Washington Irving, the celebrated author of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, wrote much of his first book, Knickerbocker’s History of New York, at the historic house now known as Lindenwald, the former home of Martin Van Buren.
The home was previously owned by the Van Ness family. Irving and Van Buren later grew close when they both served in the American Legation in London and remained so until a falling out in 1840.
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site will host “Full Circle: Washington Irving at Lindenwald,” a temporary exhibit on display through the month of October, delving into the site’s connection to Hudson Valley legend,
This exhibit will look at what happened between the two, and if they ever reconciled, exploring this new twist on the relationship of Washington Irving to Lindenwald through primary sources and artifacts from the museum collection.
The free self-guided exhibit will be available to the public in the Visitor Center from 9 am to 4:30 pm, daily. The Site is located at 1013 Old Post Road in Kinderhook, NY.
For more information, call Martin Van Buren National Historic Site at (518) 758-9689 or visit their website.
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