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
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.
Celebrate spring at Herkimer Home State Historic Site by joining us at our annual 18th Century Spring and Garden Fair on Sunday, June 5 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Learn about the plants and herbs in our historic kitchen garden. Children can plant seeds to take home and make scarecrows for the garden.
A variety of vendors will be on hand selling traditional garden plants, herbs, and other items. Activities associated with spring will be demonstrated throughout the event. As you wander around the beautiful grounds you can stop to learn about the local birds, beekeeping, and heirloom seeds. Bring an antique to be appraised for a $2 fee by Robert Becker.
Indian Castle Church Cemetery Corporation will be having a bake sale to raise funds for their on-going restoration projects.
"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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.