany, New York
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“A must see for Hudson River School of Painting lovers”
Reviewed April 4, 2012

See the place where Thomas Cole lived and drew inspiration for his celebrated artwork.

Visited August 2011
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Catskill, New York
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“Thomas Cole was here”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

He lived in this house which is filled with his work.Free tours are given regularly

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Athens, New York
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“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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