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    Thomas Cole

    National Historic Site New York

Where American Art Was Born

In 1825, America was still a new nation, just forming its own unique identity and traditions. Thomas Cole invented a new style of art, one that Americans could call their own. His landscape paintings launched the art movement known as the Hudson River School.

His groundbreaking achievements took place here in Catskill, New York -- in the "peaceful shades" of his beloved home, Cedar Grove.

Did You Know?

Rip Van Winkle Bridge over the Hudson River

... that Thomas Cole National Historic Site is located in the village of Catskill NY, about 2 hours drive north of the George Washington Bridge. The New York Thruway (Route I-87), Route 9W, and the Taconic State Parkway are close by. More...