Martin Van Buren was born on December 5, 1782, in a modest family tavern in Kinderhook and returned to the town following his one term as president in 1841. He spent the next twenty years as a political candidate, an innovative farmer, and an engaged community member.
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, the Friends of Lindenwald, and the Village of Kinderhook have invited the public to participate in the annual observance of Martin Van Buren’s birthday on Sunday, December 5th.
At 11 am, community leaders and park staff will gather at the Kinderhook Reformed Church Cemetery, where a graveside ceremony will commemorate Martin Van Buren’s life and role within the community. The program will include a wreath laying and some remarks about his life.
Martin Van Buren’s gravesite is located at 2 Kindertree Drive, Kinderhook. Warm clothes, hats and gloves are recommended. For more information, call Martin Van Buren National Historic Site at (518) 758-9689 or visit their webpage.
Portrait of Martin Van Buren by Mathew Brady.