• 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

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  • Tours Begin Monday May 19, 2014.

    Several recent publications have incorrectly indicated that tours resume the weekend of April 19 & 20. The park grounds are open year round from 7:00am to sunset, but tours will not resume until Monday May 19.

Interpretive Planning

Ranger Tour

A park ranger discussing ante bellum politics with visitors on a tour through President Van Buren's home Lindenwald.

National Park service

Interpretive planning determines appropriate interpretive services, facilities, programs, and media to communicate in the most effective way the park's purpose, significance, compelling stories, themes and values, while protecting and preserving park resources. Sound interpretive planning defines desirable and diverse experiences, recommends ways to facilitate those experiences, and assures they are accessible. The outcome of interpretive planning is effectiveness in communicating the park's story in a larger context, ideas, meanings, and the values associated with the resources themselves, and achieving the balance between resource protection and visitor use and enjoyment.

If you wish to learn more about the basis and direction of the interpretive program at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site please click one of the documents below:

Interpretive Planning Foundation

Interpretive Concept Plan

Did You Know?

Silvester signature

That widower Martin Van Buren proposed marriage to the daughter of his former law mentor shortly after he took up residence at Lindenwald, but that Margaret Sylvester turned him down!