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As a result of the 1837 visit to Schroon Lake by both Thomas Cole and Asher Durand there were a number of sketches and paintings produced. One such pencil sketch of a very large boulder by Mr. Cole in which, for perspective, he drew a stick figure of Mr. Durand left one with the idea that the boulder was 3 or 4 times taller than Mr. Durand.

Asher B. Durand was my 4x great Uncle. Making Elias Wade Durand my 3x great Grandfather.

In 200, my Mother who volunteers as a docent at the Schroon Lake Historical Society, met a man who was writing about the 1837 visit of Cole and Durand. She called me and wanted me to meet him. In the course of our conversation he opened his computer and printed a copy of the sketch done by Mr. Cole of the large boulder. He believed that the sketch was done locally and because of the enormous size of the boulder perhaps it could be located?

I made a WANTED poster and hung in the Pottersville Post Office. I received 3 phone calls. All 3 were for leads outside of the local area. It was 3 years later in 2003 that I received a call from a local "logger" who upon seeing the boulder in the woods here in Pottersville immediately recalled my WANTED poster.

I followed his lead, and as you can imagine, my heart began pounding as my climb up what Mr. Cole in a letter to Mr. Durand referred to as "boulder stone hill" revealed that this was in fact it! My Great Uncle, A. B Durand stood on this site in the woods 166 years ago! Moving to the front side of the boulder and holding up the computer generated copy of the sketch, I was thrilled! I FOUND IT!

I called the gentleman who was writing about the 1837 excursion, he came up the following weekend to take my picture standing next to the boulder! He wanted to include it in his book. I do not know if it ever was published? Since that time I have taken family members from Nebraska and Arizona up boulder stone hill to see my discovery.

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Gray

Researching Thomas Cole for my history class, we got to chose any subject we learned to do a report on, and I chose the Hudson River School! Looking forward to finding paintings for m project board! If anybody has favorites, let me know!

May 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLianna

Researching Thomas Cole for my art class! The website looks amazing by the way!

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHope

I'm in history class doing a project on Thomas Cole. I have to be him! Therefore, I am awesome.

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

While on a sabbatical leave from my college teaching job in late Oct. of 1992 , I came to Catskill NY and through a fellow visitor at the library was able to find the cemetery where Thomas Cole & Family were buried, finding the graves, I was surprised there was no information anywhere to apprise visitors of the importance of this man in the History of American Painting. I did find the home, which I think was under restoration, the door was unlocked so I did have a peek inside. the site was a bit unkept at the time, but I was there all alone and on that splendid Autumn day it was magical to me. I spent the night at a local motel and perused a copy of Gary Kelly's illustrated version of the "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" it was Halloween night! The next morning, I crossed Hudson River, and went to another magical place, F.E. Church's "Olana"

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn T. Hughes

My wife and I visit Thomas Cole National Historic Site every year as part of our annual pilgrimage to the Catskills.Every time we visit there is a new facet to the visit. pandora bracelets

October 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteronlines

This website was great for my mini-school-project on Thomas Cole, thanks so much! :)

May 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbay

Great website ! I wish you the best !

March 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKen

Our family residing in the Wasington,D.C. Maryland suburb of West Bethesda had in its' posession for a short while in the 1950's til 1966, a Thomas Cole Painting named initially "Maid in the mist." This painting was given as a present to my father John Gager as a present by one of his great auntswhen he was just a boy. As my father ,I and my 3 brothers and sisters lived in the home of our grandmother Josephine Chapman Gager, the painting was stolen by my two aunts who took it upon themselves to call it part of Josephines estate even though they knew it was the personal property of my father. They then sold the painting to Yale University for a very small sum of money and the name of the painting wa changed. I have a small unauthenticated Cole , my godmother has a signed call which it seems
that he probably painted while in Italy. We are somehow distantly related to T. Cole(I was told that he was my great,great,great great uncle)which is probly the connection that brought the painting to be given to my father. The Smithsonian had the painting for I don't know how long for an agreed upon period of time in exchange for restoration services supplied by the Smithsonian. I loved the film!!!!!

November 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjanis gager

A remembrance of Raymond Beecher -- a benefactor of the Thomas Cole Historic Site:
A voyage with Beecher: a aged man who had honored our grandfather with a donation at the WW II memorial in Washington DC. When we met, we were the shadowy images of our grandfather that Raymond Beecher knew from years ago. My brother Steve came from Boston and myself from Pa. For both of us, leaving our important duties, slipping our yokes, to meet and share time with this historian, writer, admirer of natures art and a friend of our grandfather seemed undo-able. Beecher at breakfast said "There's a restored PT boat down in Athens." My response was, let's go see it. Raymond smiled. As this WW II relic powerfully navigated the Hudson, Raymond yelled out the Olana House is up there, pointing to a mountain. I heard this through the rumble coming from the PT engines below deck. The Olana House and Thomas Cole House had no meaning yet to me. I knew only that Raymond was helping to resurrect this artist Thomas Cole's house. I looked about and saw a eagle soaring above us then landing. Beecher also saw this -- we both smiled. To me this eagle made the trip more memorable along with some veterans on board that gave to preserve our country -- Raymond Beecher being one of them. I looked towards shore -- my brother Steve had safely arrived and would meet Raymond for the first time. The three of us would see and tour the Thomas Cole House. I was enlightened that Thomas Cole not only conveyed nature's outstanding beauty, but brushed meanings of life into his work. We stayed at Raymond's home on the Hudson and laughed into the night. Raymond talked of artists like Cole and Church, his writings with books and joyful memories in the service with my grandfather Ltc. Paul M. Fellencer. My brother would soon leave and so would i the next morning, but soon i would return for Raymond's passing. On Raymond's funeral card there is a picture of a eagle soaring. I smiled when i first observed this. Thank you Thomas Cole and all the students taught to speak through your pencils paints, brushes and canvasses. Thomas Cole's painting, Voyage of Life, makes me smile and think of Beecher.

