On December 5th, 1782, Martin Van Buren was born in a modest family tavern in Kinderhook, Columbia County, NY and returned to the town following his one term as president from 1837 to 1841.
He spent the next twenty years as a political candidate, an innovative farmer, and an engaged community member. Van Buren died on July 24, 1862 and was buried in the Kinderhook Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery, where his wife Hannah, his parents, and his son Martin Van Buren Jr. are also buried.
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, the Friends of Lindenwald, and the Village of Kinderhook has invited the public to participate in the annual observance of Martin Van Buren’s birthday, on Monday, December 5th.
This ceremony remembers not only Van Buren’s contributions in the political realm, but also his experience as a resident of his native town.
Beginning at 11 am, community leaders and park staff will gather at the 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 in Kinderhook. For more information, call Martin Van Buren National Historic Site at (518) 758-9689 or visit their website.
Photo of Color Guard at Martin Van Buren’s birthday Ceremony provided.
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