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Address: 2589 Route 9H, Kinderhook, NY 12106
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+1 518-758-9265
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
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National Historic Landmark, the Luykas Van Alen house is a restored house...

National Historic Landmark, the Luykas Van Alen house is a restored house museum representing 18th century rural Dutch farm life in the Hudson River Valley. The "Van Alen House" and its farm are believed to have served as the inspiration for Washington Irving's short story 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' as the homestead of the Van Tassel family. Irving was a close friend of Kinderhook native (and U.S. President) Martin Van Buren, a neighbor of the "Van Alen House" and a frequent guest in the town. This property (interior and exterior) was also a location scene in the 1993 Martin Scorsese film, "The Age of Innocence" starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Daniel Day-Lewis. Open seasonally-all summer and fall-along with the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse. Admissions for the Van Alen House & Ichabod Crane are combined. Also available on the property is the Dutch Farming Heritage Trail linking the Luykas Van Alen property with the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, 'Lindenwald'. Open Hours: Through - October 9th: Saturday & Sunday 11am - 4pm

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Monday Afternoon

Soon after Lindenwald, we noticed the Luykas Van Alen House.Attractive peaceful setting. Nice ground to walk around on.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 September 2015
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Soon after Lindenwald, we noticed the Luykas Van Alen House.Attractive peaceful setting. Nice ground to walk around on.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

Wew stop by every chance we get at least once a season. We were not disappointed this year as suual. The house and grounds are metoculously kept and we did some some new photos of the original restoration of the house in a glass case on the main floor. Docent was very knowledgable and was actually thge same young lady... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2012

This meticulously restored and furnished piece of early Dutch history is a pleasure to behold. The brick home is a rare example of early architecture in the area. The knowledgeable docents of the Columbia County Historical Society provide engaging and provocative insights into the lives of the early settlers whose history is together with many of the surrounding families .... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2012

I really shouldn't give this a review since we were not able to get in to see it. We stopped by on Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon, but there was no one around. Sunday when we passed by the house was open, but it was raining and we decided not to walk through the rain. The Columbia County "Let's Play"... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2012

A great example of a Dutch Colonial House from 1730's. Columbia County Historical Society gets Kudos for keeping this house in such fine shape. The grounds and house are meticulously kept and available to stroll through. Tours are usually conducted by very knowledgeable volunteers and best of all ... You can talk photos inside the house and on the grounds... More 

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