Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Visitor Information

218 Spring Street
Catskill, New York 12414

Phone: 518-943-7465

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: 10% off regular admission.


Thomas Cole (1801-1848) regarded as the founder of America’s first major art movement, known as the Hudson River School created pristine landscape paintings unlike any yet seen. His vision of wild and untouched scenery with majestic mountains and tangled forests stood in stark contrast to the gentle landscape images that had come before. Discover his inspiring story with a guided tour of Cole’s gracious 1815 home and art studios, see the film about his art, stroll through the flower gardens and enjoy the sweeping view of the Catskill Mountains. Take in a special lecture about the Hudson River School, or take a short drive to the magnificent nearby places seen in Thomas Cole’s paintings.