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“Do not miss if in the area.”

Olana State Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Hudson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate, as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, and landscape. Olana, a National Historic Landmark, is an icon of naturalistic landscape design, with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson River Valley. Today, visitors can experience an array of activities, from meandering through the 250 acre artist designed landscape, to taking a tour of the house and surrounding landscape, to viewing the changing exhibitions both in the main house and a gallery devoted to contemporary photography. They can see a 17 minute award-winning video on the property and a permanent orientation exhibit. They can also participate in a variety of educational programs in the Wagon House Education Center, including a free backpack program that includes a variety of projects for children.
Reviewed 28 November 2017

We were given the heads up by a store in Hudson. The site is magnificent and a total art lovers dream visit. The views are beyond spectacular and then go to the Met to see the ones there!

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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.

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