The Herkimer Home State Historic Site will host a wreath-laying ceremony at 11 am, Saturday, August 17th in honor of the anniversary of the death of Brigadier General Nicolas Herkimer.
The ceremony will include a wreath-laying by multiple chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, as well as the Sons of the American Revolution.
An open house-style tour of General Herkimer’s mansion will be conducted after the ceremony, and refreshments will be served to those in attendance.
Herkimer Home State Historic Site is the Georgian-style mansion that was the home to General 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, 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 Colonel 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 during the fierce combat. After the battle, Herkimer was carried home where he died 10 days later.
Visitors to Herkimer Home today will marvel at the grandness of the mansion that once stood on the colonial frontier. The unspoiled landscape, including the Herkimer family burial ground, is unchanged from that of the 18th century. The site at 200 State Route 169 in Little Falls is open daily from sunrise until sunset.
The Visitor Center is open and house tours are available from 10 am until 5 pm Wednesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 pm Sunday and Monday, as well as holidays.
Call 315-823-0398 for more information.