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Herkimer Home State Historic Site

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Address
200 State Route 169
Little Falls, NY 13365
Latitude 43.025497
Longitude -74.820488

Visit the Georgian-style mansion that was the home to courageous Revolutionary War hero, General Nicholas Herkimer. He completed construction of his mansion about 1764 in the Mohawk Valley frontier. General Herkimer's place in history was assured in 1777. Herkimer was en route to help defend Fort Stanwix when he and his men were ambushed by British-allied Loyalists and Iroquois at Oriskany. Although seriously wounded in the leg, Herkimer kept command during the fierce combat. After the battle, Herkimer was carried home and his leg was amputated 10 days later. Infection had already spread and hours later, when Herkimer died reading from his Bible, he was immediately regarded a martyr to the cause of American freedom, and his home became a shrine. Visitors to Herkimer Home today will marvel at the grandness of this Georgian-style mansion that once stood on the colonial frontier. The unspoiled landscape, including the Herkimer family burial ground, is remarkably unchanged from that of the 18th century.

Don't miss these popular destinations within Herkimer Home or the grounds: 
   - Erie Canal 
   - Visitor Center Exhibits and Audio Tour 
   - Gift Shop 
   - 18th Century Kitchen Garden and Living Laboratory 
   - Blue Water's bird watching area 
   - Canalway Trail

For program and event details, please visit http://www.HerkimerHomeAcademy.org  

Hours of Operation

  • The site grounds may be enjoyed throughout the year from dawn to dusk.
  • 2016 Season: 5/28/16 - 9/5/16 Wed-Sun 
    Guided Tours - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    Group Tours and Programs - available by appointment

    Hours:
    Wed-Sat 10am-5pm
    Sunday 1pm-5pm

    Open Monday Holidays (1pm-5pm)

Fees & Rates

Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.

  • Admission
  • $4 Adults
    $3 Seniors/Students
    $3 per person, group
    $1 per student, group
    Children under 12 are free.
  • Day Use/Picnicking
  • Free
Sat 07 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
(315) 823-0398

Come join us at Herkimer Home State Historic Site in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.

Volunteers can help with cleaning up the site picnic area, front entrance, and garden.

Register Now

Contact event coordinator Karen Sheckells for more information : karen.sheckells@parks.ny.gov

Registration: Required
Fri 13 May
Cocktails N Canvas- Workshop/Fundraiser
Friday, May 13, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
(315) 823-0398

Create a painting scene from the Herkimer Home State Historic Site! The fee includes all materials, light refreshments and instructions from Master Artist, Vicki Ferrusci. Cost: $45 per person Ticket required and available at Cocktails-n-canvas.com

Sat 21 May
Muster in the Mohawk Valley
Saturday, May 21, 2016 until Sunday, May 22, 2016
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
(315) 823-0398

Assemble at 2:00 PM each day to learn the drill. From 10:00 am to 4:00 PM on Saturday and 12:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday talk to boatman on the Mohawk and see the wares of the fur trade, leather working, blacksmithing, textile and clothing manufacture and the preparation of chocolate.

Militia musters were an annual gathering to determine the number and readiness of local militia soldiers. Officers inspected the firearms and equipment of every individual and then lead the men through the various evolutions of the drill and marching to the delight of aging parents, siblings and the young ladies present.

This joint program of Herkimer Home State Historic Site and the Claus' Rangers Living History Group features two bateaus, the shallow draft boats used to ply the disparate waterways of the American interior, docked on the Mohawk River. At 12:30 each day the boatman will portage or move overland one of these large boats. The fees earned from providing this service around the nearby falls enabled Nicholas Herkimer to construct his elegant house. On Saturday at 1:00 PM Jenna Schnitzer gives a talk on 18th century Palatine German clothing in the visitor center. On Sunday at 1:00 PM New York State Bureau of Historic Sites curator Travis Bowman talks about slavery in the Mohawk Valley. At 2:00 PM each day visitors are invited to pick-up a musket and drill with the rest of the soldiers. A musket firing demonstration follows the drill.

Sat 18 Jun
Ghost Hunt Fundraiser
Saturday, June 18, 2016 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Herkimer Home State Historic Site
(315) 823-0398

"Is Herkimer Home haunted?" That certainly has been the subject of much debate.

We invite you to join Central New York Ghost Hunters, Herkimer Home Staff and volunteers for this exclusive 2 hour paranormal investigation of this famous historic site. Central New York Ghost Hunters focus on educating the public on paranormal activity, communication, and debunking. Participants will use a variety of ghost-detecting equipment such as EMF detectors, infrared thermometers, audio recorders and more. Herkimer Home staff will share the site's history as they guide you to each investigation location on the hallowed ground. Based on the groups' finding, you can determine whether the site is haunted!

The program will conclude with light refreshments in the Visitor Center exhibit area. Gifts and Ghost Hunter shirts will be available for purchase. Groups leave every 30 min. - First group at 6pm and last group at 10pm - Group size is limited Cost: $15 per person (All proceeds go to Herkimer Home) Ages: Recommended for ages 8 and older Family-friendly tours leave at 6, 6:30, and 7pm RESERVATIONS ONLY

To make a reservation-Email: Karen.sheckells@parks.ny.gov

NO REFUNDS: Purchased tickets are reserved for a specific date and time. Visit www.gotghosts.org for more information about Central New York Ghost Hunters.

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Costumed Interpreters
  • Educational Services
  • Gardens
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Scenic Views (Accessible)
    • Activities
    • Audio-Visual Programs
    • Demonstrations
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours
    • Hiking
    • Historic House
    • Picnic Area
    • Re-enactments