Last updated: 5/26/2017
Kinderhook, New York
Street Address
2589 Route 9H
Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse
Kinderhook, NY 12106
Mailing Address
PO Box 311
Kinderhook, NY 12106
The Library
The Library is now open Saturdays & Sundays and by appointment. Please check for updates on our Facebook Page ?during holidays and inclement weather.
Friday - Saturday12 PM - 4 PM
Located at 5 Albany Avenue Kinderhook, NY 12106
Luykas Van Alen House, and Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse.
July 1 - September 3
Sunday, Tuesday, Saturday12 PM - 4 PM
Luykas Van Alen House, and Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse.
September 9 - October 8
Friday - Saturday12 PM - 4 PM
Bookstore & GiftShop
Thursday3 PM - 5 PM
Saturday11 AM - 4 PM
NEW INVENTORY IS ARRIVING WEEKLY: Visit the CCHS MUSEUM SHOP: our Bookstore & GiftShop is located within the James Vanderpoel House where you may browse many more books and gift items. Online Prices Include Shipping Within the USA
Adults: $5
Members: free
Students (): Free
Children under 12: Free
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Lori Yarotsky, Executive Director
phone: 518-758-9265
Anna M. Thompson, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions
phone: 518-758-9265
Jim Benton, Senior Library Researcher / Weekend Manager
phone: 518-758-9265
Allison G. Marchese, Editor, History&Heritage Magazine
phone: 518-758-9265

The Columbia County Historical Society includes a museum and library, as well as three additional historic properties open to the public.

Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library

The Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library includes two galleries of changing exhibitions, a research library and reading room, collection storage, museum store, and administrative offices. The Museum galleries are presently closed for the season and will re-open in August 2016 in celebration of our Centennial Year! The Library is currently open during regular posted hours and by appointment.

Luykas Van Alen House c. 1737

The Luykas Van Alen House is open seasonally—all summer and fall—along with the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse. Tours of the interior are offered seasonally by guided tour. Admissions for the Van Alen House & Ichabod Crane are combined.

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1967, the Luykas Van Alen house is a restored house museum representing 18th century rural Dutch farm life in the Hudson River Valley. 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'. Located at 2589 Route 9H, Kinderhook, NY.

Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse c. 1850

The Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse is a 19th-century building that served as a local single-room public school into the 1940s. Recently awarded a 'Legends & Lore' marker by the New York Folklore Society & William G. Pomeroy Foundation honoring Washington Irving's "Sleepy Hollow" character 'Ichabod Crane', who was patterned after the original Kinderhook Schoolteacher, Jesse Merwin--hence the schoolhouse name.

Originally located on land at the corner of 9H and Fischer Rd, the school was moved to the Luykas Van Alen house property and restored to its 1930s appearance after the Kinderhook school district centralized.

Vanderpoel House of History c. 1819

The James Vanderpoel House is open each Saturday & Sunday from 11am-4pm with special centennial exhibitions. Bookstore & Museum Shop are open same days/hours as the House.

Originally the Federal era home of prominent lawyer and politician, James Vanderpoel and his family, the property is now an exhibit space featuring galleries of paintings and decorative arts from the CCHS permanent collection. The CCHS Bookstore & Giftshop is located within the house. Located at 16 Broad Street, Kinderhook, NY.


The CCHS collects, preserves, and interprets the history, heritage, and culture of Columbia County, New York, and serves residents of all eighteen Columbia County towns and the city of Hudson. For 100 years, thousands of people from all across Columbia County and beyond have enjoyed our varied exhibitions, historic properties, and educational programs. History lays the groundwork for strong, resilient communities; our identity is based on our history, heritage and culture.

Founded in 1916 as "Daughters of Columbia County Historical Society" the CCHS has evolved as an institution to become a cultural anchor in the county, while also publishing an award-winning scholarly magazine, and producing ongoing lectures and exhibitions. A vital community resource, our research library holds important and unique genealogical materials, maps, photographs, and other archival material relating to Columbia County's heritage.

Educational Programs

K-12 School Field Trip

Columbia County Historical Society offers fun and educational guided tours that fulfill learning standards for K-12. Tours can be scheduled alongside a visit to the Martin Van Buren homestead, Lindenwald down the road. Please contact to discuss the curriculum needs of your group.


Columbia County History & Heritage, biannual magazine

  • Columbia County History & Heritage
  • Services

    Guided Group Tours

    Guided group tours of the Luykas Van Alen House are available with advance reservation for adults, school groups and scout programs. The one-hour private tour include both exterior and interior of the 1737 Dutch Colonial homestead. In addition to the guided tour, groups can visit the self-guided 1850 Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, and the 1.5 mile Kinderhook Dutch Farming Heritage Trail that connects the property to the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. Bus parking available. Restroom facilities are limited. $5.00 per person (tour leaders and bus drivers are free)

    The Columbia County Historical Society frequently schedules joint visits with the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site (1 mile south) and would be happy to work with the National Parks Service to coordinate a multi-site visit for your group. Please contact with any questions regarding your potential visit

    Gift Shop

    Online Gift Shop

    Special Event Rental

    Group Tours

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