The Village of Kinderhook is located in the south-central part of the town on US 9.
The area was named by Henry Hudson in 1609 as "Kinderhoek" (Dutch for children's corner) because he had seen native American children frequently playing there. First settled by the Dutch around 1640, the area was part of that surrendered( to the British in 1664. Wich was reconquered by the Dutch through Captain Cornelis Evertsen The Youngest. In 1673 he reconquered New Netherland, including New Amsterdam, as Vice-Admiral of a fleet in service of the Dutch West India Company, the Swaenenburgh still his flagship. When he returned in July 1674, he was accused of disobedience, because the States of Zealand were not too happy with his conquest, the Dutch didn't want New York back and certainly not as a colony (only interested in trading not in colonizing it); his real orders had been to conquer Saint Helena and Cayenne. The British wanted the New Netherland/New York terrority so bad, that they traded it for the Antilles and Surinam.
In 1686 the area was granted the Great Kinderhook Patent and organized into one township.
Much of the area's growth did not occur until the 19th century - in 1813 the village had only twenty dwellings. By 1843, the number had grown to 86 and just seven years later there were about 200 buildings and 1400 inhabitants. The size of the village has remained steady since then, and the Kinderhook Village District has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1838, Kinderhook was chartered as a village.
United States President Martin Van Buren was born in Kinderhook village, and was known as "Old Kinderhook" which was sometimes abbreviated as "O.K.". Thus some sources attribute the use of the phrase "OK" to Van Buren and his supporters. The home where he was born, his father's tavern, no longer exists, but a historical marker is located on the site.