“...plain republicans of the north and planters of the south.”

Politics before the Civil War was a whirlwind of opposing interest groups. Martin Van Buren was able to unite those groups becoming president in 1837. As frustration and violence over the extension of slavery grew in the 1840's, Van Buren ran for the presidency twice more from this house. He hoped to unite sectional interests but failed; ultimately so did the union.


A group tour speaking with a ranger prior to a tour.

Find out here what to do and where to go.

Whether you want to visit as an individual, with your family or part of a group, this is the place to do all of your advanced planning.

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A state historic marker on on a snowy day on Old Post Road in front of Lindenwald.

Can't get to Kinderhook? Take a virtual tour.

Unable to make the trip to Columbia County and Kinderhook. No problem. Check out the park's virtual tour of the President's beloved home.

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2015 Winter Celebration

2015 Winter Celebration!

Come and celebrate the birth of our 8th President on Saturday December 5th. Tours will be every half hour from 12:00 to 4:00. Click here to sign up.

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