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStu Bailey

Happy memories of our time spent with Raymond Beecher -- a benefactor of the Thomas Cole Historic Site: My brother Steve and i took the last hike with Raymond Beecher. It was a beautiful fall day even though it was raining the leaves glistened due to the rain. Raymond said as we hiked along "i wanted to do this one last time" and you know what he did? Raymond made it to the top where the Mountain House once stood and where Thomas Cole carved his name. God was with us. the reason i say this is once at the top of the mountain the rain stopped the fog lifted and the Hudson valley that Thomas Cole painted opened to allow Raymond Beecher to see. This turn in the weather was like a light switch. As we started our decent the rain and fog started with our first steps. This was only one of many timely or strange events that would happen while sight-seeing with Raymond and after his passing. Raymond was a friend of my grandfather's. they had served together in the military and it was this connection that gave me the gift to know Thomas Cole. Due to Raymond Beecher's generosity with Thomas Cole house and the Bronck house. I would like to thank you Raymond for leading with a thoughtful giving hand. Thomas Cole lives on and God the original creator,artist smiles! Stuart Bailey

October 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStu Bailey

Thank you so much for giving Thomas Cole the attention he deserves! He is an inspiration to me as a photographer, and I love visiting the house and attending as many of the events as I can.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancy de Flon

I am absolutely impressed with the new website! Thomas Cole is my great great great Grandfather and I was actually the last generation to live @ Cedar Grove before our family sold it. I have many fond memories of my childhood @ Cedar Grove. I think the State of New York and all the wonderful people @ Cedar Grove have done a wonderful job in maintaining a true historical site. I will be visiting my former home hopefully in the next year with my daughter Haley Cole Schneider and I look forward to reminiscing about all the great times I had as a young child. Congrats again on a wonderful website and I look forward to my next visit! I hope everyone has the opportunity to enjoy Cedar Grove as much as I have!

July 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Cole Schneider

Great website that helped me with a project in school. If anyone else knows anymore sites about Thomas Cole email me at mr.dean.moris@gmail.com.

May 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDean Moris

Nice site!!

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBed and Breakfast Roma

My 14 year old daughter had to do an essay on one of Thomas Cole's
paintings. Her teacher directed her to this website because of the
additional information found here about things that aren't noticeable
with the naked eye (e.g. initials carved in trees). Keep up the good
work. Organizations like yours can never get too much credit for
educating others about our history.

February 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave Reynolds

This is a very nice site.

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErik Chapman

Hello, I am the great great great great granddaughter, of Thomas Cole. I love what you've done with the website, the new look is amazing. I've never been to the house, yet. But, more than anything would love to visit there, as soon as possible.

January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHaley Cole

I am impressed!

December 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterACHIECEZEFT

I write just to offer my praise for one of the best web sites that I've encountered. The tour through the various paintings is a stunning resource, one that I will share with my students in an American Civilization sequence.

My travels east often take me across New York. Next time I am in your neighborhood, I will be sure to visit.

Bravo,
Rob Franciosi
Dept. of English/ Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

October 22, 2009 | Registered CommenterExecutive Director

As a Catskill native it's encouraging and uplifting to see what a wonderful historic site Cedar Grove has become. Growing up in Catskill in the 1970s-80s when the village and town was at a low, the house has certainly added as have the annual cats walk to the local economy and regentrification of the area. It is also great to see the collaboration between our family's place of worship and this important public historic site. The cooperation between these two neighbors is a wonderful model for other places in the state to follow.

October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteven Mann

Really good site!

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAffelialady

Since the fall of 1998, I have been coming to the mid-Hudson valley in October- either for parent weekend at Bard- last attended in fall, 2002, my daughter's last year there- or then , the NY State Sheep and Wool Show. One year, I was late finding a B&B in the vicinity of Bard and did a wider search, finding a place to stay at Caleb Street Inn with host Rita L. I had visited Olana but until staying in Catskill, I was not aware of the Cole site, so Rita pointed me in that direction. I guess the first time I took a tour was in the fall of 2001- it must have been not long after the reopening. Since then, as I have continued my October pilgrimages to that region, I have made it a point to stop by the Cole House and see what's been happening. I've enjoyed several of the fall lectures, was excited to see the completion of the studio, and have taken several house tours. Each docent brings his/her own unique slant to the restoration of the house, so I never felt I took the same tour. Tonight I am typing this at my school where it is "Back to School Night." I'm one of the two art teachers, so maybe some parents will visit in a while after getting the homeroom spiel, meanwhile I'm here exploring the updated site. I went home to let out the dogs between the end of the day and this evening's event and the flyer about the new website was in the mail. I'm am very excited to see how I can incorporate its use in the fifth grade art curriculum which includes lessons on American artists. It's good to see that the Cole House historic site continues to flourish.

September 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill Benjamin

My wife and I visit Thomas Cole National Historic Site every year as part of our annual pilgrimage to the Catskills.Every time we visit there is a new facet to the visit.We love the different exhibitions yearly.We have also visited many of the sites Cole painted and walked in his historic shoes while following the art trail.The new film is a great addition to the website.Nicely done.

August 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWayne Dionne

Our new website is launched! Please let us know what you think, what is working for you, what is not working, and what you like and don't like. Also, if you have recently visited the Thomas Cole Historic Site in person, give readers a taste of what you experienced. How was your tour? Did you see the Thomas Cole film? Thanks for your input.

August 18, 2009 | Registered CommenterExecutive Director

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