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A video celebrating and explaining the remarkable reproduction table adorning the dining hall in Van Buren's home, Lindenwald, in Kinderhook, NY.

Jeff Finch applies finishing toushes to call bells.
National Park Service craftsman Jeff Finch puts the finishing touches on  servants' call bells inside Martin Van Buren's mansion, Lindenwald.

NPS by Michael Fredericks

Call Bell Restoration

The working lives of the domestic servants at Lindenwald were busy, to say the least. They worked at least ten hours a day, usually more, and rarely had an entire day to spend off the property. When they were in the home, the domestics were literally on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as attested to by an elaborate system of call bells throughout Lindenwald. To see how the call bell system was recreated in the home we have a 15 minute video of the restoration.

Last updated: October 27, 2017

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