Fort Ticonderoga and Amtrak Turn Rails to Wheels With a New Shuttle Service in Ticonderoga

DCIM100MEDIAGuests to Ticonderoga arriving by train aboard America’s National Railroad Passenger Corporation’s (Amtrak) Adirondack Train will now be able to hop on to Fort Ticonderoga’s new shuttle service thanks in part to Amtrak support.  Beginning on Friday May 22, 2015 (Memorial Day weekend), shuttle service will pick up guests arriving to Ticonderoga from both the north and southbound Amtrak trains where they will be transported to Ticonderoga’s Best Western Plus Inn and Suites and the Fort Ticonderoga museum campus. The service will be provided free of charge to Amtrak travelers through September 7, 2015. For more information, call Fort Ticonderoga at 518-585-2821.

The 2015 season marks the fourth year of Fort Ticonderoga and Amtrak’s partnership.  The Ticonderoga Train station located at Fort Ticonderoga has been a popular stop for guests along Amtrak’s Adirondack line. This year, Amtrak will offer one free companion rail fare with the purchase of one regular adult rail fare, on the state supported Adirondack line to and from Fort Ticonderoga, New York, now through October 31, 2015.  Participating travelers will also receive a buy one/get one free discount on daily admission to Fort Ticonderoga.

Amtrak customers simply need to purchase tickets a minimum of 3 days in advance. Fare discount will be automatically applied when qualifying travel is selected. The Northbound Adirondack operates daily between New York City and Montreal, departing New York Penn Station at 8:15 am arriving in Ticonderoga at 1:22 pm. The Southbound Adirondack departs Montreal at 10:20 am, arriving in Ticonderoga at 3:18 pm.

“The partnership with Amtrak will enable Fort Ticonderoga to continue to reach a broader destination market from New York City to Montreal. We are particularly pleased to be able to provide transportation for guests arriving at the train station during the 2015 tourism season,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Connecting guests visiting Ticonderoga to hotels and destination experiences is vital to growing our tourism economy. Fort Ticonderoga is very pleased to take this leadership role in welcoming guests to the Town of Ticonderoga and orienting them to the many experiences offered on our beautiful museum campus and in our community.”

“Amtrak is pleased to partner with Fort Ticonderoga and the New York State Department of Transportation to help connect train passengers with this unique American heritage site,” said Deb Sanderson, Amtrak Marketing & Sales manager.  “Better access to this and other local attractions can help stimulate tourism and other economic benefits.”

“Providing shuttle service directly between the Amtrak station and Fort Ticonderoga will allow North Country travelers to connect more easily with the history and beauty of Fort Ticonderoga,” said New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald.  “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo uses investments in transportation to enhance mobility and economic development.  This initiative is one more example of that important work.”

Every day is an event and every year is a new experience at Fort Ticonderoga. This year, discover 1756 from the French perspective and explore the front line of New France. Opening for the 106th season on Saturday, May 9, Fort Ticonderoga’s daily programming will bring to life this epic story through tours, new exhibits, soldier’s life programs, historic trades, gardens, hands-on family programs, and Carillon boat tours.

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Regional Students win Awards at New York State History Day

JBD_1541aTwo projects by North Country students won special prizes at New York State History Day held in Cooperstown, New York, on Monday, April 27. Ben Caito and Liam Sayward, homeschool students from the Plattsburgh area won the Hanaford Mills Museum’s Power of Rural History Award and Mackenzie Strum from Ticonderoga High School won the American Labor Studies Award.

Over 400 students participated at New York State History Day, part of the National History Day program that begins with regional contests around the state. North Country History Day includes students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Warren counties and is held at Fort Ticonderoga each March. Winners at the regional level advance to compete in Cooperstown. Winners at the state level advance to National History Day held in College Park, Maryland, each June.

