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Review for Columbia County Historical Society , Kinderhook, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

CCHS has a collection of significant historic properties, including what has to be one of the most extraordinary early colonial structures on the east coast, the Luykas Van Alen House. This well preserved and interpreted 300+ year old brick house is original in structure and detail, with representative 16th century furnishings appropriate to the prosperous Dutch family who lived there. We have seen nothing like it in the United States. The Society maintains a Museum building with a permanent art and artifact collection and significant local genealogical resources. The Museum also periodically hosts well designed shows that focus on significant local themes. The Society also is in the process of restoring the James Vanderpoel house, an early Federal manse with a beautiful floating staircase. Columbia County, which was the scene of a historic libel trial where Arron Burr opposed Alexander Hamilton, and Kinderhook, birthplace and home of the 8th President of the United States, are documented in detail in the art and documents that are in the collection of the Society. The CCHS buildings and collections are a mandatory stop for any serious student of early American history. We have returned several times to CCHS on trips to upstate New York, and made new finds with every visit.

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