Olana’s Historic Landscape Digital Audio Tour
Self-guided tour of 1.5 miles of gravel historic carriage roads
Time: 45:08 (audio); approximately 1 hour with making stops
Helpful Hint! There is free guest WiFi available at the Visitor Center/Museum (network name: OlanaGuest) for downloading your tour. In addition, there is a map + corresponding brochure available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Learn about the history and ongoing historic restoration of Olana’s artist designed landscape. Imagine walking inside a Frederic Church painting. While you learn a myriad of facts you will be inspired on Church’s many historic carriage roads. The tour can be listened to anywhere, but to follow along with the geography, please start at the historic map sign at the bottom of the parking lot stairway. We suggest wearing good walking shoes. The route travels on Ridge Road, South Road + New Approach Road.
TOP wishes to thank local actors Leigh Strimbeck and Paul Ricciardi for their excellent dramatic readings. Many thanks to Wave Farm/WGXC for making the audio recording possible and for Henri Scars Struck for donating his original score. This tour was written by TOP’s Landscape Curator, Mark Prezorski. Copyright TOP 2016. This project was funded in part by a grant from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
Photo credit: Frederic J. Church, Plan of Olana (detail), 1886, watercolor on paper, OL.1984.39, Collection of Olana State Historic Site, NYSOPRHP
F.E. Church’s Letters & 19th Century Ballads
Performed by Brian Dewan
Time: 57:39 (audio); approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with making stops
Helpful Hint! There is free guest WiFi available at the Visitor Center/Museum (network name: OlanaGuest) for downloading your tour. In addition, there is a map available for purchase in the Museum Store.
This tour can be listened to in any location but we recommend listening as you stroll any of the carriage roads designed by Frederic Church. While you walk you can contemplate the life and words of Church, his family, and his contemporaries; and these are layered with songs from their era. Artist and musician Brian Dewan does a dramatic reading of significant letters in Olana’s collection.