The Van Schaack House
John Jay Room
The John Jay Room is named after the Supreme Court Chief Justice who befriended Peter Van Schaack at Kings College (later known as Columbia University). Jay was one of several great legal minds who found themselves cast together on campus in 1762. Jay's friendship with Van Schaack stayed in tact during Van Schaack exile to England. Jay was instrumental in paving the way for Van Schaack's return to the United States and Kinderhook - greeting his ship upon arrival.
The spacious room has a private bath and direct access to the upstairs porch.
Martin Van Buren Room
The Martin Van Buren Room is named after our Country's eighth President. Van Schaack – whose leadership was sought on New York's first organized body opposing Britain's policies towards the Colonies - would be proud that a room of such stature bears the name of Kinderhook's most famous favorite son.
This front room with a beautiful view has a private bath and direct access to the upstairs porch.
Judge Benson Room
The Judge Benson Room is named after Egbert Benson, Peter Van Schaack's long-time friend and part of the incredibly talented class that walked the campus of King's College in the 1760's.
Benson's social and traveling inclinations brought him to Kinderhook several times a year, so much so that Van Schaack actually named a room in the house the "Judge Benson Room."v The two went from Kinderhook to Belford in 1818 driving the Judge's one-horse wagon to visit their mutual friend John Jay. They were all upwards of 70 years old at the time.v The room also has a large private bath.v
Sarah Roosevelt Room
The Sarah Roosevelt Room is named after Peter Van Schaack's sister who married into the Roosevelt Family. She was the Great Grandmother of President Theodore Roosevelt.
The pastel decor and four-poster bed would be considered proper lodging for a woman who walked among the elite of her time. The front facing view allows a look at the grounds and garden.
This room also has a large private bath.
- VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Personal checks with valid ID and cash are acceptable forms of payment.
- A 50% credit card deposit is due when making your reservation.-
- In-season reservations require a minimum 2-night stay on the weekends and a minimum 3-night stay on holiday weekends.
- Cancellations made 14 days in advance will receive a full refund.
- Cancellations made inside the 14-day window will receive a credit for future use.
- Check-in: 3 p.m.
- Check-out: 12 noon.
- No children under 12.
- No pets.
- No smoking.