ADAM HELMER’S RUN

Program
Legends & Lore®
Subject
Legend
Location
98 W Main St, Richfield Springs, NY 13439, USA
Lat/Long
42.8535, -74.9848
Grant Recipient
Route 20 Association of New York State
Historic Marker

ADAM HELMER’S RUN

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ADAM HELMER'S RUN
CROSSED RT 20 NEAR HERE
WARNING GERMAN FLATTS
OF PENDING ATTACK BY
JOSEPH BRANT'S LOYALIST AND
NATIVE FORCES SEPT 17, 1778
NEW YORK FOLKLORE
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2018

During the time of the American Revolution, Adam Helmer was a member of a small group of scouts attacked by Native Americans loyal to the British near what is now South Edmeston. He escaped and began a meandering run believed to have taken him to Schuyler Lake (Canaderago Lake) through what is now Richfield Springs on to Ft. Dayton, near present day Herkimer. It’s thought over 200 settlers were saved by his warnings. At least one person who failed to immediately heed it was killed by the raiding party. No contemporary accounts appear to exist but the story has been handed down over generations and eventually was made famous by the Walter Edmonds book, Drums Along the Mohawk. The book later became a movie with the lead role played by Henry Fonda as the character inspired by Adam Helmer.