Martin Van Buren - New York (2 photos) / by Dave Hileman

Home of our eighth president is in Kinderhook, NY and it is well preserved, a nearly forgotten piece of history. He was the first president born under the American flag and his home, Lindenwald, is a picture of life in 1840’s and 50’s in the rural north. Located on the Post Road from Albany to NYC, the home was always full of guests and usually from the world of politics. Van Buren dealt with critical issues with Spain, Great Britton, the Republic of Texas, a severe recession and tried to limit the expansion of slavery. The ranger presented a fascinating picture of an obscure president in an overlooked time of our history. Excellent day spent here and in the small town of Kinderhook. This was a first time park for us.

 His son added the back and tower shortly after a visit to Europe. MVB lived here years after this was added to the house.

His son added the back and tower shortly after a visit to Europe. MVB lived here years after this was added to the house.

 inside view of the five story stairwell with very low ceilings as you climb upward.

inside view of the five story stairwell with very low ceilings as you climb upward.