“...All in all, he’s a riddle must puzzle the devil.”

Today, Martin Van Buren is an obscure man, often little more than a footnote. In pre-Civil War America, however, it was impossible not to have an opinion of him. Van Buren was central to the issues of his day: the creation of political parties, and the largest crisis of his time, slavery. The above quote is from Davy Crockett, one of many Americans trying to understand the Red Fox of Kinderhook.

Photo of Lindenwald, Van Buren's Home

Hours of Operation

Check our current building hours and learn more about exploring the park in any season!

A portrait of a woman in a fine dress with a bust of Martin Van Buren in the background

Stories from the Past

Explore different stories, organized topically, to learn more about the world in which Martin Van Buren lived.

Martin Van Buren's family tree

Learn From Home

Explore at-home educational activities for family members of all ages!

Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour

Unable to travel to Kinderhook? No problem! Check out the virtual tour of the President's beloved home.

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Art Program for Veterans

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is pleased to invite veterans to participate in our Arts in the Park program.

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Outdoor Activities

Explore the grounds and learn about history at your own pace!

Last updated: November 12, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Martin Van Buren NHS
1013 Old Post Road

Kinderhook, NY 12106-3605

Phone:

(518) 758-9689 x2040

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