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Former U.S. Presidents: #08 Martin Van Buren Historical Markers

Marker (on far left) looking south on Main Street. image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, December 16, 2017
Marker (on far left) looking south on Main Street.
1Alabama (Barbour County), Louisville — The Opening of the Second Phase of the Second Creek War — Creek Heritage Trail —
The Second Creek War began in May of 1836 when a portion of area Creeks, angry at their treatment in the wake of the Treaty of Cusseta and in desperate circumstances, struck out against American settlements. A series of small battles occurred . . . Map (db m111618) HM
2Alabama (Colbert County), Tuscumbia — Sacred TearsBy Branko Medenica — September 19, 2003 —
Panel 1 Tuscumbia and much of the Shoals area played an integral part in the "Trail of Tears" with the Tennessee River route and the overland routes. In 1825, the U.S. Government formally adopted a removal policy, which was carried out . . . Map (db m83403) HM
3Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — John McKinley Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
John McKinley (1780~1852), native of Virginia, prominent attorney, member of Cypress Land Company, built a large three story mansion near this site in 1820's which later burned. McKinley served in Alabama Legislature, U.S. Senate (1826~31); was . . . Map (db m28926) HM
4Alabama (Lauderdale County), Florence — Justice John A. McKinleyCity of Florence Walk of Honor
First serving as a member of the U.S. Senate (1826-1830), John McKinley was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Van Buren, becoming the first justice from Alabama.Map (db m29265) HM
5Arkansas (Van Buren County), Clinton — E-3 — Van Buren CountyFirst Court House
The first court house in Van Buren County was erected at Bloomington, on Little River, about eight miles below the present town of Clinton the county seat remained at Bloomington until 1844, when it was moved to Clinton. The county was named for . . . Map (db m141601) HM
6District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown Washington — Decatur House
Decatur House Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of . . . Map (db m31101) HM
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7District of Columbia (Washington), Downtown Washington — Discover DC / McPherson Square
Welcome to downtown Washington, DC — an area rich in history, culture, and places to see. You will enjoy visiting the following sites located in the vicinity of this sign. St. John's Church Every US president since James Madison . . . Map (db m112204) HM
8District of Columbia (Washington), Georgetown — The ColonialErected 1820 · Restored 1953
Long a Georgetown landmark, this building was occupied from 1826 by Miss Lydia English's Georgetown Female Seminary, whose patrons and frequent visitors included Martin Van Buren, James Buchanan, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Andrew Johnson, . . . Map (db m97727) HM
9District of Columbia (Washington), Penn Quarter — Discover DC / Metro Center
Welcome to downtown Washington, DC — an area rich in history, culture, and places to see. You will enjoy visiting the following sites located in the vicinity of this sign. Clockwise from top left: St. John's Church Every . . . Map (db m113345) HM
10District of Columbia (Washington), Woodley Park — Woodley Estate
The neighborhood of Woodley Park owes its name to the Woodley estate of Philip Barto Key (1767-1815). Key, uncle of Francis Scott Key, who wrote “Star Spangled Banner”, was an officer on the British side during the Revolutionary War. . . . Map (db m87469) HM
11Georgia (Forsyth County), Cumming — 058-2 — Forsyth County
Forsyth County was created by Act of Dec. 3, 1832 from Cherokee County. It was named for Gov. John Forsyth (1780-1841), a native of Frederick Co., Va., a graduate of Princeton, and gifted Georgia lawyer. He was Attorney-General of Ga., Congressman, . . . Map (db m33575) HM
12Georgia (Habersham County), Demorest — 068-5 — Habersham Iron Works & Mfg. Co.<------<<<<
On the site of the Habersham Cotton Mills stood the Habersham Iron Works and Manufacturing Co., incorporated in late 1837 when this section of the state was Indian country. Jarvis Van Buren, a cousin of President Martin Van Buren and a pioneer . . . Map (db m15310) HM
13Georgia (Monroe County), Forsyth — 102-4 — Forsyth
Forsyth, County Seat of Monroe County, was incorporated by Act of Legislature in 1823. It is in almost the exact geographical center of the State. First commissioners were James S. Phillips, Henry H. Lumpkin, John E. Bailey, Anderson Baldwin and . . . Map (db m25945) HM