Ben Caito from Jay, NY and Liam Sayward from Peru, NY competed in the Senior Group Performance category with “Let the Future Tell the Truth.” They won the Hanford Mills Museum’s Power of Rural History Award for an outstanding entry that explores the impact of ingenuity, entrepreneurship, technology, and/or natural resources on rural life. Hanford Mills generates powerful messages about the effect of technological changes on community life, especially the impact of energy and technology on rural communities. The museum explores technological innovation, for example, how processes change even as products and services remain the same.

Mackenzie Strum competed in the Senior Individual Performance category with “Frances Perkins: The Woman behind the New Deal.” She won the American Labor Studies Award for an outstanding entry on labor history in the United States presented by the American Labor Studies Center at the Kate Mullany National Historic Site and sponsored by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Students from Moriah Central School, Peru Junior High School, Peru Senior High School, and St. Mary’s School (Ticonderoga) also represented the region at New York State History Day on April 27.

National History Day is the nation’s leading program for history education in schools. The program annually engages 2 million people in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, research papers, and website designs. They may enter in competition at the regional, state, and national level. Participants include students in grades 6-8 in the Junior Division and grades 9-12 in the Senior Division. National History Day also provides educational services to students and teachers, including a summer internship program, curricular materials, internet resources, and annual teacher workshops and training institutes. Fort Ticonderoga hosts teacher workshops about History Day each fall in the North Country and Regional Coordinator Rich Strum is available to meet with teachers at their schools to introduce the program. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal in 2011, “Students who participate in National History Day—actually a year-long program that gets students in grades 6-12 doing historical research—consistently outperform their peers on state standardized tests, not only in social studies but in science and math as well.”

Teachers and students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Warren counties interested in participating in North Country History Day during the 2015-16 school year should contact Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga Director of Education and North Country Regional Coordinator for New York State History Day, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or at (518) 585-6370.

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Register for Fort Ticonderoga’s Twentieth Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War

Fort Ticonderoga presents the opportunity to attend the Twentieth Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War May 15-17, 2015. This annual conference focuses on the French & Indian War in North America (1754-1763), bringing together a panel of distinguished historians from around the country and beyond. The War College takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required. The registration deadline for this seminar is Friday May 8, 2015.

War College“Begun in 1996, the War College of the Seven Years’ War has become one of the country’s premier seminars on the French & Indian War,” said Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Education. “It features a mix of new and established scholars in an informal setting for a weekend of presentations related to the military, social, and cultural history of the French & Indian War. An enthusiastic audience of nearly 200 people represents all levels of interest, from general lovers of history to scholars.”

The cost of the program is $155. There are discounts available for Members of Fort Ticonderoga. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org by clicking on “Education” and selecting “Workshops and Seminars” on the drop down menu. Printed copies are available by calling (518) 585-2821. Contact Rich Strum, Director of Education, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org if you have any questions.

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Spend the Day at Fort Ticonderoga! 2015 Season Begins Saturday, May 9

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Experience Fort Ticonderoga on land and water during the 2015 season, beginning on Saturday, May 9. Fort Ticonderoga is a multi-day family destination that encourages visitors to build their perfect adventure in America’s most historic landscape. Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience. It is the only site in the world that tells a new story each year through dynamic historical interpretation. This year is 1756 at Fort Ticonderoga; a fundamental year in the construction of the Fort and the jardin du Roi (King’s Garden). Guests will discover 1756 from the French perspective and explore how it took an empire to sustain and fight for a continent.

Daily programming will bring to life this epic story through new programs and exhibits, living history weekends, special events, gardens, the Carillon Battlefield hiking trail, canoe rentals, Mount Defiance, hands-on family activities, and most recent to this experience—daily boat tours aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s new 60 ft. cruise boat, the Carillon.

“Fort Ticonderoga is a family destination and a center for learning. A visit is an interactive, multi-faceted experience,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO. “It’s exploring the beautiful gardens, finding adventure in our events, marching with the Fife and Drum Corps, and learning about a historic trade. Visitors can engage in a number of interactive experiences as they walk through the restored Fort, immerse themselves in the history of Lake Champlain on a boat tour, and spend an afternoon in our exhibit galleries exploring our premier collections.”

