Martin van Buren National Historic Site

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The Martin van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, New York preserves the home of the eighth president of the United States. Van Buren bought the property three years into his presidency and took up residence when he failed to earn reelection. You can learn about his years on the farm here. There is a visitor center on site where tickets can be obtained for a tour of Van Buren’s mansion. The tours are seasonal, see park web site for details.

New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos

There is no charge to walk the grounds which are open year round. The Wayside Loop Trail is a short ¾ mile loop with interpretative plaques along the route.

New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos
New photo by Wanderlust Family Adventure / Google Photos

There are two other trails that either pass through or are nearby to the park. The Martin Van Buren Nature Area and the Kinderhook Dutch Farming Heritage Trail.
This is the type of small NPS sites that will never get a lot of visitors but is both educational and relaxing. If you are nearby stop and spend a pleasant afternoon. If you live nearby by all means check out the activity of events all of these parks have during the summer and adopt this park as your own.