"2011 Harvest Day at Lindenwald taken September 17 2011" by NPS Photo , public domain
Martin Van Buren
National Historic Site - New York
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is located in Columbia County, New York, 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the village of Kinderhook, 125 miles (201 km) north of New York City and 20 miles (32 km) south of Albany. The National Historic Site preserves the Lindenwald estate and thirty-six room mansion of Martin Van Buren, the eighth President of the United States. Van Buren purchased the estate during his presidency in 1839, and it became his home and farm from his retirement in 1841 until his death in 1862.
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https://www.nps.gov/mava/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Van_Buren_National_Historic_Site Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is located in Columbia County, New York, 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the village of Kinderhook, 125 miles (201 km) north of New York City and 20 miles (32 km) south of Albany. The National Historic Site preserves the Lindenwald estate and thirty-six room mansion of Martin Van Buren, the eighth President of the United States. Van Buren purchased the estate during his presidency in 1839, and it became his home and farm from his retirement in 1841 until his death in 1862. Today, Martin Van Buren is an obscure man, often little more than a footnote. In pre-Civil War America, however, it was impossible not to have an opinion of him. Van Buren was central to the creation of America's political parties, and to the largest crisis of his time, slavery. The above quote is from Davy Crockett, one of many Americans trying to understand the Red Fox of Kinderhook. The park entrance road is located off of route 9H about two miles south of Kinderhook Village. GPS Coordinates: 42° 22' 52'' N -73° 42' 13'' W Visitor Center The Visitor Center will open for the 2023 season on May 26, 2023. The visitor center tent is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm seven-days-a-week during the summer season which runs from May 26 through November 4, 2023. Please go to the tent first to learn about programs and to sign up for tours of the Lindenwald mansion. The park's visitor center tent is located across Old Post Road from the visitor parking lot. The park entrance road is located on route 9H two miles south of the Kinderhook Village. Sunset over the farm fields of Lindewald Sunset over the farm fields of Lindewald A stunning sunset over the the fields of Lindenwald with the Catskill Mountains rising in the distance. President Van Buren's Home President Van Buren's Home Van Buren called his home and farm Lindenwald. He lived here after his term as president from 1841 to 1862. He ran two presidential campaign from Lindenwald in 1844 and 1848.He ran presidential vam Paycheck from Martin Van Buren to Irish Servant Catherine Kelly Paycheck from Martin Van Buren to Irish Servant Catherine Kelly Many of the domestic workers at Lindenwald were Irsh. They are emblamatic of the great waves of immigrants which beagn arriving in the United states during the ante bellum period. Martin Van Buren by Hiram Powers Martin Van Buren by Hiram Powers This bust of van Buren which is in the library of Lindenwald was sculpted by Hiram Powers. Another version of the bust may be found in the Red Room of the White House. Lindenwald's Main Hall Lindenwald's Main Hall The main hall and dining table at Lindenwald were used by President Van Buren to not only entertain, but to use his skills to bend political issues his way through the ante bellum period. Designing the Parks: Learning in Action The Designing the Parks program is not your typical internship. Each year since 2013, this program at the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation has introduced a cohort of college students and recent graduates to NPS design and planning professions through projects related to cultural landscape stewardship. In the internships, made possible by partner organizations, participants focus on an in-depth project that directly engages with a national park unit. A group of young people stand on forest trail and listen to two maintenance employees The Poinsettias of Martin Van Buren History practitioners at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site partnered with members of the local Latino community to tell the story of President Buren with an iconic flower. Two children look at a collage of poinsettia flowers Farming and the Forever Business: Agricultural Landscape Management at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site Managing the cultural landscape at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site is “just a little different.” Of the almost three hundred acres that make up the site, less than twenty percent is owned by the National Park Service. The park works with its partner, Roxbury Farm CSA, to ensure the long tradition of sustainable agriculture continues for generations to come. The Employees of Lindenwald: Archeology of the Martin Van Buren Household Lindenwald was the home of Martin Van Buren, the eight president of the United States, and his family. However, many other individuals lived there as well, including African-Americans and German and Irish immigrants. Archeology is one way to uncover their many stories. Lindenwald today Martin Van Buren National Historic Site Landscape Martin Van Buren saw progressive agriculture techniques, like improving soil fertility, adopting new varieties of crops and breeds of livestock, and using crop rotation, as a way to increase profitability and sustain future generations of farmers using free labor. He believed that this was critical to the future of American democracy. Today, Agricultural Management Guidelines help partners practice sustainable agriculture while maintaining historic landscape character. A dense row of leafy green produce grows in a long row, surrounded by an dirt field National Park Service Commemoration of the 19th Amendment In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment the National Park Service has developed a number of special programs. This includes online content, exhibits, and special events. The National Park Service’s Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS) announces the release of a story map that highlights some of these programs and provides information for the public to locate and participate. Opening slide of the 19th Amendment NPS Commemoration Story Map Top Things to Know Top 10 ways to plan your visit to Martin Van Buren National Historic Site Large Yellow House in fall surrounded by fallen leaves Black Locust Allée at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site Today, visitors to Lindenwald, the agricultural home of eighth president Martin Van Buren, are greeted by a striking allée made up of black locust trees spaced along a curved entrance drive. While these particular trees were planted in 2002, they represent the historic character of the allée that would have greeted guests to Lindenwald in the 1800s. Black locusts are nitrogen-fixing plants, fitting with Van Buren's commitment to progressive farming and improving soil health. Leafy black locust trees are evenly spaced on both sides of a curving, unpaved entrance drive. How is Climate Changing at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site? At Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, natural and cultural resources, including agriculture, are deeply intertwined. The park preserves and interprets the rural estate of the eighth President of the United States. Martin Van Buren and his family lived there from 1841 to 1862, and the historic site includes Van Buren’s mansion and a working farm. What can the park do to understand and plan for the effects of climate change on this historic home and farm? Illustration of MAVA agricultural grounds from the air.