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Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Thomas Cole National Historic Site Review

You may feel the urge to pick up a paintbrush as you take in the Catskill Mountain views from the front porch of the yellow-brick Federal house of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Well, at least you can understand what inspired Thomas Cole (1801–48), the painter credited with starting the Hudson River School of Art. Cole came to know the 1815 house, called Cedar Grove, when he set up a studio in an outbuilding he rented on the property; he settled down here after marrying a niece of the owner. James Fenimore Cooper and Asher B. Durand are among the 19th-century luminaries who visited Cedar Grove, 13 miles north of Saugerties.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 218 Spring St., near Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Catskill, NY, 12414 | Map It
  • Phone: 518/943–7465
  • Cost: House $10, grounds free
  • Hours: House early May–late Oct., Wed.–Sun 10–4
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  • Location: Saugerties
Updated: 05-15-2014

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