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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  • Very interesting visit on a rainy day, made even better by the information provided by the park ranger; Very kind and happy to answer my questions. I learned a lot about a president I knew too little ...  more »
  • Not knowing much of anything about the 8th President of the US prompted this visit. You start out in the visitor's house with a short informative video. Then you walk over through the woods to the mai...  more »
  • Beautiful mansion that fits in the surrounding landscape. The tour guide was exceptional and in a one hour tour he explained about the era, history, politics and customs. The rooms and items displayed in it came to life. The eighth president may not have left a lasting political imprint but his local activities and efforts to bring ideas together did last.
  • This place was so cool to learn about a past president. The grounds are beautiful. We didn't do the house tour due to time, but ask for the scavenger hunt. It is super fun for a family to do together.

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