“...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.

Photo of Lindenwald, Van Buren's Home

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Join Us for Ranger Time!

We have teamed with the Kinderhook Memorial Library to offer pre-schoolers an opportunity to learn about history

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour.

Can't get here because of snow or other reasons? No problem. Check out the virtual tour of the President's beloved home.

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19th Amendment Internship

Are you a student or recent graduate interested in women's history and civics? Apply for our 19th Amendment Internship for this summer!

Last updated: April 4, 2019

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Martin Van Buren NHS
1013 Old Post Road

Kinderhook, NY 12106-3605


(518) 758-9689 x2040

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