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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Little Falls, New York

Clickable Map of Herkimer County, New York and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Herkimer County, NY (102) Fulton County, NY (143) Hamilton County, NY (16) Lewis County, NY (19) Montgomery County, NY (198) Oneida County, NY (189) Otsego County, NY (84) St. Lawrence County, NY (182)  HerkimerCounty(102) Herkimer County (102)  FultonCounty(143) Fulton County (143)  HamiltonCounty(16) Hamilton County (16)  LewisCounty(19) Lewis County (19)  MontgomeryCounty(198) Montgomery County (198)  OneidaCounty(189) Oneida County (189)  OtsegoCounty(84) Otsego County (84)  St.LawrenceCounty(182) St. Lawrence County (182)
Herkimer is the county seat for Herkimer County
Little Falls is in Herkimer County
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      Hamilton County (16)  
      Lewis County (19)  
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      Otsego County (84)  
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1New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — A Bridge for Boats — The Little Falls Aqueduct
The pile of rocks in front of you is all that is left of a massive 214-foot-long aqueduct that once carried water and canal boats across the Mohawk River, connecting the original Erie Canal to a boat basin on the Western Inland Lock Navigation . . . Map (db m131184) HM
2New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Benton Hall Academy — 1895
Originally constructed in 1895 and completely reconstructed in 1997, Benton Hall is one of the oldest public school buildings still in use in New York StateMap (db m131122) HM
3New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Benton’s Landing — Nathaniel Benton — 1792-1869 —
Nathaniel Benton came to Little Falls as a War of 1812 veteran and opened a law office here in 1819. His young but flourishing practice enabled him to marry Sarah Britton and to build for her the fine Greek Revival home which now houses the W.C.A. . . . Map (db m131126) HM
4New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Brave Defenders — 1877
To the brave defenders of our UnionMap (db m131123) HM WM
5New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — David L. Bass — Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor — Battle of Fort Fisher —
Citation: On board the U.S.S. Minnesota in action during the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865. Landing on the beach with the assaulting party from his ship, S/man Bass advanced to the top of the sand hill and partly through the breach . . . Map (db m131125) HM
6New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Fort Hendrick
Ft. Hendrick 1754-1760 British post guarding Mohawk Castle. Named for King Hendrick killed at Lake George, Sept. 1755 N.Y. State Historical MarkerMap (db m57269) HM
7New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — 1 — From This Point — 40 mile route taken by Gen. Herkimer Aug. 3-6, 1777 —
40 mile route taken by Gen. Herkimer Aug. 3-6, 1777 for the relief of Fort Stanwix. The Battle of Oriskany Aug. 6, between Herkimer's men and St. Leger with his Indians was the turning point of the Revolution. From this point General . . . Map (db m75330) HM WM
8New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Gen. Nicholas Herkimer
Dedicated to the Memory of Gen. Nicholas Herkimer Revolutionary War Hero of The Mohawk ValleyMap (db m66088) WM
9New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — General Nicholas Herkimer
Gen. Nicholas Herkimer Died Aug. 17, 1777. Ten days after the battle of Oriskany, in which engagement he received wounds which caused his deathMap (db m66096) HM
10New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — General Nicholas Herkimer Monument
[Text on the North side of the memorial]: Herkimer [Text on the West side of the memorial]: Erected by the State of New York. 1896 [Text on the South side of . . . Map (db m57318) HM
11New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — General Nicholas Herkimer's Mansion
Featured Text on Marker: Peace following the French and Indian War (1756-1763) provided security on the frontier, and in 1764, Nicholas Herkimer constructed the Georgian style mansion you see here. The house remained in the Herkimer . . . Map (db m75328) HM
12New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Herkimer Home State Historic Site
Ambushed at Oriskany, General Nicholas Herkimer rallied and saved his nearly routed militia despite being wounded. An instant hero, he was carried to his home where he died on August 16, 1777.Map (db m66098) HM
13New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Herkimer Homestead Cemetery
The grave of General Nicholas Herkimer remained unmarked until 1847, when a grandnephew purchased headstones for General Herkimer, his first wife Maria, and his brother and sister-in-law, George and Alida. In 1895, the State of New York purchased . . . Map (db m65980) HM
14New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Herkimer Little-Falls Area — Historic New York
Where the Mohawk Valley narrows and pierces the ridge separating the Great Lakes from the Atlantic watershed were "The Little Falls," the first portage in travel up the river. Here lived the Canajoharie Indians, the Mohawk Upper Castle. The . . . Map (db m64986) HM
15New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Honor Roll
. . . Map (db m131127) WM
16New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — 2 — In Memory of the Men — 40 mile route taken by Gen. Herkimer Aug. 3-6, 1777 —
40 mile route taken by Gen. Herkimer Aug. 3-6, 1777 for the relief of Fort Stanwix. The Battle of Oriskany Aug. 6, between Herkimer's men and St. Leger with his Indians was the turning point of the Revolution. To the memory of the men . . . Map (db m57308) HM
17New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Italian Oven — 1891-1893
