• 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.

Event Details

  • Multiple Days: 07/20/2013, 07/21/2013

    Location: Kinderhook Dutch Farming Heritage Trail Time: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Fee Information: Trail events no charge. Fee to tour mansion. Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 518-758-9689

Martin Van Buren stated in his Will that the last and happiest days of his life were spent at Lindenwald.  You too can experience the delight President Van Buren had for his property and the adjoining countryside .  Saturday and Sunday the 20th and 21st of July join the National Park Service, Friends of Kinderhook Trails, Roxbury Farm, Friends of Lindenwald and the Columbia County Historical Society to celebrate the trail developed last year connecting Lindenwald and Luykas Van Alen House.   Over the two days a number of activities are planned to introduce a wide variety of users to the Kinderhook Dutch Farming Heritage Trail.

On Saturday the 20th, the weekend begins at 9:00 in an exciting way with a trail run.  The four mile run will begin at the Lindenwald mansion, following the trail route up Old Post Road across the rolling terrain of Roxbury Farm to the Luykas Van Allen House where it loops around and returns to the front of the mansion.  Registration for the run is limited and is nearly filled.  Runners should check http://jimtansey.info/cf/trailrun.cfm to find out if there's still space to register.

After everyone has caught their breath, kids and adults will enjoy participating in demonstrations in geocaching and tree exploration  and identification at the Columbia County Martin Van Buren Nature Area and Trails at 11:00 immediately across route 9H from Lindenwald.  The Friends of Lindenwald with the assistance of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Columbia-Greene and 4-H Clubs will introduce people to geocaching and how to identify trees.

Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.  Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  There are hundreds of geocaches in our area and thousands around the world.

Ever wonder what that beautiful tree in your backyard is?  Trees are so common in our lives, but so many of us can’t tell one from another.  With a few helpful clues from this active session you can begin to be able to identify the many different shapes, sizes, types of leaves and more variations of many trees common to our area.
Saturday’s activities will be rounded out with a family-oriented scavenger hunt along the Wayside Loop Trail beginning at 1:00 at the visitor center.  Also starting at 1:00 and again at 2:00 farm tours will be offered where you can learn about the Dutch connections that exist between Luykas Van Allen, Martin Van Buren and today's farmers at Roxbury Farm.

On Sunday the 21st  activities will resume bright and early.  Beginning at 7:30 birders can enjoy a walk along the new trail led by local expert Drew Hopkins.  The trail crosses a number of habitats including forest, field and riparian areas so bird species are potentially quite varied.  Also starting at 7:30 on Sunday will be a plein air painting opportunity to be led by well-known local water colorist  Gretchen Kelly.  The session is open to all with an eye for the outdoors (or who wish to develop one) no matter what your medium.  Photographers, painters or illustrators who are interested will have a great opportunity to spend time learning from one of the best plein air artists in New York State.

As always, on Saturday and Sunday the Lindenwald mansion will be open for tours beginning at 9:00  and repeating at the top of every hour through 4:00.  The Columbia County Historical Society’s Luykas Van Alen House is open on Saturdays and Sundays as well.