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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
+1 518-943-7465
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Lovely historic artist's home

Thomas Cole's house is a gem - a beautiful home with a multi-media house tour and an exhibit space... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
lupaglupa
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Albany, New York
American Art History

Great guide who is a students studying about Thomas Cole. I would suggest going during the warmer... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2018
Nazareth B
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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 1 week ago

Thomas Cole's house is a gem - a beautiful home with a multi-media house tour and an exhibit space that explains Cole's importance to American painting. Visitors can interact with original artifacts, letters, paintings and other items in the house. Guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic...More

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Great guide who is a students studying about Thomas Cole. I would suggest going during the warmer seasons! They are still working on restoring the property to what it looked like back in his time. They ate doing a great job and it was a...More

Thank Nazareth B
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

1  Thank Scouternurse S
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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
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CaliforniaLynn
5 July 2017|
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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
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JSevera
31 May 2015|
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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.
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