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“A pleasant and serene site with great history and art”

Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Catskill
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
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 into history and gave one insight into his artistic process and evolution. This is a great place to spend a few hours or an entire day. Try to go in the fall or during warmer months as you will want to spend some time outdoors.

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 that drew and draws visitor but also that inspired the Hudson River Valley school of painting. While Olana is by far the more spectacular house, I preferred this house for its simplicity and greater age, and for how the tour presented Cole's lament for the encroach of civilization on his "wilderness". Cole is credited as the father of the HRV School. (But by all means see both.) Only a little less so than Olana, this tour doesn't delve much into the character of Cole's paintings. More his life and times. Also, and again at both houses, I could do without the time spent on the visiting artist exhibition. A distraction. Oh well. Off to see what is said to be a great collection of HRV School at the Met in NYC.

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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