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Henry Hudson disembarked from his ship, Half Moon, and stepped onto the fertile land we now know as Kinderhook in 1609. Shortly afterward, Dutch and Swedish settlers pushed the Lenni Lenape out, expanded their fur trade, tilled fields, established mills, made wagons, and, by the 18th century, set up taverns. Kinderhook's location at a heavily traveled crossroads made it a popular resting spot for travelers, including Benedict Arnold after he was wounded in battle.
One of Kinderhook's most notable residents was Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States. You can retrace the steps of early American history by walking or driving through the village, which brims with well-preserved Federal and Dutch Colonial architecture. From here it's a short hop to Chatham, where you can spend a day bouncing around the hip shopping district and checking out art galleries.
Kinderhook at a Glance
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Elsewhere in The Hudson Valley
- Annandale-on-Hudson and Tivoli
- Cold Spring
- Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks
- High Falls
- Hyde Park
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