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.
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