Herkimer Home State Historic Site
Situated overlooking the Mohawk River, this Georgian-style mansion was home to General Nicholas Herkimer. Construction of his residence on the colonial frontier was completed around 1764.
General Herkimer’s place in history was assured in 1777 when he assembled 800 militiamen, supported by 60 allied Oneida warriors, and marched to defend Ft. Stanwix against a British siege. Considered to be a significant turning point in the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Oriskany, fought on August 6, 1777, has been described as one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Although wounded in the leg, Herkimer kept command during the fierce combat. After the battle he was carried home where he died 10 days later from complications following the amputation of his leg.
Herkimer’s estate was home to many over the years, including his family, enslaved people who helped run the estate, soldiers encamped during the war, and neighbors seeking refuge from the fighting in the Mohawk Valley. During the 1800’s the property saw much change as the first the Erie Canal, and later the railroad, cut across it.
Today the site can easily be reached from the highway, river or Canalway Trail.
Visitors are invited to tour the mansion and view the visitor center exhibits; and also explore the grounds to discover General Herkimer’s final resting place, a recreated kitchen garden, remnants of an Erie Canal lock, and scenic views of the Mohawk River. Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.
Guided Tours of Herkimer Mansion
Guided tours are available Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by Reservation Only. Call 315-823-0398 during regular business hours to schedule a tour. Tours will be limited to 6 people. The museum and gift shop will be open to visitors.
(Updated March 19, 2022) Masks must be worn by all visitors inside buildings. Social distancing should be practiced by visitors while on the grounds.
– New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation