• 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.

Park Planning

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In addition to specific planning for interpretation and landscape management the National Park Service has begun developing a General Management Plan (GMP) for Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, New York. The result of our multi-year effort will be a dynamic document that provides guidance for the park's day-to-day management as well as longer-range strategies for resource protection, visitor use, partnerships, and park operations.

The documents and studies above provide support for specific areas of park management while the GMP establishes an overall direction for management and development of the park. To learn more about the GMP click here. To make comments to be considered in preparing the plan e-mail us here.

To understand the history of the site, how it has been managed and the bearing the past has on current planning click here to view the park's administrative history.

Did You Know?

Martin Van Buren 1848 Free-Soil Poster

In the 1848 Presidential election, Martin Van Buren ran as the candidate for a new third party. The Free-Soil Party was group of disaffected Democrats opposed to the extension of slavery into the south-western territories captured from Mexico during the Mexican-American War. Martin Van Buren was the presidential candidate and Charles Francis Adams was chosen as Van Buren’s running mate. The Free-Soil Party received 10% of the popular vote in 1848 but no electoral votes. The Whig candidate and Mexican War hero Zachary Taylor won the Presidency in 1848. After the 1848 presidential election, Martin Van Buren would retire to Lindenwald.