2015 Highlights:

Carillon BoatEnjoy Fort Ticonderoga from the water aboard the Carillon! The 60-foot, 49-passenger tour boat Carillon offers daily tours around the Ticonderoga Peninsula. Set between the Green and Adirondack Mountains, tours on the Carillon explore not only the epic 18th-century military stories, but also the maritime heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries. From the 1777 American bridge piers to remains of railroads, side-scanning sonar provides a picture of the archaeological wealth that surrounds Ticonderoga.

Experience 1756 this year! A variety of daily soldier’s activities, tours, musket demos, Fife and Drum Corps performances, and special family programming will immerse guests in the story of this remarkable year of when Ticonderoga was the front line of New France.

$DSC_9287Step into the shoe maker’s shop and tailor’s shop to explore how Fort Carillon served as a major supply depot producing the shoes and clothing that shaped French uniforms in 1756. With needle and thread or awl and bristle discover what kinds of supplies were used to protect soldiers from the elements at this front-line outpost. From tree to timber and beam to building, watch carpentry in action as French soldiers use hand tools to recreate real buildings from 1756.

Fort Ticonderoga features four new exhibits: 1756: The Front Line of New France, Iron & Stone: Building Fort Carillon, Object Lessons: Perspectives on Material Culture and Diorama-Rama: History in Miniature. The South Barracks has been the museum’s primary exhibition space and has undergone a complete redesign to celebrate its re-opening in 2015. The building encompasses three stories and nearly 10,000 square feet of gallery space covering topics from prehistory to the 20th century.

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The beautiful King’s Garden, one of North America’s oldest gardens and the largest public garden in the Adirondack-Lake Champlain region, is now open all season and offers several new garden-related programs for children and adults as well as daily tours. Guests will roll up their sleeves and dig into Fort Ticonderoga’s centuries of horticulture in the formal Colonial Revival garden and five additional plots in the Discovery Gardens. A new interactive Soldiers’ Gardening program welcomes visitors to help tend the gardens alongside French soldiers as they grow rows of vital vegetables to supplement their issued rations of bread, pork, and dried peas. Gardening: Then and Now will encourage visitors to sow and hoe with an early 20th-century interpreter portraying one of the Pell family’s personal gardeners, and learn how gardening supported the family throughout the era of reconstruction.

cornmazeThe Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure, the popular family activity, will continue in its fifth year with a new design for 2015.  Guests will find new clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s history while they explore a six-acre corn maze. Hidden in the maze are 8 stations, each representing a component of the 18th-century fort. Players are given a Quest Card to collect a stamp from each station.  It takes perseverance and skill to find all of the objects and is great fun for all ages. The corn maze opens August 14 and is included with general admission.

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Visit Mount Defiance to witness a birds-eye view of Fort Ticonderoga’s epic military landscape and discover how this summit shaped America’s history! Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour is offered daily at 4 pm.

Recreation activities will highlight Fort Ticonderoga’s rich historic landscape in 2015! A family scavenger hunt will be part of the hiking trail winding around Carillon Battlefield. The trail offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to explore epic history and natural beauty, and the canoe rental program provides a unique perspective of Fort Ticonderoga’s history from the stunning waters of Lake Champlain.

Hours and Admission:

Fort Ticonderoga is open daily from May 9 through November 1, 2015 from 9:30 am until 5 pm. General admission tickets to Fort Ticonderoga can be purchased online at www.fortticonderoga.org or on site at the admissions booth upon entry. Members of Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Resident Ambassador Pass holders are admitted free of charge. Combination tickets for Fort Ticonderoga admission and Carillon boat cruises are available. Two-day admission tickets to Fort Ticonderoga are also available at a discounted rate.

Funding for the 2015 season is provided in part by Amtrak.  Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer!

