A new beginning at the Herkimer Diamond Mines...
The Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA Resort has been an internationally-recognized tourist destination for over 30 years, attracting over 150,000 visitors per year. It is the only place in the world where you can mine for the world famous Herkimer Diamonds! The Resort occupies over 250 acres of land and offers high end lodges, tent and RV sites, along with a restaurant and café, retail center, interpretive center, educational venues, and activity centers.
Unfortunately, a major fire in October, 2017 destroyed the retail, registration, museum and interpretive components and contents of the Resort. Fortunately no one was injured in the fire, although the material loss was tremendous. We lost the restored 1861 barn that housed mine registration, the rock, gem and jewelry store, activity center and museum. The three mines at the site, along with the Miners’ Table restaurant and the KOA Resort Cabins and campground were not damaged by the fire. Through the dedication of our incredible team, we opened for business that day, and continued to operate for the hundreds of guests visiting the Mines and staying at the KOA Resort for the remainder of the 2017 season.
“A new beginning” started late last year, and we are excited to announce the initial plans for a themed Miners’ Village at the Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA Resort. The Miners’ Village will feature a new registration entry, retail store, an educational venue and a jewelry activity center. A new café, picnic area and restroom facilities will complete the Village. A highlight of the project will be relocating and restoring a local barn to be utilized as a special events venue, in an effort to recreate the historical footprint of the iconic 1861 barn that burned.
Along with the new Miners’ Village development, we will be offering enhanced lodging options this year at the KOA Resort. The KOA Resort is one of ten “Resorts” out of 500 KOAs in North America. The Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA Resort has received annual awards for customer service performance and was honored as the national property / Franchise of the Year in 2010.
The Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA Resort officially opens for the season mid-April 2018. Along with the world famous Mines, the Resorts new restaurant venue, Miners’ Table, will offer expanded opportunities and amenities. We also are expanding our Rock and Gem summer camps and enhancing our educational opportunities for our guests.
“Throughout our history of successes, challenges, and devastations, our company has benefited from the support of thousands of customers. It is with both gratitude and pride that we move forward in 2018”, said Dr. Renee’ Scialdo-Shevat, owner of the Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA Resort. “We look forward to welcoming you to the new Miners’ Village, and continuing to offer this unique, natural venue to make your next visit as memorable as your first!
The Grand Opening of the new Miners' Village is scheduled for June 15-17, 2018.