Top 8 Outdoor Activities to Embark On During Your Visit

When you visit Fort Ticonderoga, you are immersing yourself in a place where America made history. Between the fort, the exhibits, and the gardens, you are able to become a part of multiple layers of history.   And for you outdoor enthusiasts, our site has even more to offer. Nestled between the Adirondack Mountains and the Green Mountains, Fort Ticonderoga is a dynamic landscape, ready for exploration! Here is a list of some of the Top Outdoor Activities for you to endeavor on during your visit to our museum campus:

  1. thumb_teachers-rowing-a-bateauExplore the Champlain! Canoe or kayak in Lake Champlain, and get an entirely new perspective of the Fort walls and the surrounding landscape. Don’t have your own boat? No problem! You can rent a canoe from us for a day or half-day from May 23 – October 12, 2015. We can give you a brochure that highlights both historical and natural features as you paddle on this beautiful body of water. Explore the shoreline and the mouth of the La Chute River nearby.

LaChute*Want a challenge? If you’re an experienced whitewater paddler, bring your kayak to the shoreline of the northern tip of Lake George where it enters into the La Chute River. Continue along the La Chute for 3.5 miles and experience class II-V+ of whitewater until you reach Lake Champlain, just southwest of Fort Ticonderoga. And if you want to take a break, halfway in you will find yourself right in the heart of the town of Ticonderoga, where you can stop for a bite at Libby’s bakery, or at any of the surrounding cuisines. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in New York are harder than the national norm, so if you’re not from around here don’t forget that many of the rivers are not very forgiving! Be sure to plan diligently, taking notice to weather conditions and water levels.

Carillon Cruise Boat*Want a more relaxing experience? Embark on an adventure that you and your family will never forget when you take a boat tour on Lake Champlain aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s touring boat.  The 60-foot, 49-passenger tour boat Carillon offers daily tours around the Ticonderoga Peninsula. 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. 

 

  1. Take a hike! Fort Ticonderoga covers nearly 2,000 acres of pristine land in the gateway to the Adirondacks. Trails allow visitors to experience the natural and historic diversity of the landscape. Exploring the site on foot allows for a unique and intimate appreciation for how the land was shaped by the generations who passed before.

large_Battlefield-Nov-2012*The Carillon Battlefield Trail offers a 1.7 mile loop through one of the most important battlefields in North America. Pick up a trail guide at the Log House and explore where empires clashed to decide the destiny of a continent. The trail begins and ends outside the Log House Welcome Center picnic area.   Be sure to pick up a hiking trail guide and Archaeology Quest Scavenger Game card at the Guest Services Desk.  Can you find all the clues along the trail? Opening in 2015, the 1756 trail will allow visitors to once again explore the land immediately south of the fort itself. Winding through what once was a small village supporting the fortress above interpretive signage will highlight how this land was used by the French army in 1756. This lightly forested land once held the camp of thousands of French soldiers, militiamen, and Native Americans as well as a veritable factory of brickyards, lime kilns, and bakeries.

Mt defiance hi res 3*Want a change of scenery? 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 each day at 4pm.  The picnic pavilion located at the summit is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy one of America’s most historic landscapes. Whether you hike up the mountain in the historic footsteps of General Burgoyne’s troops or make the easy drive to the top in your car, you’ll savor the spectacular beauty of this remarkable and historic view. A visit to this breathtaking summit is a great way to begin or end your day at Fort Ticonderoga!

unnamed*Looking to make your muscles sore? Look to your left then look to your right. We’re surrounded! Take your pick between New York’s majestic Adirondack Mountains or their beautiful neighbors—the Green Mountains of Vermont. If you’re not looking for a long drive, check out Cook Mountain, right in Ticonderoga. The summit of the mountain offers views of Lake George, the Champlain Valley, and Vermont’s Green Mountains. The waterfront offers an entirely other type of terrain for migrating waterfowl.

 

 

  1. marshsheep1Reel ‘em in! Ticonderoga is surrounded by bodies of water, whether you prefer lakes, streams, or ponds. So get your fly fishing gear, bait-casting setup, trolling equipment, or spin casting gear out and find your new favorite fishing spot near our site. Rain or shine, water or ice! Ticonderoga is the chosen destination on Lake Champlain for the best bass fishing around! The Bassmasters chose Lake Champlain as their “Champion’s Choice” site for one of their 2007 Bassmaster Elite Series bass fishing tournaments. The pros know what we’ve known for a long time and that’s that Southern Lake Champlain is a great fishery.

 

  1. Turn the wheels! We welcome cyclists here at Fort Ticonderoga. Enjoy a historical experience as you bike Road through battlefieldthrough the diverse landscape of our site. But be sure to take a break for an interpretative tour and a bite to eat at America’s Fort Café, located at the Log House Welcome Center!