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Bring Home a Piece of Fort Ticonderoga

The Fort Ticonderoga Museum Store offers a wide variety of specialty products for children, youths, and adults and is considered the best history book store in the region. There is no better way to end your Fort Ticonderoga visit than by browsing through our Museum store and taking your epic historical experience home with you with a unique piece of memorabilia. If you find that your day has flown by with all of the great activities and programs Fort Ticonderoga has to offer, and you just don’t have time to stop by our store, have no fear! Now, you can shop in our online store which features selected products from the Museum Store (www.fortticonderoga/shop). Keep in mind, however, that not every item that is sold in our Museum Store is available online – you may just have to plan another visit to fully take advantage! General admission tickets to Fort Ticonderoga can be purchased online or on site at the admissions booth upon entry. Members of Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Resident Ambassadors Pass Holders are admitted free of charge.

Enjoy fabulous gifts for yourself and others and support America’s Fort! All proceeds support Fort Ticonderoga’s mission to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history.

Below are just a few examples of what you can find online and in the Fort Ticonderoga Museum Store:

A FAVORITE PLACE OF RESORT FOR STRANGERS: THE KING’S GARDEN AT FORT TICONDEROGA

A-Favorite-Place-of-Resort-for-StrangersThe Pavilion grounds are most significant for their long, continuous history as a well-documented, cultivated landscape. Follow the evolution of the garden and grounds through the 19th and 20th century, whose power is in the intertwining of landscape and history. Lucinda Brockway thoroughly documents the changing landscape through historical accounts, on-site studies, and oral history, including the contributions of the Pell family who began a legacy of preservation and stewardship at Fort Ticonderoga. Early tourism, the Pavilion, the King’s Garden and the roles of landscape architect Marian Coffin and others are presented in a lively social and historical context.

This book is a perfect way to develop an in-depth understanding of the layers of history incorporated into the King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga. Read this, then enjoy a peaceful morning stroll in the garden where you’ll enjoy the fragrant and vibrant beauty of the walled colonial revival garden built in the 1920’s. Explore our Discovery Gardens including our newest cut flower garden and roll up your sleeves to discover Fort Ticonderoga’s centuries of horticulture history! Take time to relax in our gazebo located on the lawn in front of the historic Pavilion, the 19th-century Pell family home, to enjoy the pristine landscape and stunning lake views overlooking Vermont’s Green Mountains and Mount Independence.

LIMITED EDITION REPRODUCTION 18TH-CENTURY PUNCH BOWL

Bowl-outsideThis special punch bowl commemorates General Jeffrey Amherst’s successes in North America during the French & Indian War and is based on fragments found at Fort Ticonderoga during its restoration a century ago. Made by master potter Michele Erikson and decorated in the Fazackerly pattern, this special number reproduction is limited to only six bowls.

This special collection item will be even more appreciated after a visit to our unique museum exhibit, Pottery, Pork, and Pigeon: The 18th-Century Menu at Fort Ticonderoga.  This exhibit highlights artifacts recovered from the site during the Fort’s reconstruction in the 20th century. Fragments of glassware, shattered ceramics, bones and shells shed light on the diet of colonial and Revolutionary soldiers. Imported plates were not just for the officers, the range of objects uncovered at Fort Ticonderoga shows that even common soldiers had access to goods made in Europe, Asia, and North America. Likewise their diets, although monotonous could range from salted beef, to wild pigeon, to shellfish from Lake Champlain.

HANDMADE MAPLE FIFE

maplefifeEnjoy playing a fun tune on this handmade maple fife created by Cooperman Fifes. The fife is a simple, high-pitched member of the flute family, which came to the New World as a military instrument with European soldiers and a folk instrument with settlers.

After touring through over 10,000 square feet of gallery space, listen to stirring tunes of Fort Ticonderoga’s Fife and Drum Corps. Explore how drumbeats, trilling fifes and songs created an 18th-century world of military music. By the end of the performance, it will be difficult to pass up the opportunity to purchase a Fife of your own!

