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Luykas Van Alen House

2589 Route 9h, Kinderhook, NY 12106
+1 518-758-9265
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Excellent Visit

We visited with friends and enjoyed the experience. The staff was excellent. The person who gave... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Bob C
Albany, New York
Monday Afternoon

Soon after Lindenwald, we noticed the Luykas Van Alen House.Attractive peaceful setting. Nice... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2015
Tom B
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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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: July 1st through Columbus Day weekend: Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday Noon - 4pm
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11 Jul 2017
“Excellent Visit”
28 Sep 2015
“Monday Afternoon”
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2589 Route 9h, Kinderhook, NY 12106
+1 518-758-9265
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

We visited with friends and enjoyed the experience. The staff was excellent. The person who gave us our tour was knowledgeable about the house, the family and grounds. It is nice to see the Historial Society is protecting such a great piece of local history....More

Thank Bob C
Reviewed 28 September 2015

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

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 3 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...More

Thank eminker
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...More

Thank no m
Reviewed 12 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...More

Thank Soaringeagles3
CCHS_NY, Executive Director at Luykas Van Alen House, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Please come and visit again! We have an all-new staff, management and program and we are always open on our stated hours: currently, during the visitor season we are open each Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 4pm. We hope you will try again!...More

Reviewed 23 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...More

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