*Want an extra dose of sweat and history? Take the 17 mile Fort to Fort bike tour that follows the Champlain Bikeway between Crown Point State Historic Site (right before the bridge to Vermont) and Fort Ticonderoga. Traffic is generally minimal. A recommended start/end point is at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center at the bridge. Food, lodging, and parking are avaLCBlogo133ilable in both Ticonderoga and Crown Point.

*Still not tired?!  Cyclists who ride in the Champlain Valley know it has all the right ingredients for a premier bicycle touring destination. The Lake Champlain Bikeways offer a 1,300+ mile network of bicycle routes in the Lake Champlain Valley of Vermont, New York, and Quebec. The network includes a total of 35 loops and tours ranging from 10 to 60 miles in length. For more information on routes, check out the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce web page.

 

  1. Take a look at our feathery friends! While a visit to Fort Ticonderoga is usually aimed at understanding American history, the site’s grounds can be excellent for RosebreastedGrosbeak08birding. Scarlet tanagers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and Baltimore orioles breed in the forests and field edges, as well as a variety of other species. The area is best during spring and fall migration when the brushy edges of the fields and woods can hold large mixed flocks of migrating warblers and other songbirds. Be sure to also keep an eye open for migrating raptors moving through the area in spring and fall. In the southern viewshed of Fort Ticonderoga lies Carillon Point, a 28-acre peninsula rising out of the marshy La Chute River delta. Listed as one of the top bird-watching areas in the Adirondacks by the National Audubon Society, Fort Ticonderoga Marsh provides habitat for more than a dozen species of nesting and migratory birds. So don’t forget your binoculars!

 

  1. Get your floaties out! After you’ve spent the day exploring Fort Ticonderoga and indulged tibeachin a yummy meal at the Log House Welcome Center, what better way to finish it off than a couple of hours getting some sun at the Ticonderoga beach. Located at the northern end of Lake George, Ticonderoga’s Black Point Public Beach is known for its “million dollar view”. The beach offers a spectacular view of Rogers Rock and the lake. Its natural sand bottom provides a comfortable step, free of rocks, perfect for children and adults alike. And unlike other beaches on Lake George, Black Point Beach offers free, unrestricted parking and beach use.

 

  1. Play in the snow! During the winter, Fort Ticonderoga has a variety of engaging workshops, seminars, re-enactments, Careful work with an ax shapes round logs down to square straight beams. These beams will mortised together as part of the frame for a pit saw which will allow for logs to be ripped into boards as part of soldiers' life programming.and other special events to be a part of. As you can imagine, the winter also comes along with quite a bit of snow here. Plan your weekend around one of our exciting events by checking out our calendar, but don’t forget to take advantage of your location! Whether you prefer cross-country skiing, downhill skiing/snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding, or ice skating, we’ve got you covered!

*Want to stay local? The Bicentennial Park right here in Ticonderoga is a favorite place for lighted cross country skiing, skating, snowshoeing, and tobogganing. Or, drive a few miles south of Ticonderoga to the town of Hague where you can enjoy 10 km of groomed cross-country trails at Rogers Rock Campground, the perfect place to reminisce on the 1758 Battle on Snowshoes. If you don’t get there until the evening, not a problem! The south loop (approximately 3.2 miles) is lit for night skiing until 10 pm.

  1. Go vertical! There are well over 250 climbing areas in the Adirondacks, all of whichEl Capitan, Yosemite National Park, CA. deal a very unique experience from the next. Areas such as Keene Valley and the Cascade Lakes Region offer the largest variety of climbing, allowing a climber to sample massive multi-pitch slab adventures and desperate single-pitch test-pieces within minutes of the parking lot. There are also numerous back-country crags such as Wallface, Gothics, Big Slide, and The Cranberry Lake Region that test climbers’ fortitude, patience, stamina and route-finding skills.
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Celebrate the Scot in You! Fort Ticonderoga Presents Lively Scots Day Event June 13

 

Fort Ticonderoga will present the Eighth Annual Scots Day on Saturday, June 13. The commemoration of Scottish heritage and culture, as well as their significant contributions to 18th-century North American history runs from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Tour the Scottish Clan tents and vendors to discover more about your own connection to Scottish culture, and explore the stories of centuries of Scottish soldiers in the British Army through a military timeline offered throughout the day. Daily activities also include Border Collie demonstrations and Pipe performances presented throughout the day. Experience all of this within the beautiful stone walls of Fort Ticonderoga surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the Adirondack – Lake Champlain region. Admission to Scots Day is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket. To learn more about the event, participating vendors and clans, and the full schedule visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

Special Memorial Ceremony

A special memorial ceremony honoring the 42nd Highland Regiment, also known as the Black Watch, will take place at the Scottish Cairn on the Carillon Battlefield located at Fort Ticonderoga.  The procession to the Cairn will begin at 11 am at the Log House Welcome Center. The Memorial Ceremony will take place at 11:30 am and will remember the incredible bravery and discipline of the Black Watch against insurmountable odds at the 1758 Battle of Carillon.

