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historic painter's house federal style house

Cedar Grove is the historic home and studio in Catskill, New York of painter Thomas Cole, founder of theĀ Hudson River School of American painting.

The Federal-style house was originally built circa 1815 by the Thomson family, one of the area’s earliest landowners. At the time of its building, the property consisted of 110 acres of farmland.

In 1825, Thomas Cole came to Catskill on a sketching trip. At that time, John A. Thomson, a local merchant, owned the Cedar Grove estate. Cole would return to Catskill over the summers and rent lodging at Cedar Grove, but in 1836 he made it his permanent home after marrying one of John Thomson’s nieces in the west parlor of the house. Until his death in 1848, Thomas Cole resided at the house and painted some of his most famous works in the adjacent studio.

Today, the house is open to the public as the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, whose mission it to preserve and interpret the home and studios of Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, the nation’s first major art movement.

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