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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Unique home and grounds of Frederic Church - American landscape painter

As it is with most historic mansions, the history is as compelling as the home itself. Olana was... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2017
Disneybus
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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
Gorgeous Grounds!

My fiancée and I hiked up to see this beautiful house and we thoroughly enjoyed the abundant... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2017
amrisab
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New York City, New York
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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 23 November 2017

As it is with most historic mansions, the history is as compelling as the home itself. Olana was the home of Frederic and Isabel Church. They traveled and moved among New York City’s cultured citizens, but Olana was their primary home. The home reflects their...More

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Reviewed 18 November 2017

My fiancée and I hiked up to see this beautiful house and we thoroughly enjoyed the abundant foliage and the incredible views all around. We did not stick around to do a house tour but most spots were booked anyway so I would suggest buying...More

Thank amrisab
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

a lovely old mansion built by Frederick Church who was one of the Hudson School of painters. Very whimsical in it's style offering a blend of Moorish and Oriental design influenced by Church's visits to North Africa and the Orient. Stunning views from the grounds.

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

Olana, Church's home is a living landscape painting. Rising well above the Hudson, he positioned and planted the trees, cleared the land to emphasize or frame the views of the river and surrounding countryside. Check the video by PBS station, WMHT for the complete story...More

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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!

Thank Cape-SoCal
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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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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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Response from peter k | Reviewed this property |
Yes if on leashes
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