Herkimer Home State Historic Site

200 State Route 169
Little Falls, NY 13365

Located just a short 15 minute drive from Herkimer is Little Falls, location of the Herkimer Home State Historic Site.

"Johan Jost Herchhcimer was one of a number of refugees from the German Palatinate who, in 1725, settled at German Flatts south of the present village of Herkimer. He was an industrious farmer who also engaged in trade and transport on the Mohawk River, and held important contracts to provision the military garrison at Oswego. As a major Mohawk Valley landowner, he acquired over 5,000 acres of land south of the Mohawk, which included the strategic "carrying place" or portage around Little Falls. It was here, about 1752, that his eldest son Nicholas established a farmstead.
Nicholas Herkimer pursued his own interests in farming and trade, which were particularly profitable during the French and Indian Wars. About 1764 he was able to replace his earlier dwelling with a fashionable English Georgian style mansion, now known as Herkimer Home. This residence on the frontier was unusually grand and as remarkable then as it is today, a unique example of colonial Mohawk Valley architecture.
By the 1770s , Nicholas Herkimer had become the wealthiest and most prominent member of the Mohawk Valley's German-American community and was active in local civil affairs.

"Herkimer gained military experience as a captain of militia during the French and Indian Wars. At the outbreak of the Revolution, firmly embracing the American cause, he was elected chairman of the Tryon County Committee of Safety and commissioned brigadier general, commander of the county's militia.

"In 1777. Herkimer was en route to help defend Fort Stanwix (located in nearby Rome, New York) when he and his men were ambushed by British-allied Loyalists and Iroquois at Oriskany. Although seriously wounded in the leg, Herkimer kept his command during the fierce combat. After the battle, General Herkimer was carried home. His leg was amputated 10 days later. Infection had already spread and hours later, Herkimer died reading while reading his Bible."
(reprinted from a site brochure).

The site grounds may be enjoyed throughout the year from dawn to dusk.

Guided Tours - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Group Tours and Programs - available by appointment-

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