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.


A mountain landscape painting

See his Paintings

Thomas Cole's paintings are now in museums around the world, but you can sees nearly 150 of them together in an on line gallery.

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A hiker overlooking a scenic mountain valley

Be a Part of the Story

Thomas Cole National Historic Site hosts events and exhibitions. Take in a special lecture about the Hudson River School, or join a guided hike.

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Thomas Cole's home studio

Visit his home and studio

Thomas Cole's home and studio have been restored and were opened to the public as a museum in 2001.

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