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Martin Van Buren, the forgotten 8th POTUS

Not knowing much of anything about the 8th President of the US prompted this visit. You start out... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Karen P
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Belmont, United States
Historical and well done by the NPS

While many of our latter day presidents have more like libraries, etc. the tours you can take with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
bsmpm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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The estate and home of Martin Van Buren, the eight president of the United States, is spread over 38.5 scenic acres, many of which retain a high degree of integrity to the period of the former president's residence.
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1013 Old Post Rd, Kinderhook, NY 12106-3605
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Not knowing much of anything about the 8th President of the US prompted this visit. You start out in the visitor's house with a short informative video. Then you walk over through the woods to the main house where a park ranger provides an one...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Karen P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While many of our latter day presidents have more like libraries, etc. the tours you can take with the NPS folks or self guided offer a great opportunity to look back at that time and what people were dealing with. Take your time, bring water...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in late afternoon while on vacation up the Hudson River Valley. We often include a president's home visit while on vacation. It is a great way to get historical perspective on the president, the times they lived in, and makes it more personal. The...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked the grounds and there are information plagues at different spots along the 1 mile walk. They offer insight into van Buren, his interests, his family and his farm. It was such a nice peaceful walk around a quaint old home.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Mary J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our very well-spoken and amazingly knowledgeable guide (Andrew?) led us through an interesting tour of the home and grounds of this historic site. Be sure to walk all the way around the exterior of the house as there are unique architectural features on all sides.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank LJL1974
Reviewed June 4, 2019

Our guide, Brett, was unmatched for his command and presentation of facts connected with Van Buren, his family life, and his personality. The site itself is beautifully maintained, filled with glimpses of how people lived and entertained back in the day. Altogether a satisfying experience....More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

It is hard to imagine how Van Buren could have chosen a more remote but beautify spot for his retreat. Follow the Taconic Highway north from Poughkeepsie through carefully planted forests to the home and be introduced to the life of this president who served...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Randy L
Reviewed November 29, 2018

Not knowing much about our eighth President of the United States, it seemed advantageous to visit his home called Lindenwald, and fill in the blanks on this historical personage. Located along New York’s Route 9H on Old Post Road in the village of Kinderhook, the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Lita-Luise C
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

We stumbled on to Martin Van Buren’s historic home by accident and were glad we did. After a short video of background at the visitors center, we took the guided tour with a knowledgeable ranger and got an informative peak into the past.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kingbyriverk
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Even though it was a chilly day I had a great time. There was an unusual high turnout with a dozen people along with me on the tour of the house. The tour guide was outstanding and very informative not just on the house but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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apatriot73
February 19, 2019|
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Response from KDAA | Reviewed this property |
You cannot view the home's interior without being on a tour with a park ranger (but there is no cost for the tour!)
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Anthony K
June 20, 2016|
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It takes about 1 hour to tour the house. We visited on a rainy day, so we did walk around the grounds but I would say they are nothing special to see.
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