Thomas Cole
Historic Site

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is the place where American art was born, where Thomas Cole (1801-1848) founded the nation’s first major art movement, now known as the Hudson River School. The interior of his 1815 brick home is a kaleidoscopic immersive experience with the artist’s own decorative painting on the walls and multi-media installations that convey his passionate concern for the environment. The wrap-around porch offers panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. The 1839 Old Studio is the light-filled space where Cole created his best-known masterpieces, and the 1846 New Studio is now a museum gallery with traveling exhibitions. The site today is a National Historic Landmark and an affiliated area of the National Park System.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Thomas Cole National Historic Site
218 Spring Street
Catskill, NY 12414

Special thanks to Martin Katzoff, Hannah Kahn, Eve Aaron, and Adam Grimes.