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14Illinois (Sangamon County), Springfield — The American HouseLooking for Lincoln — 1838 —
Social galas and political functions were common at the American House. Stephen A.Douglas sometimes used the hotel as headquarters for the Democrats. (Below Left) A newspaper published Springfield's newest hotel under the direction of J. . . . Map (db m48569) HM
15Kentucky (Fayette County), Lexington — Henry Clay1777 - 1852
Visitors familiar with Lexington's Ashland, the home of Henry Clay, know it as a graceful old house, with lovely gardens and grounds. In an earlier time, when Henry Clay built it to some 2,000 acres, Ashland was also the home of Thoroughbreds. Henry . . . Map (db m58346) HM
16Kentucky (Johnson County), Paintsville — 1125 — County Named, 1843
County named, 1843, for Richard M. Johnson, native of Kentucky, U.S. Vice-President, 1837 to 1841, U.S. Representative, 1807-19, 1829-37, U.S. Senator 1819-29, intimate of President Jackson. His tactics as Colonel of Kentucky Mounted Riflemen, War . . . Map (db m145756) HM
17Kentucky (Scott County), Georgetown — 739 — U.S. Vice President
Richard M. Johnson, 1780-1850, one of four Kentuckians - more than any state, except New York - who were U.S. Vice Presidents. Others were John C. Breckinridge, Adlai Ewing Stevenson and Alben W. Barkley. Johnson home 2 miles north. Colonel, War of . . . Map (db m88718) HM
18Louisiana (Lafourche Parish), Thibodaux — Felix Grundy Winder
Born in Terrebonne Parish, Felix Grundy Winder was a member of a family originally from Tennessee. His mother, Martha Grundy, was a daughter of Felix Grundy, the distinguished Tennessee friend and political advisor of Andrew Jackson and Attorney . . . Map (db m114170) HM
19Maine (Aroostook County), Fort Kent — The Aroostook War
The Aroostook War was an undeclared, bloodless “war” that occurred in 1839. The peace treaty that ended the American Revolution in 1783 had not satisfactorily determined the boundary between New Brunswick and what is now Maine. The . . . Map (db m102463) HM
20Michigan (Allegan County), Martin — Early History of MartinMartin was First Settled a Year Before Michigan Became a State
On the 8th day of January, 1836, Mumford Eldred along with his second wife, Jane, and five children, settled on 40 acres in section 29 of Martin Township. The land included a 30 acre clearing on which the northern edge lived a small band of . . . Map (db m74657) HM
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21Missouri (Boone County), Rocheport — History of Rocheport
1804... Land Before the Town Prior to its settlement, American Indians used the area we now call Rocheport. The closeness to the river, fertile soils, both salt and freshwater springs, and the protection given by the huge bluffs, rock . . . Map (db m46345) HM
22Missouri (Cass County), Harrisonville — Cass County
Midway on Missouri's western border, Cass County was organized in 1835 and named Van Buren. The Free-Soil Party affiliation of Martin Van Buren led to name change, in 1849 for Democrat Lewis Cass. In territory ceded by Osage tribes 1825, the county . . . Map (db m20267) HM
23New Jersey (Middlesex County), Woodbridge — Henry Inman
Inman Avenue, the main thoroughfare of Colonia, was named for the painter Henry Inman (1801-46), the leading American portraitist of his time. Born in Utica, New York, Inman excelled in portrait painting and created lasting works of President . . . Map (db m126630) HM
24New York (Albany County), Albany — Site of Martin Van Buren Residence
Martin Van Buren 1782 - 1862 resided at 92 State Street on this site while serving as 9th Governor of the State of New York 1828 - 1829 He is famed for his distinguished career as boy-lawyer, surrogate, judge, state senator, Attorney . . . Map (db m5439) HM
25New York (Columbia County), Claverack — First Court House
Erected 1788. Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, other prominent lawyers tried cases here. Martin Van Buren admitted to bar here. Court moved to Hudson in 1805.Map (db m150388) HM
26New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — “ . . . a Farmer in my native Town”Martin Van Buren Nat’l Hist Site — National Park Service —
The view before you is much like the one Martin Van Buren enjoyed during the last 21 years of his life. Although in the course of his political career Van Buren traveled widely and kept company with heads of state and the foremost political figures . . . Map (db m56675) HM
