Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Kinderhook

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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  • Who knows much about our 8th president, Martin van Buren? Or knows where his home is? What a contrast with the Hyde Park home of FDR, here you park and enter a very small building where you can sign u...  more »
  • the building is interesting, but the information depends on ability to hear well. People who are hard of hearing need a handout they can read instead of listening to the guide.  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit to this National Park Site. The house tour takes a little over an hour, but we stayed nearly two - taking in the informative movie in the gift shop and walking the beautiful pathe...  more »
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  • Great place to visit to explore local history. The house isn't open in the winter (it opens again in April) but the grounds are great for a walk and the views of the northern Catskills are amazing.
  • Amazing tour guide (Andrew, I think?). Our family didn't particularly know anything or care about Martin Van Buren prior to taking the tour of his home, but we had a great time and learned a lot. Tour includes lots of historic furniture and little details that we never would have known (like the piano of Winston Churchill's mom)
  • Such a great place. It's really a nice park. Staff was really great. Andrew was our ranger on the tour and he was great and very knowledgeable.
  • For history buffs, a great tour. Beautiful site and good tour guides. Go to Van Burens birthplace and burial site as well.
  • I'd give it 5 stars, but we're taking about Martin Van Buren... Don't forget to check out downtown Kinderhook. Samascott's Market Garden has ice cream (and a garden farm stand). Broad Street Bagel has coffee and good bagels. There are even a couple of houses that we're home to an injured Brigadier General Benedict Arnold (28 Broad St) and a defeated General John Burgoyne (24 Broad St). (Interesting that the 10 minute info-video made mention of a 3rd party that assembled to oppose slavery, but failed to mention it by name - the Republican Party)

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