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Near Hudson in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Park and Lake

 
 
Park and Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, April 13, 2019
1. Park and Lake Marker
Inscription.  Frederic Church transformed a treeless hillside into the wooded park you see across the lake. There, on 31 acres, he planted hundreds of trees and shrubs, singly and in clumps, in a landscape design conceived in the Picturesque Style (a 19th-century term meaning informal and natural-appearing). He called these plantings his "living landscape"or his "painting in nature.” Church laid out his roads to provide a series of changing views and to tantalize visitors with remote and fleeting glimpses of the house as it was approached.

The 10-acre lake was created by removing the muck and clay from swampy ground that formed a natural basin to the west of Cosy Cottage. Church's farmhands worked at this chore from 1860 to 1878, removing 40,000 cubic yards by hand. When viewed from the top of the hill or from the house, the lake mirrors Inbocht Bay, the lakelike expanse in the Hudson River about six miles south of this property

In addition to its aesthetic importance, the spring-fed lake provided for recreational and utilitarian needs. A steam-operated engine, located in the nearby pump house, supplied water
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through underground pipes to the houses, vegetable gardens, and the barns. Canoeing, picnicking, and strolling its shores made the lake a source of pleasure for the Churches and their friends.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicHorticulture & ForestryParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 42° 12.591′ N, 73° 49.936′ W. Marker is near Hudson, New York, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from Olana State Historic Site, on the right when traveling north. About fifty yards off of park road in Olana State Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hudson NY 12534, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woodshed (approx. ¼ mile away); Icehouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Kitchen Garden (approx. 0.3 miles away); Barnyard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cosy Cottage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brezie Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); Columbia County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Studio and Viewshed (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hudson.
 
Regarding Park and Lake. Fredric Church was a renowned painter of the Hudson River School. He painted large landscapes and often used his property as model.
 
Park and Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, April 13, 2019
2. Park and Lake Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 107 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 13, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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