Bagpipe Performances

Hear the sounds of Scottish bagpipe music throughout the day as the Plattsburgh Police Pipes and Drums and The King’s Highlanders perform lively concerts on the Fort’s historic Parade Ground.

Participating Scottish Clans

  • Clan Buchanan
  • Clan Campbell
  • Clan Forbes
  • Clan Hamilton
  • Clan MacPherson
  • Clan Murray of Eastern New York
  • Clan Rose Society of America

Participating Organizations

  • St. Andrew’s Society of the Adirondacks
  • St. Andrew’s Society of the City of Albany
  • Tartan and Clan Information Tent (Peter Fish)

Black Watch Military Living History Programs

Discover the history of the Black Watch Regiment through living history programs presented throughout the day by members of a Black Watch re-enactor unit from Montreal. Highlighted programs include a living history time-line of the Regiment. The re-enacting group depicts its history from the 18th century through the early 21st century, with various members representing different significant points in the unit’s history. Learn about the incredible bravery and discipline of the Black Watch against insurmountable odds at the 1758 Battle of Carillon.

The 42nd Highland Regiment, also known as the Black Watch, played a crucial role at Ticonderoga during the Battle of Carillon on July 8, 1758. The regiment suffered over 50% casualties during the failed British assault on the French Lines at Ticonderoga during the French & Indian War. Ticonderoga continued to be an important part of the regiment’s history. During its involvement in the Iraq War, the Black Watch Regiment’s base near Basra was called “Ticonderoga.”

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Gaining Perspective from the Participants of the 1756 French Soldiers’ Row to Ticonderoga

During opening weekend on May 9 – 10 at Fort Ticonderoga, visitors stepped into New France in 1756 as French soldiers returned by bateaux from posts down Lake Champlain. This event kicked off the 2015 season at Fort Ticonderoga and captured the site’s epic story on land and water. The Living History event traced the footsteps of French soldiers as they struggled to guard the unfinished earth, stone, and log walls of Fort Carillon (now Fort Ticonderoga) in the midst of construction. It investigated the situation and factors that brought a French army across an ocean and up the lakes and rivers through the wilderness of Canada.

Three bateaux of Fort Ticonderoga interpretative staff and re-enactors were scheduled to row and sail on the morning of May 9, 2015 from Crown Point to the Ticonderoga peninsula; a total of 14 miles, just as the French soldiers did during their final stride to Carillon on May 9, 1756. The night before, they set up camp at the Crown Point State Historic Site using 18th-century style methods, tools and material. On the morning of May 9, it was established that they would be fighting prevailing winds, which would only get stronger as the day progressed.

Visitors experienced the Living History Event from the shores of Ticonderoga, unacquainted with the trials and tribulations of the Fort Ticonderoga interpretative staff and re-enactors prior to their arrival on the afternoon of May 9.

Fort Ticonderoga’s interpretative staff members have provided the first-hand perspective of their experiences recreating the French soldiers of 1756.

Getting Ready for Launch

11196250_10101412008964772_874331377375113140_n“The night we all arrived at Crown Point to camp was really exciting from a personal perspective,” said Gibb Zea, Fort Ticonderoga’s Artificer Tailor. “I was able to see the fruit of all my labors come together for an event after an entire winter of creating 1756 specific attire. We set up camp at the ruins of Fort Saint-Frédéric, on the very same ground where thousands of soldiers slept 259 years ago. This was a riveting opportunity. Just like the soldiers then, we didn’t necessarily know where we were going because there wasn’t a mapped route to follow; we just knew to go down the lake until we hit Ticonderoga.”

11053330_10101412009009682_6297764860725141801_n“Our staff members have come from across the eastern seaboard, and from a variety of different backgrounds. Some had not even stepped in a bateau before this day,” said Shaun Pekar, Fort Ticonderoga’s Artificer Shoemaker. “This was going to be a truly immersive experience that would enable all of our staff to develop a more in-depth understanding of exactly what we’re trying to interpret to the public this year. It was intentional for all of Fort Ticonderoga museum staff to be in one bateau rather than spread throughout the three – this enabled us to kick off the season with a dynamic set of team-building skills that we will be able to bring to our visitors throughout the season.”

