Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. Basic information for tourists visiting the Martin Van Buren Historic Site
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Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
In east-central New York, in Kinderhook
The 36-room mansion and retirement home of Martin Van Buren, the nations eighth president, is at this 40-acre site. Van Buren bought the Federal-style home in 1839. He hired architect Richard Upjohn to remodel the home and build an Italianate addition. The mansion has been restored to the Van Buren period. The site was authorized on October 26, 1974.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Touring home and grounds, watching video. Facilities: Visitor center, orientation video, home, grounds, wayside exhibits, nature trails. Bookstore. Programs & Events: Ranger-led tours of home. Interpretive talks, bike tours, hikes, living-history programs, crafts demonstrations. Tips & Hints: Plan to spend 1,5 hours touring home and grounds. House isn't air-conditioned and some activities are outdoors. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Sept. and Oct.
FOOD & LODGING
Hotels: None in park. In Hudson: St. Charles Hotel (16-18 Park Pi., tel. 518/822-9900; 34 rooms, 2 suites; $79-$109). In Valatie: Blue Spruce Inn & Suites (3093 U.S. 9, tel. 518/758-9711; 22 rooms, 4 suites; $75-$95). X Restaurants: None in park. In Hudson: Cascades (407 Warren St., tel. 518/822-9146; $7; no dinner, closed Sun.). In Kinderhook: La Bella Brick Oven Pizza & Cafe (6 Broad St., tel. 518/ 758-6611; $5-$7). In Valatie: Kinderhook Diner (Rte. 9H, tel. 518/ 758-1399; $3-$13).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $3 adults, free ages 16 and under. No strollers or video cameras. Still photography with no flash only. Visitor center open Memorial Day-Oct., daily 9-4:30; Nov.-early Dec, weekends 9^4:30. House open by guided tour only with signup at ranger station.
HOW TO GET THERE
Site is on Rte. 9H in Kinderhook. From 1-90 east, take Exit В1 to U.S. 9 south. Bear right on Rte. 9H to site 5 mi on right. From 1-90 west, take Exit 12 onto U.S. 9 south and follow directions above. From 1-87 south (New York State Thruway), take Exit 21 to Rte. 23 east. Cross Rip Van Winkle Bridge (toll), turn left on Rte. 9H north. Site is 15 mi north on left. Be careful not to confuse U.S. 9 and Rtes. 9J, 9G, and 9W, all of which are near site, with Rte. 9H, which is the location of the site.
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site (1013 Old Post Rd., Kinder-hook, NY 12106, tel. 518/758-9689, fax 518/758-6986). Columbia County Chamber of Commerce (507 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534, tel. 518/828-4417).
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. Basic information for tourists visiting the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site In east-central New York, in Kinderhook