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.
THANK YOU DONNA!!
COLONIAL TOYS AND GAME DAY 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
HerkimerHome StateHistoricSite Colonial Kids!
Programs for children
at 10am & 2pm
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