Kinderhook in Columbia County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Martin Van Buren Nat’l Hist Site
—National Park Service —
Hops are fascinating. This perennial plant may remain productive for twenty years and they can grow as much as two feet in one week. Female plants produce the green flowers used in brewing. The plant dies back every year and reappears the following spring. These plants survive from Van Buren’s experiment.
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A building known as the farm office was located just to your right. The farm office was an eleven foot square, one story building with doors on three sides. The office was constructed sometime after 1797 by
The office may have been used by Lindenwals’d farm foreman. Farm operations at Lindenwald were usually overseen by a hired manager. Van Buren’s first farm foreman was John R. Harder who in 1839 directed improvements to the fields, gardens and orchards. The President also hired farm hands, as needed, while personally acting as manager for several years. His last foreman, Isaac Collins, lived with his family in the white cottage visible across the fields to your right.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 42° 22.177′ N, 73° 42.286′ W. Marker is in Kinderhook, New York, in Columbia County. Marker is on Old Post Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch 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. An Agrarian Lifestyle . . . (within shouting distance of this marker); Fallen White Mulberry Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Marble Mounting Block A Bustling Household (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1849-50 A House Transformed (about 300 feet away); Fertile Political Ground (about 300 feet away); Lindenwald (about 500 feet away); Soil Improvers (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kinderhook.
More about this marker. A photo of hops, a crop that grew at Lindenwald, appears on the left side of the marker. A photo of the old farm office is on the right side of the marker, above the sidebar.
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Martin Van Buren. (Submitted on November 12, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. National Park Service website. (Submitted on November 12, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Martin Van Buren National Historic Site Wayside Loop Trail. (Submitted on June 10, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 505 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 12, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.