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Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Kinderhook

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The mission of Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is to preserve Lindenwald, the home and farm of the nation’s eighth president. Martin Van Buren’s life bridged the eighty years between the American War for Independence and the U.S. Civil War, the critical formative years of the American Republic. He was among the most prominent Early American politicians, one whose political activities were prototypical and became common practice in American politics and are still an influence. When coupled with its surroundings and viewshed, Lindenwald appears as it did when Martin Van Buren lived; it provides an aesthetically pleasing resource which is intimately and tangibly related to his life. As such it allows for successful study and understanding of President Van Buren’s life and times as well as a refreshing recreational resource.
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  • Martin Van Buren was the Eighth President of the United States. He was born in Kinderhook,NY. He coined the term O.K. ,which comes from Old Kinderhook. He had a group of friends and if a person wanted...  more »
  • We included Lindenwald on our trip to the Hudson River Valley out of a sense of duty to American history. Van Buren was minor, as Presidents go, and his house is minor, as house museums go, but the Na...  more »
  • Mid-May through October, a ranger-led tour of President Martin Van Buren's home, Lindenwald, is conducted through the house. Our young tour guide was obviously interested in his subject and gave us a ...  more »
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  • What a great tour by the tour guides. The house has a very interesting story, and Martin van Buren's life is one that is often skipped over in the history books. If your interested in American History, this is a great stop. And it's free (at least in 2016!)
  • Our tour guide (I think his name was Greg) was great. Probably some of the friendliest NPS staff we have encountered, and we have been to probably almost a hundred parks.
  • We all learned a lot. The rangers were all very friendly and informative. We really enjoyed the tour.
  • if you like historical sites, this is the right place for a walk to see the house and gardens.
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