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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
+1 518-943-7465
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Unexpected delight!

Stopped at Kaaterskill Falls to take photos and read about the artist trail - decided to go the... read more

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Beth R
St. Petersburg, Florida
Home of important Hudson River School

My husband and I are art appreciators and enjoy American landscape painting. Thomas Cole is an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 yesterday

Stopped at Kaaterskill Falls to take photos and read about the artist trail - decided to go the Cole site - WOW - so happy we did. The grounds are beautiful and we had no idea what we would see - the New studio had...More

Thank Beth R
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I are art appreciators and enjoy American landscape painting. Thomas Cole is an important painter in the Hudson River School so we were interested in seeing his home and studio. The house is beautifully situated on a hill near the river and...More

Thank sundown_10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perhaps because my wife and I just came from Olana (Fredrick Church's much more beautiful and interesting house) across the river we found Thomas Cole National Historic Site lackluster. When we arrived the guided tours were done for the day, so we had to tour...More

Thank ElGreco75
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a recent girls' weekend trip we opted to visit the Thomas Cole Historical House. We purchased our tickets ahead of time for the group rate. Very interesting short video, a small gift shop and a wonderful docent gave us a tour of the house...More

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 21 January 2017

As an old art history student, this was a pilgrimage for me--here in the morning and nearby Olana in the afternoon. Context always helps, seeing the house where Thomas Cole lived and painted the earliest important landscape paintings in our country ("The Hudson River School")....More

Thank mrsagf
Reviewed 13 January 2017

This is a great place to spend a couple of hours and soak up knowledge about the Hudson River School of Artists. Great views from the house. Movie is interesting. You learn a lot and it is very close to the Hudson/Catskill Bridge.

Thank VacaCouple2014
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Great place to see the beginning of America landscape painting wonderful views from the porch. Don't miss the tour, very knowledge people , volunteers there.

Thank Edward G
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Views were great from house front porch. Building nicely maintained - guide well informed - grounds well kept.

Thank dadscat
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I have studied art, so I wanted to see some of the Hudson River School artist homes. The Thomas Cole house was worth going to if you are in the area and you appreciate art. It is also really interesting to see the difference between...More

Thank Julie S
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We were in the area to see Frederic Church's Olana and stopped here when we came across the sign at an intersection. The grounds hold a house and a studio. I didn't go into the house because I am more interested in the outside architecture...More

Thank Jesita66
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How long should we allow for a visit? Is it possible to visit this site as well as Olana on the same day?
30 May 2015|
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.