“Thomas Cole National Historic Site marks the sylvan spot where the master of the Hudson River School of painters lived and worked throughout his brief lifetime.
Back in 1840, Cole first journeyed to the upstate wilderness and began painting his visions of nature as a spiritual allegory. Cole influenced younger artists like Frederic Edwin Church, Jasper Cropsey and dozens more who, in time, coalesced into what is now known as the Hudson River School.
Visitors today can tour the home, see the art, stroll the gardens and take in the spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains. The museum has just reconstructed Cole’s self-designed New Studio, and a new exhibit there features the artist’s lesser known architectural endeavors.
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, the former Catskill residence of 19th-century artist and founder of the Hudson River School, opened the New Studio this summer. It—along with the 1815 Main House, 1839 Old Studio and the gardens—are open to the public.”
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Take Amtrak to Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Where to Stay in Hudson
Looking for a getaway opportunity? Spend the night and experience all the Hudson area has to offer. Book a room at Wm. Farmer and Sons—just up the street from Basilica Hudson—and spend the weekend experiencing rich history, cultural hotspots and amazing views with the New York By Rail two-day itinerary, City of Hudson and Beyond. Read about the itinerary and other great places to visit here.