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Breakfast with the General – Then Sugaring Off

April 22, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Herkimer Home invites you to join us for the return of our historic ‘Sugaring Off’ event in our 39th year! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 22nd, from 10 am until 2 pm, with a special Pancake Breakfast for reserved guests at 9 am. Standard site admission of $4 for adults and $3 for students/seniors will be charged.

Join us as we bid farewell to winter and welcome the start of the agricultural season with a colonial tradition of Sugaring Off! Herkimer Home will host the festivities as visitors learn about the traditional sugaring skills around General Nicholas Herkimer’s colonial manor in the scenic Mohawk Valley.

Returning to our annual schedule of events, Sugaring Off at Herkimer Home welcomes visitors of all ages for a day of fun full of historic demonstrations, military/civilian recreations, vendors, children’s activities, and more!

The tradition of sugaring and its importance to the Mohawk Valley pre-date European colonization when local Native American tribes began to process maple sap from the abundant maple groves of New York. European colonization expanded these traditions as colonists acquired a taste for maple products and saw opportunities for profit. The rising cost of cane sugar in Colonial America further increased the demand for maple sugar as colonists sought to escape Britain’s control of the sugar trade.

On site, visitors will learn firsthand about the historic process of sugaring with live demonstrations and opportunities to see the creation of the traditional tools used in sugaring off. Additional on-site demonstrations include colonial brewing, military drills, 18th-century children’s games, German foodways, colonial woodworking, and self-guided mansion tours.

Early birds are welcome to join us for ‘Breakfast With the General’ from 9-10 am, followed by sugaring demonstrations. Guests for this addition will be served colonial-style Hoe Cakes, Maple Syrup, and additional fixings and will be joined by historical interpreters for General George Washington’s favorite breakfast. Tickets must be purchased in advance for $20 and can be purchased directly from Southern Girl Diner at 83 N Main St, Dolgeville, NY, 13329.

Be sure to check in with the Herkimer Home Facebook page for additional announcements in the near future. We hope that you stop by and join us as we commemorate the Sugar Bush Raids of the American Revolution and a local tradition marking the end of winter at the Herkimer Homes Sugaring Off event!


April 22, 2023
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Herkimer Home
200 NY-169
Little Falls, NY 13365 United States
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