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.
Presidential Pathways: Martin Van Buren Birthplace