Is Herkimer Home Haunted?
We invite you to join Central New York Ghost Hunters, Herkimer Home Staff and volunteers for this exclusive 2 hour paranormal investigation of this famous historic site. Central New York Ghost Hunters focus on educating the public on paranormal activity, communication, and debunking.
The 2 hour Ghost Hunting Investigation will be held on Saturday, June 13. Groups will leave the Visitor Center every 30 minutes from 6pm to 10pm. The Hunt is recommended for ages 8 and older. The family-friendly hunts leave at 6pm, 6:30pm, and 7pm. Group size is limited. Tickets are $15 per person and all proceeds will go to Herkimer Home. Make your reservation now!
See Event Calendar for more details.
Email Karen.Sheckells@parks.ny.gov to make a reservation.
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!!
Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon of old-fashioned
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
July 1- Colonial fun: Toys & Games on the Frontier
July 8- Exploring Native Mohawk Critters
** July 15- No program-it's history camp week
July 23- Colonial Cooking
July 29-Muster with the Militia: Learn a militia drill
August 5- Colonial Crafts:
August 12- Colonial Music
August 19-Native Americans: Games and Stories
August 26-Colonial Medicine
Schedule subject to change
Cathy Miller Floral Arrangement Winner
is Maureen Culbert!