Introduction to Little Falls, New York
Little Falls, New York, in Herkimer county, is 19 miles E of Utica, New York (center to center) and 163 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. The city, which is part of the Utica - Rome metropolitan statistical area (MSA), has about 5,188 residents.
Little Falls History
The area was settled around 1723 when the necessity for a portage around the falls, led to the development of a trading center and eventually a settlement. This small community was destroyed in 1782 by the Indians and the Tories. It was settled again in 1790, and was known as "Rockton" and "Rock City". In 1792, the Western Inland Canal was constructed. The community was incorporated as the village of Little Falls in 1811, and in 1827, it was reincorporated, and was finally chartered as a city in 1895. The completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 led to the development of the area. During the later part of the 19th century, Little Falls was known as a major cheese center.
Little Falls and Nearby Attractions
- Herkimer Home State Historic Site
- Little Falls Historical Society Museum
- Canajoharie Library & Art Gallery
- Utica Zoo
- Adirondack Park
Things To Do In Little Falls
The city of Little Falls is home to General Nicholas Herkimer's estate, which is now known as the Herkimer Home State Historic Site. The Little Falls Historical Society Museum, located in the city, features memorabilia, documents, photographs, maps, and other artifacts reflecting the historical and cultural heritage of the area. Canajoharie Library & Art Gallery showcases the work of artists like Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and Edward Hopper. The Adirondack Park, which occupies 6 million acres of land, is a popular destination in the area. The city also hosts the Canal Celebration, and Mohawk Valley Garlic & Herb Festival every year.
Little Falls Transportation
Albany International Airport is the closest major airport.
Little Falls Higher Education
Nearby colleges include the Herkimer County Community College, SUNY Institute of Technology, and Mohawk Valley Community College - Utica.