Herkimer is the small town right next to Mohawk, NY on the other side of the Mohawk River.

Herkimer is a village in Herkimer County, New York, United States, about 13 miles (21 km) southeast of Utica. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 7,743 people.[1] The village is named after the Herkimers, Palatine German immigrants who settled in this area in 1723. The most notable one was Nicholas Herkimer, a general of the Tryon County militia, who died from wounds received at the Battle of Oriskany in theAmerican Revolutionary War.

The village is located within the Town of Herkimer, and together they are referred to as “The Herkimers”. In fact, the citizens of the village are served by three political entities of the same name: the village of Herkimer, the town of Herkimer and the county of Herkimer. (Citizens of New York County share a similar distinction.) The village is the county seat for the county of Herkimer.

Herkimer County Community College, located in the northwest part of the village, was founded in 1966 by the Herkimer County Board of Supervisors.

The name of the village was changed to Herkimer when the New York Surveyor-General Simeon DeWitt accidentally reversed the town name of German Flatts with Herkimer when he made his survey in 1788. It was decided it was easier to change the town names than to change his survey. German Flatts is now on the south shore of the Mohawk.[citation needed]

By 1797, the village had a courthouse, jail, and the Reformed Dutch Church, and about 40 houses and a population of about 250. The village was incorporated in 1807. Its charter was amended in 1832 to enlarge the village. In 1875, the village dispensed with its special charter and organized the village under the state law of the time.



FAILED SCHOOL MERGERS–were the theme of 2012.

With funding for schools on the decline in New York State, a major push has been made by educators and leaders of the community to consolidate school systems. Their goals are to provide their children with the best education possible. In this day and age, many of the towns are struggling to afford their sports programs in addition to other major educational programs on the brink of disintegration if the towns don’t unite and form a larger, better school.

In 2012, Herkimer, Mohawk, Ilion and Frankfort attempted to merge school systems. Frankfort was the only one of the three to disagree.

In 2012, Herkimer, Mohawk and Ilion attempted to merge. All three passed the initiative and appeared headed towards an exciting future. One more vote loomed in order for the towns to merge.

In 2012,  Herkimer, Mohawk and Ilion attempted to merge. This time merger vote fails—Ilion & Mohawk voters approve, but Herkimer rejects proposal by 172 votes.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, Ilion and Mohawk voters approved the proposed three-school merger, but Herkimer voters rejected the proposal. Following are the results by district:

Ilion:    1260 YES    788 NO

Mohawk:    1024 YES    537 NO

Herkimer :   1174 YES  1346 NO

With Herkimer’s failure to approve the proposal, the merger process now stops. Under current State Education regulations, Herkimer residents have the option to revote as early as Oct. 19, 2013. In the meantime, the districts will continue to operate as individual districts.

“The communities have clearly spoken. We need to move forward,” said Ilion Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra.

Mr. Tangorra said the Ilion and Mohawk boards of education will now look at any and all options available to preserve their academic and extracurricular programs.

“This merger process began with and remains about kids. We will do whatever we can to provide them with the education they need for success in college and the workplace,” said Mr. Tangorra.

Now Ilion and Mohawk are attempting to regroup and merge by themselves.

In the year 2012, both the town of Frankfort and the town of Herkimer, killed positive educational movements for the Mohawk Valley with the “small town thinking”.

Amongst the reasons that were given were: fear of housing prices dropping to Herkimer because it would have a middle school, father’s complained that their sons would not be able to make the football team, fear that New York State would not keep their promise for funding opportunities, fear of taxes being raised etc.

But most importantly the fear of change.

In the mid-20th century, the disparaging epithet “Herkimer Jerkimer,” referring to the name of the village, developed currency in larger cities, particularly in New York City. Its meaning is essentially the same as “yokel”.

Well, thanks to 1346 people in the town that stopped intellectual progress in 2012, Herkimer is “Jerkimer” once again.

In the mid-20th century, the disparaging epithet “Herkimer Jerkimer,” referring to the name of the village, developed currency in larger cities, particularly in New York City. Its meaning is essentially the same as “yokel”


Herkimer Diamond from Herkimer, New York USA

Herkimer diamonds are not really diamonds.

They are actually doubly terminated quartz crystals.

They are called diamonds because they come out of the host rock completely formed & look like they have been cut & polished like a diamond.

Perfectly formed, very hard, clear, gem-like quartz crystal in vug in gray rock matrix.

Herkimer diamonds” look like they have been cut & polished but they form naturally in holes inside rocks in the area near the town of Herkimer, New York.