11. Cedar Grove

thomas cole national historic site

Cedar Grove is the home of painter Thomas Cole. Cole was the founder of the Hudson River School, the American art movement known for its realistic, yet romantic, portrayal of the American landscape. Cedar Grove belonged to Cole’s uncle-in-law, John A. Thomson, who rented and then sold Cole property for a house and studio.

Cole painted some of his most famous paintings on the site. A selection of paintings and studio materials are on display to visitors. In November 2022, work began on a $1.8 million dollar project to build a new visitor’s center and make improvements to existing infrastructure.