About Thomas Cole

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.

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2019 Sunday Salons

The Art of Emily Cole

Women’s History Month Guided Tours

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Things to See and Do

Explore Thomas Cole’s home and studios, hike to one of the magnificent views that he painted, see exhibitions of American landscape painting, watch an original film, browse the gift shop, take in a lecture or celebrate at one of our special events.  Learn about all there is to see and do here.

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Join a community of inspiring people who care about the American landscape and support this special place where American art was born.

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Learn About the Catskills and Hudson Valley

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.

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