the home of Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren bought this
house and 137 acres of land two miles south of
Kinderhook, New York, in 1839, while serving as
President of the United States. He moved into the
house after losing his bid for re-election and
immediately began making improvements to the
estate and acquiring more property until, after
six years, he owned almost 225 acres. It was from
the house that Van Buren ran both of his
unsuccessful bids for another term as President
(in 1844 and 1848). After the second attempt Van
Buren settled into the life of a gentleman farmer
known for cultivating new varities of vegetables.
He began making improvements to the house after
his son Smith moved in with his family in 1849.
Named for the linden trees that
once lined the Albany-to-New York Post Road,
Lindenwald remained Van Buren's home until his
death on July 24, 1862. It was subsequently
bought and sold several times until being
acquired by the National Park Service.
Established on October 26, 1974, the Martin Van
Buren National Historic Site preserves the house
as it looked during Van Buren's residency and 22
acres of the original estate, including part of
the original PostRoad and its linden trees. Its
official website is https://www.nps.gov/mava/index.htm.
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