Photo by Dave Warner
Little Falls, NY – On Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 1 pm, the Herkimer Home State Historic Site will host a wreath laying ceremony in honor of the anniversary of the death of Brigadier General Nicolas Herkimer. The ceremony will include a wreath laying by both the Colonel Marinus Willet and the Astenrogen Chapters of the of the Daughters of the American Revolution. A guided tour of General Herkimer’s mansion will be conducted following 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 courageous Revolutionary War hero, General 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 General 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 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 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. The site is open daily from sunrise until sunset. The Visitors Center is open and House Tours are available on Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sundays and Monday Holidays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Herkimer Home State Historic Site is located at 200 State Route 169, Little Falls just off the NYS Thruway Exit 29a. Call (315) 823-0398 for more information.
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