Thomas Cole (1801-1848) was perhaps the most prominent American landscape painter of his time. His depictions of the Catskills captured the imagination of the American public, offering a sense of national pride in the country’s natural beauty. His paintings offered the belief that the vast and awe-inspiring American landscape was sublime, a reflection of God, with nature ultimately inseparable from religion. Cole, through his masterful landscapes and interpretation of nature, is widely renowned as the founder of Hudson River School, the first uniquely American art movement. The fourth highest peak in the Catskills is named in his honor.
Thomas Cole first came to Cedar Grove, the farm of John A. Thompson, in the 1820’s and eventually called it home after marrying one Thompson’s nieces. Cedar Grove is located on a hill on the west bank of the Hudson River at the village of Catskill, New York. The house was constructed between 1812 and 1814.
The current property, set on 5 acres of the original estate, includes Cole’s home, his original studio and wonderful panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. Guided tours, a visitor center and a gift shop are also available. Cedar Grove is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.