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Presidential Pathways: Martin Van Buren Birthplace

The Hudson River Valley was originally claimed and settle by Dutch settlers.  The explorer Henry Hudson named a section of land along the river Kinderhoek (Dutch for children’s corner) because he had seen Native American children playing in the area.  It was eventually organized into a township, and it is in this village that Abraham and Maria Van Buren operated an inn and tavern.  On Dec. 5, 1782, in a house attached to the tavern Maria gave birth to the couple’s third child Martin.  The house was eventually torn down, but a historic marker is located near the site.

A state historical marker designates the location of the Van Buren house.

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