“...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.

Daily Tours of the President's Home

Daily Tours of the President's Home.

Ranger-led tour of Lindenwald are available during the park's visitor season. In 2016 the visitor season begins May 23; it ends October 31.



Poison ivy is everywhere within the park and along trails. Be aware of what it looks like. Three leaves: Stay away!

Gravesite of Martin Van Buren

Gravesite of Martin Van Buren

At the Kinderhook Dutch Reformed Cemetery on Albany Ave in the Village of Kinderhook the President, his wife Hannah, and his son are buried.

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.

Pla your visit.

Find out what to do, where to go.

Whether you want to visit as an individual or with a group, this is the place to do all your advance planning.

Historical Research

Historical Research

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



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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Martin Van Buren NHS
1013 Old Post Road

Kinderhook, NY 12106-3605


(518) 758-9689 x2011

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