Following his failure to be re-nominated as the Democratic Party’s candidate for president in 1844, Martin Van Buren retired to his home Lindenwald (now the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site). He stayed active in national politics and sought the presidency as the Free Soil Party’s candidate in 1848. By 1861, he was bedridden and suffering from pneumonia. On July 24, 1862, Van Buren died from bronchial asthma and heart failure at Lindenwald. He was buried next to his wife Hannah in the Kinderhook Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery.
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.