Olana State Historic Site, Hudson

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Architectural Building · Historic Site
Former home of American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church, Olana State Historic Site, features a Persian-inspired mansion replete with art exhibits and wide-open views of the Hudson River Valley. Nestled in 100 hectares (250 acres) of natural landscape, the mansion boasts brick, wood, slate, and ceramic exterior of an asymmetrical and irregular silhouette. Take a guided tour of the house and grounds--thought to be among the most intact art designed landscapes in the United States--to admire its striking design, including amber-boarded windows and golden natural lighting. You'll have the opportunity to follow 8 km (5 mi) of garden roads, which will lead you through native woodlands, meadows, orchards, and a lake setting. Start your trip to Hudson by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • After having enjoyed a visit to Thomas Cole site 2 years ago, finally due to COVID able to visit and enjoy Olana. Signed up for guided house tour, and a self-guided house tour to catch many of the...  more »
  • I had been to only maybe thirty years ago, and had enjoyed it. My husband and I were recently heading thru the Hudson River Valley and stopped for a visit. At this point, timed tickets are...  more »
  • Beautiful and well maintained grounds and gardens. Great to walk around in itself but we did the first floor tour of the home. Our tour guide Dan was fantastic and beyond knowledgeable. You can tell that he cares about his craft. He knew the history behind every piece of furniture and design. He did not miss a beat to any questions asked to him. The house is gorgeous and well worth the visit.
  • The view alone is worth 5 stars! I’ve driven by many times and always wanted to stop by, so one day I finally did. The house itself was closed but I did get to walk around outside and watch the sunset. It’s a picturesque place and just breathtaking. The amount of work it must have taken to build this home is crazy- especially in the 1800’s and with horse and buggy I presume.

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