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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Majestic views. God’s finger touched the earth here in the form of church’s vision

Was with the family today. Spectacular view and history!! Unbelievable art in the form... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2017
Cape-SoCal
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Altadena, California
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View and House to tour

The house was built by Frederick Church and family way back in early 1900's. His design for the... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2017
ronsF6171VH
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Syosset, United States
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Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate, as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, and landscape. Olana, a National Historic Landmark, is an icon of naturalistic landscape design, with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson River Valley. Today, visitors can experience an array of activities, from meandering through the 250 acre artist designed landscape, to taking a tour of the house and surrounding landscape, to viewing the changing exhibitions both in the main house and a gallery devoted to contemporary photography. They can see a 17 minute award-winning video on the property and a permanent orientation exhibit. They can also participate in a variety of educational programs in the Wagon House Education Center, including a free backpack program that includes a variety of projects for children.
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5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Was with the family today. Spectacular view and history!! Unbelievable art in the form landscape. There is a great video that patrons should see prior to the tour and hiking the grounds. Absolutely delightful!

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Reviewed 4 November 2017

The house was built by Frederick Church and family way back in early 1900's. His design for the house, how he built on to it his art work and some others, that show first of all, the views of the Hudson Valley from ATOP the...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017

My wife and son and I went a few days ago to visit. Unfortunately I did not make a reservation to tour the interior of the house , wish that I had. We did however take the coach ride with our guide DAVID. He was...More

Thank Mike B
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

I took the "electric carriage" tour. There are many great picturesque views. The electric carriage was a GEM neighborhood electric vehicle that sits 6 (5 tourists plus the tour guide/driver). The ride is a little rough because this is a vehicle meant for smooth streats...More

Thank iLOV3F00D
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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous welcoming historic Olana; a charming respite from the busy streets of Hudson. I am planning another longer visit. Darling accommodating staff such a special place!

Thank Susan P
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

I'm not really a fan of the Hudson River School of art, though there are individual paintings I like a lot. This house and the grounds around it however are like being inside one of the paintings and are fantastic examples of the expansion of...More

Thank Bill W
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Why? Because here is the only interior where every item of furniture, every painting, every collectible in every room is EXACTLY preserved as shown in interior photographs taken when Hudson Valley artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) and his family lived in this romantic Persian style...More

Thank Jim L
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

A remarkable property including grounds, with tour. My only reservation, possibly unjustified, is that one comes away with no appreciation of Church the artist. This tour focuses mostly upon the house - its history, construction, habitation, and ultimate restoration. There are some Church paintings inside,...More

Thank ChiHipster
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

I was very surprised as I wasn’t sure what to expect. The mention is gorgeous and the environment is beautiful and very peaceful. If you need a peace and serenity this is the right place. Love the story behind it too. It belonged to a...More

Thank Vlad Z
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

I was looking for something unique to do with a friend from the Lake George area while I was visiting home in Albany, NY. I had very briefly been to the Hudson area four years ago and thinking it had a cool liberal vibe for...More

Thank NYCaliKara
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RosalindaG
30 October 2016|
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Response from EZReader | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can visit the grounds without booking a tour. The grounds are lovely.
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JTayj
28 August 2016|
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Response from Esther32 | Reviewed this property |
Too far to walk. Not a far ride though
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Caroline R
16 July 2016|
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Yes if on leashes
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