‘Taverns and Tories: It’s 1777 Somewhere’ at Herkimer Home


LITTLE FALLS — Herkimer Home State Historic Site and Rock Valley Brewery in Little Falls will be hosting a beer tasting event, ‘Taverns and Tories: It’s 1777 Somewhere,’ in the shadows of the home of Revolutionary War hero General Nicolas Herkimer from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at 200 Route 169.

During the event a new beer will be unveiled in his honor and available for tasting through separate purchase by legal aged individuals in the beer garden. Additionally, live music will be performed by Liz “Fiddle” Simchik throughout the day, and food and refreshments will be available for purchase from the 508 Salvage BBQ food truck.

In preparation for semiquincentennial activities (the 250th birthday of the United States) the recreated armies of King George III and the Continental Congress are seeking new members to fill depleted ranks. A recruiting party of the 24th Regiment of Foot will staff a display at Herkimer Home State Historic Site during the event.

Reenactors will provide musket firing demonstrations exhibit the contents of a soldiers’ knapsack, pitch a tent with bedding, and answer questions about all aspects of reenacting, including costs. Join in and get a feel for the experience by trying on a spare uniform or enlisting in the cause.

Site staff and volunteers will interpret the home and provide house tours, historic background of the Mohawk valley region during the late 18th century, lead colonial children’s games including stilts, bat and trap, and wooden musket drills for visitors, and provide a historic 18th century brewing talk from the summer kitchen.

Admission to the site is $4 per person. Rock Valley Brewing Company will be selling a specialty brew, Oriskany Ale, for $5 per 12 ounce pour, cash only.

The 24th Regiment of Foot co-sponsors events at Herkimer Home in Little Falls, Fort Ontario in Oswego, and Johnson Hall State Historic Sites on the Revolutionary War Heritage Trail from Oswego to Schenectady.

The unit participates in large, small, near, and far living history events at forts, historic sites, museums, and battlefields. The recruiting aspect of the event at Herkimer Home is an opportunity for those interested in joining a living history group to prepare for large 250th commemorations, beginning with the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 2025.

Rock Valley Brewing Company is located at 56 West Mill Street, Little Falls. For more information contact Mike George at 315-508-5313.

For more information on the event or Herkimer Home contact Sharon Powell at 315-823-0398 or by e-mail at sharon.powell@parks.ny.gov.


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