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Just gorgeous on a sunny fall day

We loved our visit to Olana, as much for the opportunity to visit the home of an important American... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bookistan5
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Brooklyn, New York
can't beat the way they were.

Touring this fabulous former home now a museum facility, was a time warped experience . It's... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sheila1946
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Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

As it is with most historic mansions, the history is as compelling as the home itself. Olana was the home of Frederic and Isabel Church. They traveled and moved among New York City’s cultured citizens, but Olana was their primary home. The home reflects their travels including mixtures of Victorian, Middle-Eastern and Mexican decorative motifs. It's almost a must that you preorder your home tour on-line, as many visitors get turned away without a reservation. Out docent was terrific - well informed and engaging, as she weaved the history of Church with the house. You book the reservation ahead and pay upon arrival at the visitor center. Try to see the film offered in the center before your tour to gain an understanding of Church and the environs. The museum store offers a variety of Church and Olana offerings. My wife and I were fortunate to also book one of the last historic electric carriage landscape tours before the season ended - this prepay one hour tour was absolutely beautiful and fantastic - we highly recommend this when it continues in the spring. Our tour guide was energetic, fun, and informative - truly appreciating the landscape and history of Olana.

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Reviewed 17 November 2017

My fiancée and I hiked up to see this beautiful house and we thoroughly enjoyed the abundant foliage and the incredible views all around. We did not stick around to do a house tour but most spots were booked anyway so I would suggest buying tickets beforehand. There is a nice gift shop with great books and art.

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Reviewed 17 November 2017

a lovely old mansion built by Frederick Church who was one of the Hudson School of painters. Very whimsical in it's style offering a blend of Moorish and Oriental design influenced by Church's visits to North Africa and the Orient. Stunning views from the grounds.

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

Olana, Church's home is a living landscape painting. Rising well above the Hudson, he positioned and planted the trees, cleared the land to emphasize or frame the views of the river and surrounding countryside. Check the video by PBS station, WMHT for the complete story of this home and historic site.

Thank ge32225
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Was with the family today. Spectacular view and history!! Unbelievable art in the form landscape. There is a great video that patrons should see prior to the tour and hiking the grounds. Absolutely delightful!

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