Herkimer Home opens for the summer


LITTLE FALLS — Herkimer Home State Historic Site is open for the season. Upcoming events at the site include a Garden Fair on June 6, a Ghost Hunt on June 30, and a wreath laying ceremony on Aug. 16.

Additionally, this season Herkimer Home will have on display the Petrie Textile, an approximately 300-year-old bedcover featuring several motifs that were common in German artwork during the time period. The textile belonged to the family of Catherine Petrie who married Johan Jost Herkimer, the father of Gen. Nicholas Herkimer.

The site is open daily from sunrise until sunset. The Visitors Center is open and house tours are available on Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays and Monday holidays from 1 to 5 p.m. The site is located at 200 Route 169. Call 315-823-0398 for more information.

Herkimer Home State Historic Site is the Georgian-style mansion that was the home to Revolutionary War hero, Gen. Nicholas Herkimer.

He completed construction of his mansion about 1764 and he assured his place in history in 1777 at the Battle of Oriskany.

In August 1777, while the British were attacking Fort Stanwix, Brigadier Gen. Nicholas Herkimer assembled 800 militiamen, supported by 60 allied Oneida warriors, and marched to aid against the siege. Upon hearing of Herkimer’s advance, British and Loyalist troops under Sir John Johnson and Col. John Butler, and Indian forces led by Mohawk Joseph Brant, set a trap in a boggy ravine west of Oriskany Creek. Although seriously wounded in the leg, Herkimer kept command. After the battle, Herkimer was carried home where he died 10 days later.


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