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“A must for Hudson River School fans”

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.
Holden, Massachusetts
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247 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“A must for Hudson River School fans”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Cedar Grove is beautifully restored and the view of the Catskills is wonderful. Our tour was good although the docent seemed a bit unfamiliar with the material and read from numerous note cards. Information on how the property was saved from destruction is heart warming and makes you realize how important historical perservation is. The collection of Cole's art work within the house is somewhat limited but quite nice considering most of it is in major museums.

Visited October 2012
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Saratoga Springs, Ny
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“Hudson River School of Art - interesting video and tour .”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

The short video described the history and influences of Thomas Cole and a primer for conservation in the Hudson River valley. The tour of the house & studio was excellent and the docent knowlegable. Only regret was it was a rainy, foggy day and we could not see the mountains from the porch...will go back on a sunny day!

Visited September 2012
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“A must for art lovers”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

If you are a fan of the Hudson River School this is a must visit. The location has outstanding views of the mountains. The tour staff makes the art come alive and makes the artist a real person. One can see the artist as a human being and enjoy his work even more.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank LRbn
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central NY
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“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
2 Thank smartcookie1916
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