27New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — 1849-50     A House TransformedMartin Van Buren Nat’l Hist Site — National Park Service —
Architect Richard Upjohn’s renovations to Lindenwald in 1849-50 had a tremendous influence on the main house, originally built in 1797 by Judge Peter Van Ness. The red brick was painted yellow and brown and a four-and-a-half story Italianate tower . . . Map (db m37784) HM
28New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — A Bustling HouseholdMartin Van Buren Nat’l Hist Site — National Park Service —
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 . . . Map (db m37828) HM
29New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — An Agrarian Lifestyle…Martin Van Buren Nat’l Hist Site — National Park Service —
In 1850, from where you now stand, you would have been able to view Van Buren’s house garden, farm office, fish ponds, green house, red hillside barn, hot house and carriage barn. The farm manager’s house (now altered) may still be seen. Van Buren . . . Map (db m37833) HM
30New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Birthsite
Martin Van Buren, eighth President of the United States, was born at this site December 5, 1782.Map (db m37472) HM
31New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Farm OperationsMartin Van Buren Nat’l Hist Site — National Park Service —
As with most farms, the operations at Lindenwald varied with the seasons and the years and the constant effort to better the farm. The poles to your left are used to cultivate hops using the techniques of the nineteenth century. Over his years of . . . Map (db m37852) HM
32New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Farmhands and FishingMartin Van Buren Nat’l Hist Site — National Park Service —
Over the years, Martin Van Buren enlarged his farm from 137 acres to 221 acres through three transactions. Throughout his ownership he relied on employees to perform the labor necessary to make Lindenwald’s acreage productive. In September of 1843 . . . Map (db m37835) HM
33New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Fertile Political GroundMartin Van Buren Nat’l Hist Site — National Park Service —
Van Buren’s 1839 purchase of the fine eighteenth-century house and farm he renamed “Lindenwald” represented his drastic rise from tavern-keeper’s son to prominent gentleman. While the fields and orchards of Lindenwald proved to be bountiful, Van . . . Map (db m37810) HM
34New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Gravesite
Martin Van Buren 1782 – 1862 Governor of New York Eighth President of the United StatesMap (db m37474) HM
35New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Lawrence Van Buren Housec. 1812
Brother of Pres. Martin Van BurenMap (db m118566) HM
36New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Lindenwald
Martin Van Buren, eighth President of the United States lived here from 1841 to 1862.Map (db m37490) HM
37New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Lindenwald and the Old Post RoadMartin Van Buren Nat’l Hist Site — National Park Service —
You are standing along one of the few remaining unpaved stretches of the Old Post Road. In 1839 when Martin Van Buren bought this property, the Old Post Road was the main route on the east side of the Hudson River between Manhattan and Albany, the . . . Map (db m37746) HM
38New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Marble Mounting Block
Martin Van Buren enjoyed his life at Lindenwald immensely, especially horseback riding. Located to your right is a replica of the marble mounting block President Van Buren used to get on and off his favorite Thoroughbred, Duroc. Van Buren would . . . Map (db m56676) HM
39New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Martin Van Buren1782 – 1862
Eighth President of the United States Born, Raised and Buried in the Village of Kinderhook Gift of:   Friends of Lindenwald Sculptor:   Edward Hlavka Dedicated July 14, 2007Map (db m37982) HM
40New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Soil Improvers
"The Whigs would hardly believe that a much larger portion of my time is taken up with devising ways & means to multiply the quantity & improve the quality of manure than in forming political plans or any such Matter." Martin Van Buren, . . . Map (db m118568) HM
41New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Uncovering the PastMartin Van Buren Nat’l Hist Site — National Park Service —