1891-1893 Italian oven used to feed Italian immigrant railroad workers building the Dolgeville to Little Falls RailroadMap (db m157628) HM
18New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Lake Shore Limited Wreck
Site of New York Central Lake Shore Limited wreck of April 19, 1940 Erected by Gulf Curve Chapter, NRHS, in memory of 31 who died and those who labored to rescue survivors. Map (db m11351) HM
19New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, . . . Map (db m138674) HM WM
20New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Little Falls — Water Power for Sale/A Valley Corridor/Historic Sites and Community Services
Water Power for Sale The Little Falls of the Mohawk have been providing power for local mills and factories since 1770. An Industrial Center Over the centuries workers in Little Falls have created woolen and cotton knit . . . Map (db m131349) HM
21New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Mohawk River
Since roads were few and were usually poorly maintained, lakes, rivers, and steams became the highways of colonial America. The Mohawk River is a natural break in the Appalachian Mountain chain that runs from Maine to Georgia. It links the Hudson . . . Map (db m75974) HM
22New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Mohawk Upper Castle
Mohawk Upper Castle Archeological Site has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of . . . Map (db m57270) HM
23New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Nicholas Herkimer
In 1760, Johan Jost Herkimer deeded 500 acres, including valuable river frontage, to his eldest son Nicholas. Nicholas kept the south portage road open to the carrying place and probably provided wagons, draft animals, and labor to unload the . . . Map (db m65981) HM
24New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — 8 — Revolution in the Mohawk Valley — Herkimer Home State Historic Site
During the American Revolution, almost half of the military actions in New York State occurred along the strategic corridor of the Mohawk Valley. In 1777 British, Native American and Loyalist battalions attacked from the west and north. Defeats at . . . Map (db m66016) HM
25New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Route of the Little Falls Canal
Route of the Little Falls Canal Completed November 17, 1795 to bypass the rapids of the Mohawk River. Erected November 17, 1995 Mohawk Valley Heritage CorridorMap (db m43090) HM
26New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Shaping the City — A Family Legacy
The Burrell family were leading businessmen in Little Falls for generations. Their work as cheese producers, brokers, and suppliers helped to make this city a national center for the dairy industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. . . . Map (db m131233) HM
27New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Site of The Battle of Oriskany — August 6, 1777 — Historic New York —
Oriskany Battlefield (Eight miles west of Utica)           The Battle of Oriskany was one of the bloodies engagements of the American Revolution. British and Indians here ambushed the Tryon County militia as they were marching to the relief of . . . Map (db m75970) HM
28New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — The Bateau
          The bateau (French word for boat) was the favored type of watercraft used to navigate the inland streams, rivers and lakes of New York in the 1700’s. As roads were few and those that were built were hard to travel due to ruts after rain, . . . Map (db m75976) HM
29New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — The Cheese Business — Supplying the Demand
Over two hundred cheese-makers regularly attended the Little Falls cheese market on Ann St. Most of the cheese factories were located in Herkimer County north of the Mohawk River. Competition was brisk, so the highest prices were often paid. The . . . Map (db m131230) HM
30New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — The Italian Community Bake Oven — 1891-1893 — Listed on State and National Registers of Historic Places —
Alfred Dolge, area industrialist, used 50 teams of horses to import material to his Dolgeville manufacturing complex, 10 miles north of Little Falls. In 1891 realizing the potential economic benefit of a railroad connection between Dolgeville . . . Map (db m157632) HM
31New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — The Palatines
In 1710, nearly 3,000 Palatines came to the colony of New York. Originally from an area in southwestern Germany known as the Lower Palatinate, they were displaced when the French attacked and destroyed their lands. They first fled to Holland, then . . . Map (db m75322) HM
32New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — The Street Cheese Market — "Little Falls is the Greatest Place for Cheese"
"The farmers bring in that article of consumption every Monday and so great is the rush that the police of the place are on duty all the time to preserve order and keep the streets free from obstruction. The cheese is shipped from here to New York . . . Map (db m131228) HM
33New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — The World's Best Cheddar — Herkimer County Cheese
In the years after the Civil War, nearly half of all the cheese made in America came from New York State. The best came from Herkimer County cows that grazed on the limestone rich pastures of this region. Local cheese-makers were able to capture . . . Map (db m131222) HM
34New York (Herkimer County), Little Falls — Window on the Past
Main Street has always been the place to go in Little Falls for the necessities of life whether it’s something for the home, something to eat, or something to wear. Look east on Main Street from this sign(on your right) and you can still see the . . . Map (db m131128) HM
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Jul. 6, 2022