History buffs won't want to miss the chance to step inside Lindenwald, the home of the 8th President of the United States. The sprawling estate of Martin Van Buren covers over 38.5 scenic acres in Read more...
History buffs won't want to miss the chance to step inside Lindenwald, the home of the 8th President of the United States. The sprawling estate of Martin Van Buren covers over 38.5 scenic acres in the Hudson River Valley.
Van Buren purchased the property in 1839, during his presidency. Lindenwald was his primary residence from 1841 to his death in 1862. He lived the life of a gentleman farmer while continuing his political activities. In fact, Van Buren launched two unsuccessful bids to regain the Presidency while living here.
View the short doc in the Visitor Center for a bit of historical background on the man. Then follow one of the guides through the lovingly restored home that retains the look and feel of Van Buren's era. The mansion tour takes about an hour and is well worth the time for the rich historical perspective. Lindenwald was a hub of activity for the politician, his family, staff, and colleagues.
Explore the beautiful grounds with a hike along the Wayside Trail, a three-quarter-mile loop. Eleven interpretive markers provide additional information about daily life on his farm. Up for more historical sights and scenic walking? Pick up the Dutch Farming Heritage Trail in the parking lot of Lindenwald. This multiple-use trail links three nearby communities and connects two National Historic Landmarks. Hikers stroll among rolling hills en route to the Van Alen House property.
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