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Kinderhook in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Bustling Household

Martin Van Buren Natíl Hist Site

 

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A Bustling Household Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
1. A Bustling Household Marker
Inscription. Lindenwald seems quiet today, but when Martin Van Buren lived here there was a stream of family, friends and political colleagues constantly coming and going. There was also an ever-changing mix of agricultural and domestic employees. Some workers were native born, many were immigrants, most were white, some were black. Years of use by the domestic help left indelible wear patterns on the tower stairs just as surely as the different members of the household left impressions on one another.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 42° 22.205′ N, 73° 42.236′ W. Marker is in Kinderhook, New York, in Columbia County. Marker is on Old Post Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Kinderhook NY 12106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marble Mounting Block (a few steps from this marker); Fertile Political Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Fallen White Mulberry Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); 1849-50 † † A House Transformed (within
Marker at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
2. Marker at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
shouting distance of this marker); Farm Operations (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); An Agrarian Lifestyle . . . (about 300 feet away); Lindenwald and the Old Post Road (about 400 feet away); Lindenwald (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Kinderhook.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a photo looking up at the tower inside of Lindenwald. Also present on the marker are three photographs. One depicts Van Burenís grandchildren and has a caption of “Martin Van Buren delighted in his grandchildren, who spent many summers running through the house and romping over the fields of Lindenwald. Seen here are Martin IV and Eliza, the son and daughter of Smith and Henrietta.” A picture of one of the bedrooms has a caption of “Summers announced the arrival of the Van Buren sons for extended visits. Abraham, John, and Smith, with their wives and children joined Martin Junior, who never married and lived with the President. This is the room of oldest son Abraham and his wife Angelica. The 36-room mansion had plenty of space for the extended family.” The third photo
Lindenwald image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
3. Lindenwald
shows a “re-creation of a servantís room inside Lindenwald. The 1860 census lists six young women as servants, all born in Ireland. In addition, Rose Dalton, a native New Yorker, was a governess. She attended Smith and Henrietta Van Burenís family of six children living here at the time.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Martin Van Buren. (Submitted on November 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. National Park Service website. (Submitted on November 11, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Van Buren Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2010
4. Van Buren Mansion
The tower, the interior of which appears on the marker, can be seen in this photo.
The Main Hall in Lindenwald image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 21, 2012
5. The Main Hall in Lindenwald
Lindenwald's Formal Parlor image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 21, 2012
6. Lindenwald's Formal Parlor
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 458 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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