DescriptionWater has always been a factor in the development of the city of Little Falls. Although in the city's earliest days the falls may have created a navigational problem, they soon became a natural blessing; their presence spurred the onset of settlement in the gorge and became a source of water power. Lock #17, with a drop of 40 feet, is the largest lock on the New York State Canal System. As transportation improved, trade increased, and Little Falls soon became a stopping point between New York City and the western part of the state.
Historic Canal Place is a revitalized industrial area that includes two refurbished 19th-century stone mill buildings set amidst two parks along the Mohawk River. The area includes antique and art galleries as well as other shops and restaurants and a visual and performing arts center. An underground walkway connects Historic Canal Place with Main Street.
Of interest is the Little Falls Historical Society & Museum at 319 S. Ann St. Exhibits housed in the restored 1833 bank building include local memorabilia, genealogical files, a bank vault and Victorian clothing; phone (315) 823-0643.
ShoppingLittle Falls Antique Center, 25 W. Mill St. in Historic Canal Place, offers two floors of antiques and decorative arts displayed in an 1855 stone mill building; phone (315) 823-0240. Several art galleries also call this area home.
Self-guiding toursBrochures detailing self-guiding tours of the city's landmarks, historic areas and natural wonders are available at the Little Falls Historical Society & Museum.
Things to SeeHerkimer Home State Historic Site