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.
“...plain republicans of the north and planters of the south.”
Outdoor Activities Only
No tours of the mansion are offered during the winter months. The grounds of the park are open for outdoor activities.
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.
Last updated: December 27, 2017