In addition to the written record, archaeological evidence contributes valuable information to our understanding of President Van Buren’s farm. This archaeological test pit shows the position and types of objects used by former inhabitants of the . . . Map (db m37853) HM
42New York (Columbia County), Kinderhook — Welcome to LindenwaldMartin Van Buren Nat’l Hist Site — National Park Service —
Welcome to Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. “Lindenwald” was the home and farm of the nation’s eighth president. Martin Van Buren’s life bridged the 80 years between the American War for Independence and the U.S. Civil War, the . . . Map (db m37743) HM
43New York (Columbia County), Valatie — Hoes HouseC. 1760
Early Dutch settlers ancestral home of Marie Hoes mother of Martin Van BurenMap (db m56641) HM
44New York (Columbia County), Valatie — John Vanderpoel Home   c.1825
Dr. John, 1796 – 1851 First Valatie Postmaster   1832 Friend, ally and physician of President Van BurenMap (db m37854) HM
45New York (Columbia County), Valatie — U.S. Hotel
Built c. 1871 on the site of earlier inns dating back to the 18th century. Also believed the site young Martin Van Buren tried his first court case.Map (db m37862) HM
46New York (Greene County), Catskill — Martin Van Buren
8th President of the U.S. was married in this house to Hannah Hoes in 1807. House built in 1797Map (db m127871) HM
47New York (Niagara County), Lockport — 11 — Old Locks West
“The site of the locks at Lockport, from the time of the original canal to the present had never changed. The early engineers found the logical location for locks in this vicinity and the same place has been used ever since. The romance of . . . Map (db m76892) HM
48New York (Niagara County), Lockport — Residence of Washington Hunt
First judge of Niagara County. 1836 State Comptroller. Congressman, Governor, Pres. Van Buren was guest here.Map (db m193386) HM
49New York (Ulster County), Kingston — Van Leuven Mansion
Fred J. Johnston American Antiques Museum The house was built circa 1812 by NY State Senator John Sudam, who hosted Washington Irving and Martin Van Buren as guests. The Van Leuven family purchased the house circa 1880 and it then became known as . . . Map (db m57500) HM
50North Carolina (Beaufort County), Washington — B-36 — C. C. Cambreleng
Congressman from New York, 1821-39; House leader for Jackson & Van Buren; minister to Russia; merchant. Was born in this town, 1786.Map (db m65820) HM
51Ohio (Hamilton County), North Bend — 47-31 — Benjamin Harrison / William Henry Harrison
Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) was born here on a farm established by his grandfather, William Henry Harrison. A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Harrison read law in Cincinnati and then moved to Indianapolis to practice. He became active . . . Map (db m82635) HM
52Ohio (Hamilton County), North Bend — The Political Desert / Tippecanoe and Tyler Too!William Henry Harrison Memorial Trail
The Political Desert Recalling the years after he resigned as general, William Henry Harrison confided that he was, "in bad health, in bad spirit and feeling more like a misanthrope than ever in my life before." Though . . . Map (db m167291) HM
53Ohio (Hancock County), Van Buren — 7-32 — The Village of Van Buren
Side A: The Village of Van Buren was laid out December 28, 1833, by John Trout and George Ensminger on the boundary of Portage and Cass Townships. It was comprised of 53 lots surrounding a public square, and was named in honor of Martin Van . . . Map (db m29187) HM
54Ohio (Medina County), Seville — 1-52 — "The Giants of Seville"
(Front Side) Seville's most famous residents, Captain Martin Van Buren Bates (1845-1919) and Anna Swan Bates (1848-1889) settled here in 1873. Their notoriety stemmed from their dramatic stature: Martin, a former Confederate soldier from . . . Map (db m61959) HM
55Ohio (Shelby County), Anna — RumleyAn African American Settlement in Rural Shelby County, Ohio
Rumley was a colored community, platted in 1837 by Joel and Wesley Goins, who purchased 400 acres of land. They were freemen from Baltimore, Maryland. The deed to the land was granted and signed by President Van Buren. Over 500 Negroes lived in this . . . Map (db m77675) HM
56Pennsylvania (Philadelphia County), Philadelphia — Glen Foerd on the DelawareCity of Philadelphia, Neighborhood of Torresdale — The King's Highway Foundation —
This historic mansion and estate was built as a summer home circa 1850 in the Italianate style by Charles Macalester, Jr., a prosperous businessman and banker. He held close personal relations with Presidents Jackson, Van Buren, Polk, Pierce, . . . Map (db m194951) HM
