Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

Overview

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is found in Kinderhook, New York. The Eighth President of the United States, Martin Van Buren purchased the estate in 1839 during his Presidency. Van Buren was born in Kinderhook in 1782, the last year of the American Revolution. He lived until July 1862, sixteen months into the American Civil War. During the seventy-nine years of his life, he was instrumental in the establishment of many of the political practices and party politics which saw the new nation from its inception to its trial by ordeal. The estate grew to 226 acres under his direction and was a profitable working farm. He named the farm Lindenwald. Although the park presently encompasses 38.50 acres, much of the cultural landscape and adjacent lands are conservation land. Some of the conservation land is open to the public. Most of the adjacent lands retain a very high degree of integrity to the period of of President Van Buren's residence. This serves to add environmental and historic context to the life and lifestyle of Martin Van Buren. BEFORE GOING ON ANY ADJACENT LANDS PLEASE SPEAK TO A PARK RANGER.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

The visitor season runs from mid-May to the end of October at Martin Van Buren NHS. The weather at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is typical of the northeast United States; it varies considerably throughout the year. Always check the forecast prior to your visit and dress accordingly. Be sure to wear comformtable walking shoes as well.

Directions

Driving: 

From Albany, Montreal, Boston and other points North, East, and West: take Interstate 90 to Exit 12 (from Boston the Exit is B1) US Route 9 (Hudson) Follow US 9 South 4.5 miles to NY Route 9H. Bear right on NY Route 9H continue another 4.5 miles to the park on right. Look for the large brown and white sign. Note the Site is on NY Route 9H, not US Route 9. From New York City, Hyde Park, and Points South: Take US Route 9 North to Kinderhook. At the stoplight in the Village Kinderhook, turn right onto Hudson Street. Proceed across the Kinderhook Street and make your first left following the signs for NY Route 9H. Turn right onto NY Route 9H South. Park is approximately 1.5 miles south on the Right.

Flying: 

The Albany International Airport is located approximately 35 miles from the Park. It is served by several major airlines.