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Luykas Van Alen House

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Luykas Van Alen House 
Columbia County Historical Society 
5 Albany Ave P.O. Box 311 
Kinderhook, NY 12106 

Hours: Open Memorial Day – Labor Day on Thursdays through Sunday from 10AM to 4PM Phone: (518) 758-9265

Historical Description:

As the Dutch settled the Hudson River Valley, their culture influenced the homes and communities of the region. The Dutch architecture and preserved domestic settings allow us to look back into this period of Hudson River Valley history. 

The Site:

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968, the Luykas Van Alen House is a restored house museum representing 18th-century rural Dutch farm life. With its parapet gables, Dutch doors, and entrance stoops, it stands as a testament to traditional Dutch architecture in the Hudson River Valley. 

The Luykas Van Alen House interior is typical of the domestic settings in which many Hudson Valley Dutch farmers and merchants lived and worked. Large fireplaces dominate each room, with iron cooking utensils and period furnishings further helping to illustrate this historical moment.. 

Directions:

Take the NYS Thruway to Exit 21A and enter the Boston/MA Turnpike to exit B1. Take I-90 West until exit 12. Turn left on US 9 south. Turn right on Albany Ave.  

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