Time for a Little Sightseeing

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In the Kinderhook area


Columbia County Museum

5 Albany Avenue
Kinderhook, NY 12106
Tel: (518) 758-9265
Open: Monday through Friday 10 to 4 (May through November)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 to 4 (Dec thru April)
Admission Free. Run by the Columbia County Historical Society.
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Columbia County Museum

Luykas Van Alen House (1737)

Route 9H in the Town of Kinderhook, NY 12106
Tel: (518) 758-9265
Open: Thursday through Saturday 11 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5
(Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend)
Admission fee: . Run by the Columbia County Historical Society.
map location 10
Van Alen House

Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse

Route 9H in the Town of Kinderhook, NY 12106
Tel: (518) 758-9265
Open: Thursday through Saturday 11 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5
(Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend)
Admission fee: . Run by the Columbia County Historical Society.
map location 11
Ichabod Crane's Schoolhouse

James Vanderpoel House

"The House of History" (1818)
16 Broad Street (US Route 9) in Village of Kinderhook, NY 12106
Tel: (518) 758-9265
Open: Thursday through Saturday 11 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5
(Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day)
Admission fee: . Run by the Columbia County Historical Society.
Noted Albany restoration architect Doug Bucher calls it "the ultimate example of Federal architecture in this area."
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James Vanderpoel House

David Van Schaack House

Built 1774
24 Broad Street (US Route 9)
Village of Kinderhook, NY 12106
Private residence not open to the public. His brother Peter built the Federal-style house next door c. 1785.
map location 2
James Van Shaik house

"Benedict Arnold" House

32 Broad Street (US Route 9)
Village of Kinderhook, NY 12106
Private residence not open to the public.
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"Benedict Arnold" house

Kinderhook Village Square

Also known as "Apple Pie" Square
formed by the intersection of Albany Ave with Broad, Hudson, and Chatham Streets
(US Route 9 & County Route 25)
Village of Kinderhook, NY 12106
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Kinderhook Village Square

The Village developed a Walking Tour of the Historic District in 1976 at the time of the US Bicentennial. The well-researched account provides fascinating details about the above locations and many others.


Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

Route 9H, 2 miles south of the village
Kinderhook, NY 12106
tel (518) 758-9689
Open: Monday through Sunday 9 am to 4:30 pm (May to November)
Saturday & Sunday only (November to December 5)
Admission Fee is $2.00 for visitors 17 years and older.
Run by the US National Park Service.
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MVBNHS "Lindenwald"
Welcome to Lindenwald
"Lindenwald" was the retirement estate of the Eighth President of the United States, Martin Van Buren. Van Buren was one of the ablest national politicians during the Early American period of our country's history. He was born in the village of Kinderhook, lived there until he was a young man, and spent the last 21 years of his life at Lindenwald.
Information
Information on fees, tours, and sales items is available from the park ranger in the kiosk adjacent to the parking lot. Holders of National Park passes are admitted free.
Lindenwald Tours
See Martin Van Buren's 36-room retirement home. Tours start every half hour from 9 am to 4 pm daily through October (except no 11:30 or 12:30 tours). Sign-up for tours at the kiosk.
Special Events
The many special events planned for this season are listed on the Kinderhook Connection's Calendar of Events. Full descriptions are available in the National Park Service's Official Press Releases.
Walking Tours
Walking tours lasting approximately ninety minutes will be conducted by the ranger staff around the grounds at Lindenwald on Sundays in October. The tours will interpret the Lindenwald farm as well as the National Park Service's plans to restore the landscape.
Advisories
Parking is sometimes limited, please follow the signs and the directions of park rangers so that we may maximize use of the spaces.
Picnic lunches on the lawn are encouraged. However, fires of any type are prohibited!
Be aware of stinging insects in your area, as ground dwelling bees and wasps are common and many are found on the lawn.
Please contact a park ranger if you need first aid or if you have a safety concern.
On days of special events the 2:00 tour of Lindenwald is cancelled so that you may enjoy the event.
You may wish to bring lawn chairs for special events held at the park, as provided seating is very limited.


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Map Legend

  1. The James Vanderpoel House (F)
  2. General John Burgoyne House*
  3. Benedict Arnold House*
  4. Martin Van Buren School (originally the High School)
  5. Kinderhook Reformed Dutch Church
  6. St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  7. Columbia County Museum
  8. Martin Van Buren Gravesite (Reformed Church Cemetery)
  9. Martin Van Buren Birthsite*
  10. The Luykas Van Alen Home (F)
  11. Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse
  12. Martin Van Buren National Historic Site (Lindenwald) (F)

* Not open to the public

F=Fee charged



In the Hudson area

Columbia County Tourism Office

401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534
Tel: (800) 724-1846 or (518) 828-3375
Request their FREE travel and tourism guide.

New York State Museum of Firefighting

Harry Howard Boulevard, Hudson, NY 12534
tel:
hours:
Olana State Historic Site

Located on:
Route 9G, 1 mile south of the Rip Van Winkle bridge, south of Hudson
Mailing address: R.D. 2, Hudson, NY 12534
Tel: (518) 828-0135
Open: The grounds are open daily from 8:30 am until sundown.
The Visitor Center is open daily 9:30 am to 4:30 pm throughout the season.
The house is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, 12 noon to 4 pm, April 1 through November 1, 1998.
Olana is open on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.
Run by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

New Features

Olana is the home of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church, designed by him in the 1870s as a work of art.
The Museum Shop has greatly enlarged its space and expanded its offerings of books and objects based on Olana styles.


In the Northeastern part of the county

Wilson M. Powell Wildlife Sanctuary

Hunt Club Road, off County route 13
Old Chatham, NY

Samuel Tilden's Gravesite

Off Route 22, on the left, North of Routes 20/22
Town of Lebanon, Lebanon Springs

Mount Lebanon Shaker Village

A restored Shaker community with 25 buildings.
Route 20, New Lebanon

In the Southern part of the county

Taconic State Park

Hiking, nature center, picknicking, cabins, and tent platforms.
Route 344, off route 22 in Copake Falls, NY.
Tel: (518) 329-3993
Entrance fee: .

Lake Taghkanic State Park

Hiking, camping, picknicking, swimming, boat rentals, cabins, cottages, and tent platforms.
Off the Taconic State Parkway, one mile south of route 82 in Taghkanic, NY.
Tel: (518) 851-3631
Entrance fee: .

Clermont State Historic Site

The Hudson River estate of Chancellor Robert R. Livingston and home to seven generations, with formal gardens, hiking, picknicking, and Fourth of July festivities.
Off Route 9G in the Town of Clermont, NY.
Tel: (518) 537-4240
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm.





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