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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
+1 518-943-7465
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studio, home, life story

fascinating look at the life, home and studio of a man who founded a whole school of painting. I... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stanley, Idaho
A pleasant and serene site with great history and art

We recently stopped by this historic site and were pleasantly surprised by it lovely atmosphere and... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2017
Gregg F
Staatsburg, New York
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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 3 weeks ago

fascinating look at the life, home and studio of a man who founded a whole school of painting. I loved this and the guide was really passionate about it--she helped make the trip.

Thank KeithHruza
Reviewed 22 November 2017

We recently stopped by this historic site and were pleasantly surprised by it lovely atmosphere and views of the Catskills. The exhibits are very informative and of course the painting by Cole and others were captivating. A visit to his home was a great glimpse...More

Thank Gregg F
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

My family and I have visited the Thomas Cole House several times. Each time we are engaged by knowledgeable docents and intriguing new exhibits. The property is a must see for art and history buffs.

Thank SayHpd
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

I did enjoy everything pertaining to Thomas Cole and his family. The high tech presentations were "state of the art", if you will. Fantastic. Keep up the restorations and additions. I did not enjoy the modern art at all!

Thank Sherry G
Reviewed 20 October 2017

We saw this first, then Olana the next day for a peek into the lives of two great painters. For us, first time Hudson River Valley visitors, it was a great intro to the essence of the HRV - both the beauty of the valley...More

Thank ChiHipster
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Standing on the porch of the house waiting for the tour to begin, I could see the exact same mountains Thomas Cole saw. It was like looking at one of his paintings in real life.

Thank MacKenzie H
Reviewed 23 September 2017

A wonderfully miantained home; the grounds are pretty too; the view of the Catskills from the porch of the mansion, is spectacular. Take a guided tour; we had guide Deborah; a very enthusiastic and well informed leader. At the time of our visit, September 2017,...More

Thank Scouternurse S
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Thomas Cole has been labeled the foundering father of the Hudson River School. His life story, as told by the guides on tour, is most interesting. The tour is $14 for adults over 16 years of age with a reduction of $2 for seniors. The...More

Thank jer b
Reviewed 11 September 2017

The Kiki Smith show is incredible. If you have not seen it, go now. The work is excellent on its own, but in the context of the Thomas Cole house, it raises both his work and hers to a different conversation. We wanted to do...More

Thank CSSnowshoer
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We had a lovely tour with Alice, who we later learned is the senior docent at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. The house is in beautiful condition, and our small group had an engaging discussion about wall color choices in addition to learning quite...More

Thank Connie T
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5 July 2017|
Response from |
National Park pass holders get discounted admission. In 2017 the discount price is $12, which is $2 less than the regular price. This historic site is an affiliate of the National Park Service, but it is managed by an... More
31 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.