Olana was the 19th century home, studio and designed landscape of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), his wife Isabel and their four children. The 250 acre historic estate features an elaborately stenciled, Persian-inspired mansion filled with original sketches, studies and paintings by one of the mid-19th century's most famous artists. A diverse decorative arts collection includes objects from around the world. Five miles of carriage drives, many of which are now pedestrian-use only, traverse a property developed in much the way Church created his canvasses, with strategically revealed vistas of one of the most strikingly beautiful places in the Hudson Valley.
Visitors to Olana enjoy guided house tours, view changing exhibits in the Evelyn & Maurice Sharp Gallery, hike, run and walk dogs in the Picturesque landscape, picnic, paint, photograph and take part in programs and special events for all ages. A Visitor Center offers an exhibit, film, interactive touch screen computers and museum shop. Family activities are available regularly at the Wagon House Education Center. A self-guided walking tour of the landscape leads visitors to the Church's first home on the property, the family's farm and orchards, a lake created from swampland, the site of Church's first studio at Olana and several planned views.
From now through November 1st, check out River Crossings, an exhibit featuring contemporary artwork inside the historic interiors at Olana and the nearby Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Visit http://www.rivercrossings.org/ for more information.
Don't miss these popular destinations within or near Olana State Historic Site:
- Barnyard, farm complex - Church's land was home to a farm, learn more about what animals were kept and where
- Cosy Cottage - original family home, now the offices of The Olana Partnership
- Gift Shop - located in the Visitor's Center, find artsy and historic items for everyone on your list!
- Visitor's Center - view videos and information on the Church family
- Wagon House Education Center - experience year-round programs and events in the farm complex
News! Olana Historic Site is Awarded $1.5 million through Governor Cuomo's New York Works Initiative