• Mist rises over fields on Martin Van Buren's farm Lindenwald as the Catkill Mountains loom in the distance.

    Martin Van Buren

    National Historic Site New York

People

Period Clothes

Park volunteers dressed in ante bellum period clothing.

National Park Service

At any time during Martin Van Buren's twenty-one year residency, an intriguing collection of people lived within his home and in the nearby communities. There was a stream of family, politicians, friends, guests and children constantly coming and going. Additionally, there was a ever-changing mix of domestic and agricultural employees. Some of the workers were native born, many were immigrants, most were white, some were black. To read what some of the extensive research reveals about the people associated with Lindenwald and President Van Buren click on the links below.


National Park service studies

National Park Service

Research

Scholarship is critical to the work that is accomplished at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. The need for current, factual, balanced historical research is, of course, essential to the preservation of the physical resources of the site. It is even more important to the understanding and interpretion of President Van Buren and the ante bellum period of American history. National Park Service professionals and noted national scholars have conducted many of the studies. Much of the research is arranged through the National Park Service's agreement with the Organization of American Historians. Some of the more recent studies can be accessed below:


Irish Immigrant Workers in Antebellum New York: The Experience of Domestic Servants at Van Buren's Lindenwald

The Little Magician after the Show: Martin Van Buren, Country Gentleman and Progressive Farmer, 1841-1863

Return to His Native Town, Martin Van Buren's Life at Lindenwald 1839-1862

From Homeland to New Land: A History of the Mahican Indians, 1600-1830

Plant Yourself in My Neighborhood: An Ethnographic Study of Farming and Farmers in Columbia County, New York

Did You Know?

Dutch windmill and tulips

Martin Van Buren is the only president for whom English is a second language. He was raised in a community where Dutch was more common than English reflecting New York’s beginning as a colony of Holland. As a boy he spoke Dutch at home with his parents, siblings, and throughout the Village of Kinderhook.