57Tennessee (Bradley County), Charleston — A New Home
It affords me sincere pleasure to apprise the Congress of the entire removal of the Cherokee Nation of Indians to their new homes west of the Mississippi. The measures authorized by Congress at its last session, with a view to the . . . Map (db m177976) HM
58Tennessee (Coffee County), Pelham — 2 E 3 — Coffee County / Grundy County
Coffee County Established 1836; named in honor of Major General John Coffee soldier, surveyor, and close friend of Andrew Jackson. Tennessee troops under his command took a decisive part in the New Orleans Campaign, December 23, 1814 to . . . Map (db m150467) HM
59Tennessee (Greene County), Greeneville — 1C 76 — Dickson - Williams Mansion
Designed and constructed (1815-21) by Irish craftsmen Thomas Battersby and John Hoy, this house was built by Greeneville's first postmaster, William Dickson, for his daughter, Catharine (Mrs.Alexander Williams). Marquis de LaFayette, Presidents . . . Map (db m81610) HM
60Tennessee (Grundy County), Monteagle — 2 E 4 — Grundy County / Marion County
Grundy County Established 1844; named in honor of Felix Grundy of Virginia. Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court; Rep. in Congress from Tenn. 1811-1814; U.S. Senator 1829-38. Attorney Gen. in President Van Buren's Cabinet. At the time . . . Map (db m150469) HM
61Tennessee (Grundy County), Pelham — 2E3 — Grundy County
Established 1844: named in honor of Felix Grundy of Virginia. Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court; Rep. in Congress from Tenn. 1811-1814. US Senator 1829-38. Attorney Gen. in President Van Buren's Cabinet. At the time of his death in 1840, . . . Map (db m26596) HM
62Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "Your Fate is Decided"
Both the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Treaty of New Echota aimed to accomplish removal through voluntary emigration. Such efforts largely failed and by 1838 only about 2,000 Cherokee affected by the treaty had moved west. For those remaining, . . . Map (db m39493) HM
63Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — "Your Fate is Decided"
Both the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Treaty of New Echota aimed to accomplish removal through voluntary emigration. Such efforts largely failed and by 1838 only about 2,000 Cherokee affected by the treaty had moved west. For those remaining, . . . Map (db m39529) HM
64Tennessee (Meigs County), Birchwood — General Winfield Scott
General Winfield Scott followed John Wool (1836-1837) and William Lindsay (1837-1838) as commander of Federal troops in the Cherokee nation. Scott arrived at New Echota, Cherokee Nation on April 16, 1838 and assumed command of the "Army of the . . . Map (db m39454) HM
65Vermont (Chittenden County), Burlington — Site of the American House1808 - 1893
Site of the American House 1808-1893 Presidents Monroe, Van Buren, Pierce, Grant Generals Scott, Wool, Hampton Henry Clay, and other famous famous people entertained here.Map (db m21813) HM
66Virginia, Portsmouth — Q-8-M — Crawford House
Erected 1835 by J.W. Collins, Portsmouth’s first five-story building and for many years a leading hotel. Presidents Van Buren, Tyler, and Fillmore were entertained here.Map (db m20461) HM
67Virginia (Rockingham County), Bridgewater — Famous Travelers Along the Turnpike
In its 82 year history, the Warm Springs Turnpike was used by many noted travelers. Daniel Boone, when an old man, used the road when he visited the sons of his boyhood friend Henry Miller at Mossy Creek Ironworks to the south of Bridgewater. He . . . Map (db m16485) HM
68West Virginia (Greenbrier County), White Sulphur Springs — President's Cottage
Built in 1834-1835 by Stephen Henderson First Summer White House Occupied by Martin Van Buren John Tyler Millard Fillmore Franklin Pierce James BuchananMap (db m85210) HM
69West Virginia (Monroe County), Union — Salt Sulphur
Opened as a resort in 1820. Main building erected about 1823. Martin Van Buren, Clay, and Calhoun among prominent guests. General Jenkins and other Confederate leaders made headquarters here during several campaign.Map (db m59259) HM
70Wisconsin (Waukesha County), Muskego — "Do I Smell Pizza-Burgers?"
This property was originally platted to Anson Taylor by President Martin Van Buren in 1840, then subsequently sold to William Pratt in 1854, this being platted as part of Plattsburg in 1856. In 1866 this property was sold to John Schuet who . . . Map (db m102114) HM
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