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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Frederick Church's Creation is a Must See!!

You can enjoy touring the grounds of Olana and staring at the exterior, but an inside tour is a... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2018
Ontheroadsince64
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Talkeetna, Alaska
Remarkably Gloomy

and also dramatic...extraordinary in all seasons...but particularly beautiful in its bleakness of... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Richard E
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Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate, as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, and landscape. Olana, a National Historic Landmark, is an icon of naturalistic landscape design, with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson River Valley. Today, visitors can experience an array of activities, from meandering through the 250 acre artist designed landscape, to taking a tour of the house and surrounding landscape, to viewing the changing exhibitions both in the main house and a gallery devoted to contemporary photography. They can see a 17 minute award-winning video on the property and a permanent orientation exhibit. They can also participate in a variety of educational programs in the Wagon House Education Center, including a free backpack program that includes a variety of projects for children.
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5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

You can enjoy touring the grounds of Olana and staring at the exterior, but an inside tour is a must. Book ahead, because the tours are usually sold out. We tried the day before our visit and could only book a "self-guided" tour. Turned out...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

and also dramatic...extraordinary in all seasons...but particularly beautiful in its bleakness of winter..rising up from the top of the mountain as winter winds battle the ancient fortress looking tower, Warm weather picnics on the lawn...and a watershed view suggesting just why the inspiration of Mr...More

Thank Richard E
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

This historic site is amazing. they feature art pieces now on site and i have to say the property itself is a work of art. if you need a short hike/picnic spot this is a must if you are ever near. stop by they have...More

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

I arrived one day shortly before they were to close, and the very gracious lady at the desk booked me for the next day. I arrived JUST after my tour group had left and she graciously put me in the next tour. Lovely lady. She...More

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

We were given the heads up by a store in Hudson. The site is magnificent and a total art lovers dream visit. The views are beyond spectacular and then go to the Met to see the ones there!

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Reviewed 23 November 2017

As it is with most historic mansions, the history is as compelling as the home itself. Olana was the home of Frederic and Isabel Church. They traveled and moved among New York City’s cultured citizens, but Olana was their primary home. The home reflects their...More

Thank Disneybus
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

My fiancée and I hiked up to see this beautiful house and we thoroughly enjoyed the abundant foliage and the incredible views all around. We did not stick around to do a house tour but most spots were booked anyway so I would suggest buying...More

Thank amrisab
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

a lovely old mansion built by Frederick Church who was one of the Hudson School of painters. Very whimsical in it's style offering a blend of Moorish and Oriental design influenced by Church's visits to North Africa and the Orient. Stunning views from the grounds.

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

Olana, Church's home is a living landscape painting. Rising well above the Hudson, he positioned and planted the trees, cleared the land to emphasize or frame the views of the river and surrounding countryside. Check the video by PBS station, WMHT for the complete story...More

Thank ge32225
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Was with the family today. Spectacular view and history!! Unbelievable art in the form landscape. There is a great video that patrons should see prior to the tour and hiking the grounds. Absolutely delightful!

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RosalindaG
30 October 2016|
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Response from EZReader | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can visit the grounds without booking a tour. The grounds are lovely.
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JTayj
27 August 2016|
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Response from Esther32 | Reviewed this property |
Too far to walk. Not a far ride though
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Caroline R
16 July 2016|
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Response from peter k | Reviewed this property |
Yes if on leashes
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