KEEP MONTCALM TEE

SONY DSC“Keep Montcalm and Carillon” is our creative version of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan in honor of Fort Ticonderoga’s General Montcalm and the Carillon battlefield.

Sport this T-shirt during Fort Ticonderoga’s July 18 – 19 re-enactment, Montcalm’s Cross: the 1758 Battle of Carillon, and stand with the loyal and courageous French soldiers that defended the French lines against all odds. Discover how 257 years ago, the Battle of Carillon sealed the reputation of Ticonderoga for generations to come, and meet the British and Provincial soldiers who gave their all to drive the French from the rocky peninsula and fortress of Ticonderoga.

GUNPOWDER TIGHTLY ROLLED GREEN TEA

large_Loose-Tea-1In 18th-century British America, tea was an expensive, exotic import, first popular with more wealthy colonists, then with the middle classes as well. According to mercantile records, various grades of gunpowder tea were a common import to America.

This fine tea is full of refreshing lemon and light vegetable flavors, an excellent tea for everyday brewing. Its strong visual resemblance to the gun powder used for soldier’s ammunition will serve as a reminder of Fort Ticonderoga’s one-of-a-kind musket demonstrations. Museum interpretative staff members portray professional French soldiers that keep a cool head to load, aim, and fire muskets to hold this strategic ground. Though the tea pearls do unfurl on immersion in water, it’s unlikely that a cup will cause you any friendly fire.

FORT TICONDEROGA: KEY TO A CONTINENT

SONY DSCFort Ticonderoga recently reprinted Fort Ticonderoga: Key to a Continent by Edward P. Hamilton in a 50th-anniversary edition. This classic history of Fort Ticonderoga was first published in 1964, and is the first publication from Ticonderoga Press, Fort Ticonderoga’s new publishing venture.

Hamilton’s Fort Ticonderoga, though somewhat dated, still brings the history of the Ticonderoga peninsula to life. The book spans from Samuel de Champlain’s arrival on the peninsula in 1609 through the restoration of the Fort by Stephen and Sarah Pell. Colonel Hamilton served as Director of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum from 1957 through his death in 1972.

Whether by Samuel de Champlain in 1609 or Ethan Allen in 1775, Ticonderoga was explored, ascended, and defended by water. Now it’s your chance to be a part of this experience! After reading Fort Ticonderoga: Key to a Continent, hop on board Fort Ticonderoga’s 60-foot, 49-passenger tour boat, the Carillon, and explore the perimeter of the Ticonderoga peninsula for yourself! In 90 minutes you can enjoy centuries of stories that floated across this ancient lake. Set between the Green and Adirondack Mountains, tours on the Carillon explore not only the epic 18th-century military stories, but also the maritime heritage of the 19th and 20th century. From the 1777 American bridge piers to remains of railroads, side-scanning sonar will allow you to literally get a picture of the archaeological wealth that surrounds Ticonderoga.

 www.fortticonderoga.org/shop

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Fort Ticonderoga’s Volunteer’s Count! Program Celebrates National Volunteer Week

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Volunteer Bonnie Sheeley receiving an award at the 2014 Annual Volunteer Reception, standing beside Fort Ticonderoga’s President and CEO, Beth Hill.

Fort Ticonderoga joins a national celebration April 12-18 to thank volunteers for their service throughout the year. Fort Ticonderoga’s volunteer rewards program, named Volunteers Count!, was initiated in 2012 and allows volunteers with eleven or more hours donated to earn a Volunteer Ambassador Pass, granting free general admission for the season in addition to other benefits that celebrate their service throughout the year.

Fort Ticonderoga volunteers gave more than 10,000 hours in 2014 in areas including interpretation, horticulture, education, development, collections, and buildings and grounds. In 2014, 16 volunteers reached the “platinum” award level by dedicating more than 51 hours of service.

