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Be sure and go across the Rip Van Winkle bridge to Thomas Cole House in Catskill. First left @ a light after the bridge. Both Cole and Frederic Church founder's of the Hudson River School of painting.
The house - one of the most extraordinary - was built at the end of the 19th Century. Church, the great painter - pretty much designed it himself. After his death, his descendants used the home until the 1960s when it was given to the state of New York. It has been restored magnificently and continues to be worked on. The upstairs rooms have recently become accessible and the property, which showcases some of the most picturesque views and trails, is also being restored to the way it was in Church's lifetime. Definitely worth a visit
The location is indicated on the map on the right side of this screen. It is just outside the town of Hudson, NY. As for history, I know only that it was the home of famed Hudson River Valley artist Frederic Church and his family. But you can find out all the history you'd ever want to know, and detailed directions, at the main Website, which for some reason I am not allowed to provide here, but which has a link at the top of the main TripAdvisor page for this attraction. So just go to that TA page for Olana and look for "Website" at the top and click on that and you will get a ton of information.
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