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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

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Interesting Home With a Great View

Thomas Cole was a member of the "Hudson River School of Painters". His works of scenery along the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Thomas Cole National Historic Site a must see

The Thomas Cole National Site is a living memorial to a great artist as well as the dedicated... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2018
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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...more
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218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414-1027
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 5 October 2014

The house is not as grand as nearby Olana, but it some ways more instructive; Olana was built after Church was well established. The Cole House belonged to a relative by marriage, and Cole lived there while he was struggling and then slowly being accepted....More

5  Thank robcurtross
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Having, several years ago, greatly enjoyed Olana, the home of Frederick Church, we were eager to see the home of his mentor and the founder of the Hudson River School of landscape painting, Thomas Cole. We were disappointed. If you can only get to one...More

3  Thank Wombat27_11
Betsy218, Owner at Thomas Cole National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2014

We were so very disturbed to see that your experience was not as expected. Thank you for letting us know so that we can work to improve our operation. Just this year we started allowing photography inside, due to popular demand. However, with any new...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thomas Cole was a member of the "Hudson River School of Painters". His works of scenery along the river and of the Catskill Mountains are beautiful. His home in Catskill is modest compared to many of the mansions along the Hudson. But it is fascinating....More

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Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

...,maybe I’ve toured too many old homes. Great view of the Catskills, and interesting story of his life, but.....

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Betsy J, Manager at Thomas Cole National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2018

Thank you for visiting. I'm so sorry that your visit was just average. We'd love to know if you have any suggestions that might have improved your experience.

Reviewed 6 October 2018

The Thomas Cole National Site is a living memorial to a great artist as well as the dedicated citizens who preserved the Cole home, remaining trees and open space and gardens. Our docent was excellent. The Cole paintings in the annex lent to the National...More

Thank virgoBoson
Reviewed 16 September 2018

The house was interesting and the tour guide was great. She was so knowledgeable about the house and the artist.

Thank Amy W
Reviewed 11 September 2018

If you enjoy Hudson River School, landscapes or history what great small museum. So glad we took time this place.

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I was surprised how much we enjoyed the Thomas Cole House. We had a great tour guide named Deborah and we very much enjoyed the audio-visuals that accompanied the tour. The grounds are lovely and it was just a very special place where we learned...More

1  Thank npensiero
Reviewed 16 August 2018

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 14 August 2018 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
Reviewed 12 August 2018

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

2  Thank mrmatt
Reviewed 11 August 2018

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

1  Thank moongirl
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CaliforniaLynn
5 July 2017|
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Response from Voyage718201 |
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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