You are looking at an area that covers about a four mile radius, at the eastern edge about twelve miles west of the Hudson River. This setting has inspired many artists, including Junius Sloan. Here's a description of each site along your journey.

  • VE-Junius-Sloan-2-mapcloseupSITE 2 - The Catskill Mountain House you see marked at the edge of the eastern escarpment of the Catskills, a promontory overlooking a Mountain House from above, with High Peak and Roundtop behind it, is from North Mountain. Go there to see images by Junius Sloan and others.
  • SITE 3 - If you want to see the Catskill Mountain House from below in a painting by Thomas Cole's sister Sara, head for the last big bend in the stage road.
  • SITE 4 - Interested in description of the view from the first luxury resort hotel in America? Your tour guide here will be James Fenimore Cooper.
  • SITE 5 - How about visiting Kaaterskill Falls, waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls? You could go there for your honeymoon-- many did. View an image by Cole.
  • SITE 6 - Provides dramatic overviews by Junius Sloan of the Kaaterskill Clove, a deep valley that became the unofficial outdoor painting school for American landscape painters during the 19th century.
  • SITE 7 - The view from this site gives you a fine Junius Sloan painting of the Clove.
  • SITE 8 - Takes you into the Clove to see famous images by Asher B. Durand and one of Junius Sloan's finest landscapes.
  • SITE 9 - Read more about Rip Van Winkle.

 

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Cole, Thomas. "Essays on American Scenery." The Collected Essays and Prose Sketches. The John Colet Archive of American Literature, Volume 7. Marshall Tymn, ed. St. Paul: John Colet Press, 1980.

Cooper, James Fenimore. The Pioneers. James Wallace, ed. New York: Oxford University Press,1991.

Irving, Washington. "Rip Van Winkle." The Norton Anthology of American Fiction, 5th ed. Nina Baym, ed. New York: W.W Norton and Co., 1998.

Van Zandt, Roland. The Catskill Mountain House. Hensonville: Black Dome Press Corp, 1997.