In 1825, America was still a new nation just forming its own unique identity and traditions. Thomas Cole invented a new style of art, the Hudson River School – one that Americans could call their own. His groundbreaking achievements took place here in Catskill, New York, just 100 miles north of New York City.
Sanford Robinson Gifford,Study for the View from South Mountain, in the Catskills, 1873. Oil on canvas, 8 1/8 x 15 ½ in. Signed, lower left: S R Gifford; inscribed, on the verso: South Mountain, Catskills, 1873. Portland Museum of Art
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From May through October, take a guided tour of Thomas Cole’s home, hike to one of the magnificent views that he painted, see exhibitions of American landscape painting, watch a film, browse the shop, take in a lecture or visit during one of our special events. Learn about all there is to see and do here.
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is situated between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, and is surrounded by cultural and scenic attractions in an area known for its history and its beauty.