“Volunteers are a critical part of the Fort Ticonderoga team,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “They bring vision and skills to our programs and serve in a variety of areas across our entire learning campus. We are so very grateful for their support; it has such a major impact on our educational mission and reach.”

New volunteers are welcome to apply to the program which offers numerous and enriching volunteer opportunities. Volunteer information and applications are available at http://www.fortticonderoga.org/join-support/volunteer or by calling 518-585-2821.

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The French are Rowing to Fort Ticonderoga!

Experience an immersive living history event at Fort Ticonderoga highlighting the return of French soldiers to Carillon (now called Fort Ticonderoga). On Saturday May 9 through Sunday May 10, visitors will step into New France in 1756 as French soldiers return by boats from posts down Lake Champlain. This event will kick off the 2015 season at Fort Ticonderoga and capture the site’s epic story on land and water. Event tickets are included with daily admission. Two-day admission ticket discounts apply. Members of Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass holders, and children age 4 and under are free. For more information, call 518-585-2821 or visit French on Lakefortticonderoga.org

“‘Before Long We Would Have Reinforcements’ Living History Event will trace the footsteps of French soldiers as they struggle to guard the unfinished earth, stone, and log walls of Fort Carillon in the midst of  construction,” said Stuart Lilie, Senior Director of Interpretation at Fort Ticonderoga. “This event is designed to be a rich experience for both participants and visitors alike.  It will investigate the situation and factors that brought a French army across an ocean and up the lakes and rivers through the wilderness of Canada. Visitors will see the French army pull their oars through the waves of Lake Champlain to join their comrades at Carillon anxiously awaiting the return of reinforcements.”

Saturday morning, with a small flotilla of bateaux, Fort Ticonderoga interpretative staff and re-enactors will row and sail their way up Lake Champlain to arrive by 2:00 pm at Fort Ticonderoga. This is a recreation of the final stride of French soldiers travelling to Carillon, just as it happened on May 9, 1756.

Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience. It is the only site in the world that tells a new story each year through dynamic historical interpretation. This year is 1756 at Fort Ticonderoga; a fundamental year in the construction of the Fort and the jardin du Roi (King’s Garden). Guests will discover 1756 from the French perspective and explore how it took an empire to sustain and fight for a continent. Daily programming will bring to life this epic story through tours, soldier’s life programs, historic trades, soldier’s gardening, hands-on family programs, museum exhibitions, and daily boat tours aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s new 60 ft. cruise boat, the Carillon.

Click here to view the Visitor Schedule.

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A Layered Legacy: Fort Fever Series Program April 19 provides a new perspective of the King’s Garden

Fort Ticonderoga launches its final “Fort Fever Series” of 2015 with a special presentation by Assistant Director of Interpretation, Cameron Green, who will provide a sneak peek into all of the new ground being broken in the King’s Garden for the 2015 season, as well as some of the great structures and stories recently uncovered. The program takes place on Sunday, April 19 at 2 pm in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga. The cost for the program is $10 per person and will be collected at the door; free for Members of Fort Ticonderoga.

Cameron Green, Assistant Director of Interpretation, has been a member of Fort Ticonderoga staff since 2011. He has incorporated his wealth of expertise in 18th-century studies into modern horticulture, providing a dynamic perspective to the King’s Garden. “This program explores the Pell family’s purchase of Fort Ticonderoga in the early 19th century, and outlines the growth and development of the landscape over the next 200 years” says Green. “We will walk the grounds to discover the continuing story of Ticonderoga, after the guns had ceased firing. ‘A Layered Legacy’ will outline the flowering of agriculture, tourism, and hospitality as told through the King’s Garden.”

This program will reveal the important story of Fort Ticonderoga’s landscape and define how the campus will grow and develop for generations to come. One day prior to “A Layered Legacy” is the Fourth Annual Garden and Landscape Symposium, which focuses on practical, easy-to-implement strategies for expanding and improving your garden or landscape. To learn more, call 518-585-2821 or visit fortticonderoga.org/visit/calendar-events.

