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Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

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House after Presidency

Well done guide by National Park service who I have always found that they give the best and are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Link518
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Colonie, New York
Nice presidential house and surrounding areas

The tour was a bit hard on my 5 and 8 years old, but it was doable with the kids interested. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
viganiko
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Bayville, New York
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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.
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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 1 week ago

Well done guide by National Park service who I have always found that they give the best and are the most well informed tours. Although the house rooms are not grand there are many interesting artifacts that the guide explains including the original wallpaper scene...More

Thank Link518
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was a bit hard on my 5 and 8 years old, but it was doable with the kids interested. The visit is free, they have a parking lot, a small visitor center, walking trails and the house by tours. There is free Junior...More

Thank viganiko
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If your presidential amateur historian like I am this house is a must! It's free, the guides will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about Martin Van Buren and the house is so well preserved and full of history. Please be warned...More

Thank USHistoryTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Van Buren's legacy is about compromise in American presidential history, not something that I remembered much before this visit. The tour of the house was very informative and it very good, historically accurate condition. My favorite part is the staircase, so do make sure to...More

Thank schmayla98
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a treat to visit a National Park that doesn’t have a fee. We arrived about 1/2 hour before the tour to sign up and had time to view the short video about our 8th president before entering the mansion. Also had a chance to...More

Thank UpstateNY585
Reviewed 31 August 2018

The grounds are beautiful to walk, but the house is worth it. Sign up at the welcome station to take the tour, which is free, and be sure to watch the introductory movie if you have time before the tour. Our guide, Brett, knew so...More

Thank DZ07
Reviewed 29 August 2018

We learned alot from our very knowledgable Park Ranger Andrew. The site is well maintained and has an interesting story.

Thank Excursion251815
Reviewed 29 August 2018

This home is so beautiful and has so many original features including wallpaper and rugs. We saw a LOT of rooms and the architecture throughout the house was very unique and gorgeous. If you are lucky you will get Brett for a tour guide, he...More

Thank mercPleasantValley
Reviewed 20 August 2018

My wife and I like history and while out for another trip we had time to stop by Kinderhook to see this (and add it to the list of presidential sites we have seen). Our first surprise - no charge for admission! You have to...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2018

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.

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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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