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
518-943-7465

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