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Scout Overnight Program Offered at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga is pleased to announce the return of the immersive overnight program for Scouts during the spring and fall of 2015. Scouts can book their adventure for Saturday nights May 16th through June 6th and August 29th through October 24th. This offer is available for Boy Scout troops and Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.

“Imagine your troop being able to garrison Fort Ticonderoga overnight!” said Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Education Rich Strum. “Give your scouts an experience they’ll never forget—a rare chance to spend the night at Fort Ticonderoga.”

168227_10151454502129033_1428908658_nScouts arrive in mid-afternoon and are immediately thrust into the life of a soldier at Ticonderoga in 1775. They’ll participate in the “Planting the Tree of Liberty” program and then have the opportunity to explore Fort Ticonderoga and embark on adventures specifically suited to their interests.

Scouts can rent a canoe to discover the historic La Chute waterway, hike Carillon Battlefield Trail, and witness a birds-eye view of America’s Fort from Mount Defiance. New to this adventure is a chance to explore Lake Champlain on the Carillon boat tour. Scout Programs scheduled in the fall will also have the opportunity to explore the six-acre corn maze in a new 2015 design created for Fort Ticonderoga.

“Scouts will establish their overnight camp, gather firewood, and learn how to start a fire with flint and steel,” said Stuart Lilie, Senior Director of Interpretation. “They will assist with the preparation of the evening meal while learning about 18th-century cooking. After cleanup, Fort Ticonderoga Interpretative staff will lead scouts on an evening hike over the historic landscape before they settle in for the night. In the morning, scouts again help with starting the fire and fixing breakfast just as soldiers did at the 18th-century fort. Once the site opens for visitors, scouts can explore the fort, museum, and King’s Garden on their own before concluding their adventure.”

Participants have the option of setting up their own tents on the historic grounds or, if numbering 16 or fewer scouts and adults, spending the night in the Soldiers’ Barracks.

A cost of $700 for 16 or fewer scouts and adults or $1000 for up to 30 scouts and adults includes admission and special program fees as well as the evening and morning meals prepared over a camp fire. Additional fees may apply.

For additional information about this and other programs available for scout groups during the 2015 season, click on the “Education” tab, and select “Scouting” in the drop-down menu. To make a reservation, contact Nancy LaVallie, Group Tour Coordinator, at 518-585-2821 or at nancy@fort-ticonderoga.org.

 

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Spring Ahead of Opening Season!

Yes, it’s true. Spring is finally here! The morning routine of layering up, strapping on our boots, and warming up our cars is officially a practice of the past. Although winter is making an attempt to linger here in the Adirondacks, it won’t be long before our quiet woods are greeted with the return of the first migratory songbirds, like the red-winged blackbirds and song sparrows.  The ice fishing tents on Lake Champlain will be replaced by boats and jet skis, and Fort Ticonderoga will at last be open for the season! It’s important to keep in mind that although Fort Ticonderoga is open for daily operation May through October, there is no such thing as an “off-season”. There are a remarkable number of opportunities to take advantage of during the winter and spring at this museum campus. Already there have been three Winter Workshops, three Fort Fevers and two Living History Events! Let’s not forget the elegant Ti Ball and student-driven North Country History Day!

Alike to winter, there’s nothing lackluster about spring at Fort Ticonderoga. If some of you just can’t wait until May 9th for the campus to officially open, here is a list of the opportunities you can take advantage of prior to daily operation:

tradesworkshops-womenWinter Workshop Series: Women’s Clothing Accessories (April 11 – April 12)

This is a continuation of a series of workshops that began at the start of winter’s arrival. Join Jenna Schnitzer to learn about patterning, materials and construction for 18th-century women’s clothing accessories. Perfect your portrayal with mitts, caps, bonnets, and pockets. Discover interesting details of these garments as well as how to build and wear your own. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the “behind-the-scenes” aspects of the 18th century and learn the fine-tuning of its reproduction in the present.

