Uncovering the Past

Uncovering the Past (HMPBS)

Location: Kinderhook, NY 12106 Columbia County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 22.225', W 73° 42.132'

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Martin 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 north gatehouse which was located on this site. This dig helped us to know what they did, the foods they ate and what other functions took place here.

Designed and constructed by local carpenters between 1846 and 1847, nearly identical gatehouses stood at the south and north entrances of the carriage path leading to the main house. The north gatehouse differed having a dormer above the front door which added space to the second floor. This wood framed Gothic Revival structure, complete with its own well and privy, housed Lindenwald employees and their families. In disrepair and dismantled in the early 1950's, the door and several windows were re-used in a nearby home, where they remain today.

Tours of President Van Buren's home are available throughout the day during the visitor season. Please go to the visitor center, located to your right, to arrange a tour or find out about other activities.
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 5:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 606855 N 4691720
Decimal Degrees42.37041667, -73.70220000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 22.225', W 73° 42.132'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 22' 13.50" N, 73° 42' 7.92" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1103-1113 Old Post Rd, Kinderhook NY 12106, US
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