Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Thomas Cole and The Bronck Museum

Thomas Cole's Home

I am back from my trip to Greene County, NY relaxed and ready again to face the world!

I highly recommend visiting this area…absolutely beautiful and so very peaceful. With its scenic attributes and authentic rural amenities, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site is a living memorial to the artistry of its famous resident and the world of romanticism in the Hudson River Valley.

From the first, Cedar Grove and the Catskill Mountain region nurtured Thomas Cole's artistry.
In his “Essay on American Scenery” (1835), Cole said the local landscape had “varied, undulating, and exceedingly beautiful outlines – [the Catskills] heave from the valley of the Hudson like the subsiding billows of the ocean after a storm.”
In this setting, in his “painting room” at Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole created many of the Hudson River School masterpieces that assured his fame.

While visiting Greene County I also visited the Hudson Valley’s Oldest home, the Bronck Museum built in 1663.

The house was built in three phases. Pieter Bronck constructed a single-room stone structure in 1663, a year after he purchased 10 square miles from the Mohican Indians. A large single-room addition was added in 1685. In 1738, Leendert Bronck, Pieter's grandson, built the four-room dwelling to the north of the original house and connected the two with a brick "hyphen." Timber-framed and veneered in brick, the "new" section features characteristic Dutch sloping dormers and parapet gables. The farm remained in the Bronck family for eight generations, undergoing little change.

Family furniture (primarily 19th-century), china, silver, glass, and artwork decorate the rooms, which feature 18th-century woodwork. Outbuildings include the restored 19th-century kitchen dependency and three barns. Two barns house displays of agricultural tools, sleighs, and wheeled vehicles; the third contains an exhibit about the great Catskill Mountain hotels and a collection of locally made stoneware.

Built in the 1830's is the oldest, documented, multisided barn in New York. The weight of the roof of this unusual structure rests solidly on its thirteen sides. The only interior framing, apart from the side walls, is a single center pole.

Visiting here is a life long dream come true, and I am glad to be back home!

N Posted by Rain at 5/16/2006 12:32:00 AM


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