An official Path Through History Site! Visit the historic home and studio of the founder of the Hudson River School, a uniquely American style of painting. Sit on the front porch and walk amid the gardens and trails to see the magnificent landscapes that inspired Thomas Cole and appear in his famous paintings. Thomas Cole was a painter, poet, essayist, environmental protection advocate, and founder of the Hudson River School of painting. One can still see the views that inspired those paintings by following the Hudson River School Art Trail at hudsonriverschool.org.