Herkimer Home State Historic Site 

Little Falls, NY
(315) 823-0398

2013 Season 5/10/13 - 09/02/13

   Historic Home and Visitor Center are closed
      for the season.

New Donation to Herkimer Home State Historic Site! 

The Citizen Soldier and The Hard Working Wife
     by Donna Veeder

Local Artist, Donna Veeder, designed and painted two photo stations for the site.  These are extra special because Donna used her own history to create the story behind each figure.

She named the boy figure the "Citizen Soldier" because the men who lived here in the Valley were first farmers and then soldiers. When the war was over they went home to farm. Donna married Nicholas Schermerhorn Veeder from Schenectady, NY and relocated to the valley. The Veeder family land in Fonda was from a land grant from the King of Holland. The first two Veeders arrived in 1632 and were fur traders. Her husband's paternal grandmother was of the Brandt and Mabie families of Tribe's Hill. 
   Donna named the girl figure " Hard Working Wife" because she knows that she was! Donna and her husband lived on a farm near Van Hornesville and raised cattle and gardened for over 50 years. They first hayed in the old manner with forks by hand. They would pitch the loose hay up onto a high wagon. They had over forty cats at one time. Donna was called the Cat Lady by her neighbors because the kitties followed her everywhere she went, like a long tail. She added the yellow cat to her figure! They also had an old burl bowl made by the Native Americans, as her family story went, like the one the figure is carrying. Donna knows how hard she must have worked alongside her husband and children.


              Sunday, Aug 31
                1:00 to 4:00pm

Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon of old-fashioned fun! 
This program is free and open to the public. Rain or shine

Herkimer Home State Historic Site Colonial Kids!

Summer Programs for children

Wednesdays at 10am & 2pm


Join us for a fun-filled 45 min. program.
 No reservations required.
$1.00 per child


July 2- Colonial fun: Toys & Games on the Frontier

July 9- Exploring Native Mohawk Critters        

July 23- Colonial Dress-up: Learn about 18thc clothes

July 30-Muster with the Militia: Learn a militia drill


August 6- Colonial Crafts: Felting

August 13- Colonial Music: Songs of the Erie Canal

August 20-Native Americans: Games and Stories

August 27- Colonial Medicine


Schedule subject to change

Cathy Miller Floral Arrangement Winner

is Maureen Culbert!

Herkimer Home NYS Historic Site thanks all that supported this fundraiser for the historic kitchen garden.