“...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.


Printable Items

Learn More - Brochure and Bulletins

The park's map and guide as well as a variety of site bulletins are found here and may be downloaded for free.

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Portrait of Martin Van Buren by Henry Inman.

The Real Story: Historic Research

Discover the details of the antebellum period of American history. Here’s a direct link to investigations by NPS historians and other noted scholars.

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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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