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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Spectacular

First of all, it is a miracle in the making. This classic historic home, belonging to Frederic... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
jer b
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Bristol, Connecticut
Beautiful grounds, but do tour the house

The grounds alone are worth the trip to this historic site, but the interior of the house is full... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Betsy M
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Syracuse, New York
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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 15 September 2017

First of all, it is a miracle in the making. This classic historic home, belonging to Frederic Church, was almost lost to us. Church was one of the most important artists of the Hudson River School. Through monumental effort, the house, its grounds and most...More

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Reviewed 11 September 2017

The grounds alone are worth the trip to this historic site, but the interior of the house is full of wonderful history and family memories. After the tour, explore the grounds with knowledge of what the property meant to family members.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

So much to do here. Grounds are incredibly beautiful. Lots of dogs enjoying big walks. Carriage rides and walking trails. Church's home is interesting, especially when you get a good tour guide. Always a treat!

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

Not fat from the NY Thruway.Good place to stop if you want to break up your trip. Interesting house modeled after Moorish architecture. The outside of the house is very distinctive. The inside not so much. Art lovers will love all the art inside the...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Purchased map from Olana store very helpful in following carriage trails. Great scenery and not too strenuous.

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

Olana has become an important site for art history even though most of the paintings in the home are not top quality. It is crucial to understand this is a working artist's home preserved as it was in Victorian times. Church's taste in decor and...More

Thank Signe A
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

We have been visiting Olana for nearly 30 years and have watched it "grow" as more and more of the Church's personal residence has been opened up for tours and the grounds have been gradually returned to their original splendor. In the year since our...More

Thank Walter f
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

Even if you do not know who Frederic Church was, or you have never seen any of his paintings, you should see Olana. The story of the house, its architecture, the creation of the landscape, the near-fatal sale, the just-in-time saving of Olana....it all makes...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Three of us visited Olana (which was taken over from ruin by the state under Rockefeller. If it was Cuomo's era, he would have bulldozed it and made it a bike path for votes). We took the tour and it was overwhelming. Love it so...More

5  Thank madogbill
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

We didn't expect what we found at Olana. We knew that it was Frederic Church's house, but we hadn't really read anything about it. The house turns out to be very impressive in both style and decor, and the views are stunning...and since the property...More

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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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