National Park Service

Thomas Cole NHS

The Thomas Cole House (Cedar Grove) is now a National Historic Landmark. It includes the home and the studio of painter Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of American painting. Cole lived in the home and used the studios from 1833 through his death in 1848. The Old Studio served as Thomas Cole’s primary studio between 1839 and 1846.

Cole’s student Frederic Edwin Church became a close friend of the family and sketched much of Cedar Grove in 1848. Church’s Olana estate is across the river.

Thomas Edison NHP

Thomas Edison National Historical Park contains Thomas Edison‘s laboratory and Glenmont residence (which was closed when we visited).  The park is in West Orange, New Jersey. You’ll be amazed by all inventions that originated out of these laboratories (e.g., motion picture camera, improved phonographs, sound recordings, silent and sound movies, and the nickel-iron alkaline electric storage battery.

The laboratory was designated as Edison Laboratory National Monument on July 14, 1956.

 

Congaree NP – Trails

Congaree National Park is the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. Randy and I hiked with Lucy and Dixie on Easter Sunday on our trip back to Winchester from Charleston. As you can see from their muddy paws, these little old beagles still love exploring with their dads. We visited Congaree ten years ago, when the park was a new addition to the National Parks. Since then, many boardwalks and trails have been added to make the park more accessible. We definitely walked off jelly beans and chocolate bunnies this Easter!