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9 November 2017 03:23PM

At this year’s annual Winter Celebration at Lindenwald you’re sure to be treated like royalty. The event takes place Saturday December 2nd from 12:00pm to 4:00pm and this year highlights the coronation of Queen Victoria of England. The coronation of the woman who gave her name to an era and who was to reign over the United Kingdom for 61 years took place in Westminster Abbey June 28, 1838 during the presidency of Martin Van Buren. Van Buren’s son John attended the coronation as part of the American delegation. He recorded in his diary he was “highly delighted” to attend the ceremony which he said lasted “about four hours and a half.” The Americans were seated directly in front and below the Queen. John Van Buren wrote that Victoria seemed “like a sensible woman’” and that “She got through the whole affair admirably and without much apparent fatigue.”

Fittingly, Lindenwald will be royally adorned for the occasion with the help of the talented members of the Kinderhook Garden Club. Club members will have creative arrangements placed in each room of the house. The afternoon hours offer also enough light to see the decorations festooning the mansion and concludes in time for guests to attend the popular Winter Walk in Hudson that evening. In addition, attendees will be able to don the vestments of the throne at a selfie station. There will be a golden throne, “ermine” robe, crown and scepter for visitors to wear so they can look appropriately imperial for their selfie.

Admission to the house is free, but reservations for guided tours are a must. Tours will be offered every half hour beginning at 12:00pm. The last tour begins at 4:00pm. Reservations MUST be made and can be made on line at any time by going to https://www.lindenwaldwinter2017.eventbrite.com . Reservation may also be made by phone by calling 518-758-9689, between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Guests should plan on checking in for their tour at the park visitor center 15 minutes prior to their tour. Also there participants can warm themselves with hot cider provided courtesy of the Friends of Lindenwald.

The event coincides with President Van Buren’s birthday three days later. On Tuesday, December 5th the Village of Kinderhook, along with local officials, the Friends of Lindenwald and park personnel will celebrate Kinderhook’s most famous native son. The ceremony celebrating the 235th anniversary of his birth will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Kinderhook Reformed Cemetery on Albany Ave. in the Village of Kinderhook.

Remember, reservations are required and this popular event fills up rapidly. The regular visitor season at Lindenwald has ended, but the park grounds are open year round from 7:00am until sunset. Tours will resume on April 17th, 2017. The site is located on Route 9H, two miles south of the village of Kinderhook, New York. For reservations or additional information contact us at mava_info@nps.gov or call 518-758-9689. The park’s web site is found at http://www.nps.gov/mava.

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