The Thomas Cole National Historic Site preserves and interprets the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation's first art movement. The site includes the 1815 Main House, the1839 Old Studio, a replica of the 1846 New Studio, and the Federal-style privy. The picturesque residential grounds provide panoramic views to the Catskill Mountains.
Cole had a profound influence on America's cultural landscape. "In the early nineteenth century, many in this country were searching for a style of art that they could call their own - something uniquely American. Painter, poet, and essayist Thomas Cole (1801-1848) responded to this quest by creating pristine landscape paintings unlike any yet seen. ... He became the leader of an informal alliance of landscape artists now known as the Hudson River School."
Open for tours from May through October.
There are many memorable art sites within 15 miles of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Learn more and see a map by downloading the Hudson River Art Trail brochure.