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“Truly "OK"”

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Kinderhook
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 25, 2013

It is widely considered that Marin Van Buren coined the phrase "OK". Really great site and his tomb is nearby at a small cemetery. Wonderful historic sight and very picturesque town.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Were not sure if we would have time to visit Martin Van Buren's home on this trip, but did! Rangers were great, in visitor center and house. They were so informative! It was a great tour and learned so many things that I did not know about President Van Buren!

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

My husband and I are history buffs and feel that President Van Buren is part of that cluster of forgettable presidents from the pre-Civil War era. Our National Parks Service tour guide/ranger changed our minds about that with a wonderfully informative presentation about Van Buren and his impact on American politics & history. The house was lovely and well preserved but the tour was memorable and made us glad we decided to visit the site.

1  Thank HoldenKathy
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We visited this presidential home the last week in October, ( The home closes for tours at the end of October.) We were the last tour of the day( 4:00PM ) and were rushed through the home. The grounds are underdeveloped. They could do so much with this home but they are probably on a very limited budget to do so. There is a very small gift shop to visit after your tour. We have a hobby of visiting Presidential homes so it was nice to visit this home.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Once you are off the beaten path of the usual Presidential homes, such as Mt. Vernon, Monticello, etc., there are a few other well-preserved and interesting homes out there that are worthy of a look for either those visiting the area or history buffs. Van Buren's interesting eclectic home is one of those. The house is very well researched and well-kept; it is nice that the entire house is available to view, not just one portion of it, like so many other historic homes. Tour included first floor, basement, and second floor, and since the home was from an era of transition in our country, there are lots of little innovations which the park ranger guide pointed out. The house is the real standout here, as the grounds are basically undeveloped, and the office/ gift shop is small. This site is open only seasonally, so check with them before planning a tour.

1  Thank Vicki C
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