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Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

1013 Old Post Rd, Kinderhook, NY 12106-3605
+1 518-758-9689
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Hidden Gem in Kinderhook

Location is off the beaten path. House is in great shape and the staff was knowledgeable and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
ctguy2016
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Danbury, Connecticut
History geeks

we enjoyed the visit. Our guide, Dawn, brought Van Buren to life. Conveniently located and there... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Cathy H
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New York, New York, United States
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“park ranger” (13 reviews)
“house tour” (12 reviews)
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1013 Old Post Rd, Kinderhook, NY 12106-3605
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+1 518-758-9689
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Location is off the beaten path. House is in great shape and the staff was knowledgeable and helpful. Van Buren had a fascinating life that you learn about even though he was one of the Who? presidents. Worth the trip and the price was excellent.

Thank ctguy2016
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Reviewed 6 days ago

we enjoyed the visit. Our guide, Dawn, brought Van Buren to life. Conveniently located and there is no charge for the tour.

Thank Cathy H
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Reviewed 6 days ago

we had the house and docent to ourselves, and had a great time. she was very knowledgeable about Van Buren, and we had some good discussions. it's a nice large house, and i was fascinated by the stunning carpets in the rooms. very colorful with...More

Thank let r
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We arrived too late in the day to take a tour of the home, but we walked the grounds and saw the house from the outside. There are multiple historic markers outside that give information about the history. Having toured other historic sites that day...More

Thank Tribe93
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was interesting to see how presidents played out their lives before, during and after their presidencies. The home and grounds are beautiful. The park service does a great job in preserving history here.

Thank Joe K
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all this National Historic site is FREE to tour. You cannot beat that. The property is beautiful, the mansion is lovely. The park rangers who were in the gift shop were so nice and friendly. However, being a history loving family we were...More

1  Thank Tamba5
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Not one of the best mansions to visit. Admission, unlike many other sites administered by the Park Service, was free. The ranger gave us a nice informative tour. The mansion itself is OK, but not as elaborate as the FDR home. About an hour north...More

2  Thank Ricmar60
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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Martin van Buren was much more interesting than history textbooks would have you believe, and he had a home to match. The tour was so interesting that one hour was hardly enough.

1  Thank MottTheHoop
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Reviewed 15 June 2018

Took a tour of home of our 8th president, Martin Van Buren. You are given an informative historical interesting guided tour of his beautiful home in Kinderhook. The National Park Service does the tour and we were lucky to have a private tour!

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

A visit here consists of watching a short movie at the ranger station and then a 1 hour tour of the house Van Buren lived in after he finished his presidential term. Those are the choices - 1 We did not have time for an...More

1  Thank jfadds
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Anthony K
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Response from Karl F | Reviewed this property |
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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