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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
+1 518-943-7465
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Well done insight into the artist

The introductory video in the visitor center and another once in the house provide good context for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bucky1836
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Madison, Wisconsin
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We made the time to drive up north. This is a historic site for an artist who did not accumulate... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mitchell F
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New York City, New York
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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 2 days ago

The introductory video in the visitor center and another once in the house provide good context for the visit. The docent met us on the porch of the house and led us through the rooms. It's too bad that there aren't more of his family's...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We made the time to drive up north. This is a historic site for an artist who did not accumulate wealth but achieved great recognition for his talent. Not a big home. Typical farm house that he rented space in and fell in love with...More

Thank Mitchell F
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Our docent/guide, Maddie, was just delightful. To bad she is going off to grad school in the fall! Maddie was quite informative, giving us a concise history of Thomas Cole, the Hudson Art School he founded, and his life on the estate. The home is...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Home of wonderful artist Thomas Cole, great views, great tour guide! Definitely worth a visit if you are in area.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The website recommends buying tickets in advance, as the group tours are only for 12 people to a group. Online sales had closed when I checked the evening before, so we stopped in at 10:45 to buy tickets for the 11:00 tour. That day a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just visited the Thomas Cole House in Catskill, right before going to Olana NY State Historic Site across the river (wonderful pairing these two sites!). We are big fans of the Hudson River School of painters, so visiting the house and studios of Thomas...More

Thank William G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautifully restored and situated Thomas Cole home including his original studio and a newly restored studio housing a special exhibition. Very knowledgeable guides in every room who know their stuff. Very inspiring to hear readings from his letters about the Hudson valley and “progress” changing...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thomas Cole was the founder of the Hudson School. Wonderful artist with a great life story. Don't miss this one.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent tour, beautiful views from the grounds. House and studio lovingly restored, with original furniture and some period pieces. Gives you a real feel for how Cole lived and worked. There’s a small gallery of fine Hudson River School paintings, and there are number of...More

Thank William R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Acknowledging that Cole's landscapes are indeed inspired representational natural artwork. Enlightening to learn about this young expatriate Brit -arriving here on the heels of the 1812 War. However I was put off - for instance by his intentionally smudging out the Native American figure from...More

Thank Nobodys F
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CaliforniaLynn
6 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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