The Herkimer Home runs a wonderful day camp for kids who love history!
My son loves history. He’d actually prefer to jump in a time machine and live in the past. Summer Camp at the Herkimer Home is the next best thing. Offered in July to kids ages 8-12, the day camp allows the kids the chance to dress up in colonial garb, forge their own spoons, play period games … and much more.
The Herkimer Home allows its visitors an intimate look at Revolutionary living and unlike most historic sites, the volunteers make you feel like a family guest. If you are interested, contact The Friends of the Herkimer Home for more info!
On Sunday, April 15th, from 1 p.m. to 4p.m., join Herkimer Home State Historic Site and the Friends of Herkimer Home as they celebrate the 36th annual Sugaring Off on the grounds of Herkimer Home. Since 1796, Sugaring Off has been one of Central New York’s sweetest goodbyes to winter and the tastiest harbingers of spring.
Sugaring Off at Herkimer Home is a great social event as hundreds of happy visitors join costumed staff and volunteers in recreating the taste, aroma, and spirit of a colonial maple sugaring bee.
Visitors will see sap will boil in huge kettles, spiles whittled from sumac, troughs hewn from half round logs and hearthside cooking. The 2012 Maple Queen will give a presentation about the Maple Syrup process. Horse drawn wagons will convey visitors around the grounds of the property once owned by Revolutionary War hero General Nicholas Herkimer. Tastings of sap, jack – wax, and maple gingerbread will be offered. The Friends of Herkimer Home will be selling their famous Kitty’s Fritter’s smothered in warm Maple Syrup.
A Raid on the Sugarbush, staged by several of the area’s Revolutionary War re-enactment groups, will highlight this edition of Sugaring Off. The Tryon County militia will also demonstrate the drill, weaponry, combat tactics, and camp life of the period.
Admission to the grounds, Visitor Center, militia demonstration and wagon rides are free. Guided Tours of General Herkimer’s house will be offered for a small admission fee to support the historic site.
And finally….a great big THANK YOU to NYS Senator James Seward and State Assemblyman Marc Butler for helping the Herkimer Home to secure $100,000 in the state budget to keep the site open.