For more information, get in touch with Fort Ticonderoga’s Senior Director of Interpretation, Stuart Lilie, at SLilie@fort-ticonderoga.org. Advanced registration is required.

Fourth Annual Garden and Landscape Symposium (April 18)

This is a true sign of spring. Whether you’re an advanced gardener or just getting started, this program will bring out the “green thumb connoisseur” in everyone. Fort Ticonderoga’s Fourth Annual Garden and Landscape Symposium will have four speakers, all with specific expertise related to gardening in northern climates.  Speakers and sessions include:

  • DCIM100MEDIAThe Healing Garden: Traditional Medicinals for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” by Nancy Scarzello
  • “Save the Monarchs! Native Plants for Native Pollinators” by Emily DeBolt
  • “A Favorite Place of Resort for Strangers: The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga” by Lucinda Brockway
  • “Getting Control of Your Perennial Garden” by Amy Ivy
  • Panel Discussion with all the speakers facilitated by Master Gardener Diane O’Connor

This one-day program focuses on practical, easy-to-implement strategies for expanding and improving your garden or landscape. The programs are offered in an informal setting that encourages interaction between speakers and attendees. I can assure you that you’ll leave the day with the information you need to make a backyard disaster into a beauty show!

Fort Fever Series: Cameron Green, Assistant Director of Interpretation – “A Layered Legacy” (April 19)

KG-Beaty-2After you’ve received a plethora of gardening advice at the Fourth Annual Garden and Landscape Symposium, stick around for another day and discover the continuing story of Ticonderoga. After the guns had ceased firing, see how the flowering of agriculture, tourism, and hospitality emerged, as told through the King’s Garden. Join Assistant Director of Interpretation, Cameron Green, to get a sneak peak of all the new ground being broken for the 2015 season, as well as some of the great structures and stories recently uncovered.

Beyond Bullets and Blades (May 6)

largegunsHow heavy are the muskets, swords, and bayonets that decided the wars of the 18th century? Have you ever wondered how they were made? Beyond Bullets and Blades is a unique experience; an opportunity to go beyond the exhibition case to examine and handle original 18th-century weapons with the supervision and knowledge of Fort Ticonderoga’s expert staff. The firearms of the 18th century were built by hand, but not the products of quaint blacksmith shops. Industrial methods were used to produce weapons by the thousands to equip soldiers across the globe. Learn how artisans in Europe and America transformed iron, brass, and wood into the weapons that decided empires and revolutions. Feel the bulk and imagine what it was like for the soldiers of the 18th century to carry these very weapons into Battle.

This specialty program is limited to 5 participants but is offered every Wednesday May – August to keep up with the demand! See calendar for specific dates of occurrence.

 Opening Season Starts with a Bang…and a Bateau!before long

“BEFORE LONG WE WOULD HAVE REINFORCEMENTS” FRENCH SOLDIERS RETURN TO REBUILD CARILLON (May 9 – May 10)

Join us for this exciting living history event and be part of Fort Ticonderoga’s 2015 opening weekend! Watch by the shoreline as French soldiers return by bateaux from winter quarters at posts down Lake Champlain in the spring of 1756. Meet the Languedoc soldiers, Canadian Troupe de la Marine, and native warriors left behind to guard this advanced post over a harrowing winter. See construction on the French fort of Carillon begin in earnest with French soldiers from the Languedoc regiment and Canadian Troupe de la Marine and milice. See the rush to get work under way with the threat of an English attack looming. Discover more about the plan and building of this famous French fort.

This two-day event is packed full of excitement for all, and marks the official beginning of the 2015 season. After your participation in all of the above, you’ll never want to leave. So, here is the full calendar of events to get you going for the warmer temperatures!

We look forward to seeing you at Fort Ticonderoga soon!

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