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Category: Central NY

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The Herkimer Diamond

The Herkimer Diamond

Herkimer is a county and a city in Upstate New York. It’s name comes from an heroic general who dies in battle during the American Revolution (see my post about Nicolas Herkimer here and the Battle of Oriskany here). The Herkimer diamond is the common name given to a unique kind of quartz, found in […]

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The Living History Weekend, German Flatts, NY

The Living History Weekend, German Flatts, NY

This event in German Flatts is held every autumn, next to the historic Fort Herkimer Church. On the day of our visit, drenching rains kept us from enjoying the reenactments. But it didn’t keep us from exploring the area, the church of our ancestors, and of meeting some terrific people.

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Happy Birthday, Fort Stanwix!

Happy Birthday, Fort Stanwix!

Oh, how we love Fort Stanwix! Fort Stanwix, in Rome, NY, was built during the French and Indian War, to provide protection for “The Carry.” The Carry was a trail on dry ground between the popular waterways, Wood Creek and the Mohawk River. It was so named because settlers and traders had to hop out […]

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Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY, Part One

Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY, Part One

This museum in Syracuse is dedicated to everything Erie Canal. The museum is right on the historic banks of the Canal, and it’s housed in the old weighlock building– one of the Canal’s tolling places. So the museum has a history of its own, as well as offering a complete history of New York’s famous and nation-building Erie Canal.

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