The Row

17999_10153298990389834_6153611782957028635_n“We launched at 5:30 from Crown Point, to try to get ahead of the strong winds predicted for mid-afternoon,” said Zea. “The row itself was a great lesson in teamwork. It was a strenuous feat, but we made sure to rotate so that everyone had a break. After two to three hours, we established a good rhythm by syncing to the sound of the oars hitting the oar locks. We were running like a well-oiled machine.”

11012904_992838610728444_148467878363113216_n“Bateaux are a speedy build, but not the most watertight vessels, and certainly are not meant to last long,” said Pekar. “They were equipped with fascines (bundles of sticks) to lie across the floor of the bateaux, in order to keep soldier’s equipment dry from the inevitable water leakage. We rotated roles in our boat – some rowed while others had to continuously bail out all of the water.”

“Cameron Green (Fort Ticonderoga’s former Assistant Director of Interpretation) did a great job recreating the role as the officer. When we arrived at Crown Point the night before, we all set Cameron’s camp up for him, just as the soldiers would have done for their officers in the 18th century. He helped with the rowing, but made sure to maintain the ‘officer attitude’ and took several naps at the bow of the boat. It really felt like I was thrown back into 1756,” said Zea. “Another throwback occurred during our first break on shore, just after the first bateau of re-enactors turned back to Crown Point due to high winds,” said Zea. “Ron Videau (Fort Ticonderoga’s Assistant Military Programs Supervisor) found a piece of 18th-century pottery; indication that someone had stopped in this very spot in the 18th century.”

The Return

11143380_1587661894849893_7886558249926518264_n“As the day progressed, the winds began to really pick up. At points it got frightening – waves began to break up to the gunnels,” said Zea. “The deal breaker to turn back occurred around 12:30 pm when we realized we had just spent the last hour crossing a 150-yard bay, which should have taken only minutes. At this point we had made it about 55% of the way; it became quite clear that we wouldn’t be able to arrive to Fort Ticonderoga before dark.”

1610927_10153294605357351_8055144466010666671_n“It took 7 hours to get 6 miles and less than 2 hours to return,” said Zea. “The sail back was very relaxing; we rested our muscles and enjoyed the breeze. It was a good opportunity to reflect on the beautiful views and overall profound experience. We were pulled by another bateau that was equipped with a mast and sails. We would have put up our own sail, but we decided to toss our mast poles during the row to lighten our load. We were so determined to make it to Ticonderoga, that we also tossed our fascines and half of our drinking water (3-4 gallons).”

Overview

11229843_992793197399652_2832377924023193744_n“Trying to recreate this event exactly how it happened in 1756 is sort of like a balancing act. The schedule for the public in comparison to the way historical events went can vary at times,” said Pekar. “These are the modern limitations as museum professionals. We could have waited for the winds to die down and continued our row to Ticonderoga, but we wouldn’t have made it in time for the public. Doing these events isn’t just for us – we need to make sure that our visitors can get an insight into the soldier’s lives as well. Careful planning goes into the structure of a reenactment or living history event to ensure that both the re-enactor and the visitor get the full experience.”

“This experience was undeniably successful.  Even if the public can’t see it, it helps staff to build an understanding of a particular aspect of the 18th century,” said Pekar. “The weather may have prevented us from completing our row, but Fort Ticonderoga staff members most certainly have gained the 18th-century perspective of this event, and can be fully prepared to describe it to the public from an empirical approach.

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Fort Ticonderoga interpretative staff aboard the bateau: Nick Spadone, Ron Videau, Cameron Green, Zech Yaw, Chris Burns, Joseph (Gibb) Zea, Damian Niescior, and Shaun Pekar.

 

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Iron & Stone: Building Fort Carillon Exhibit Now Open

 

Iron&stone(1)Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s newest exhibit introduces the methods and logistics behind the construction of Fort Carillon (now Fort Ticonderoga). Using hands-on components, Iron & Stone: Building Fort Carillon allows visitors to see if they have what it takes to be a mason at Fort Carillon and experience how French masons achieved the level courses of their stonework. The exhibit is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket and is located in the South Barracks at Fort Ticonderoga. To learn more about this exhibit and related programs click here or call 518-585-2821.

Iron & Stone: Building Fort Carillon includes a full-scale reconstruction of the first walls of the fort over the winter of 1755-56, as well as the original tools used to build Fort Ticonderoga – found in the ruins of the fort in the 20th century,” said Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections. “Unlike the masonry walls that awe visitors today, much of the actual fort was constructed of wooden timbers, resting on a masonry foundation. This exhibit will explore the construction of Fort Carillon between 1755 and 1759, and address why Fort Ticonderoga looks the way it does today.”

Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America’s premier collections of 18th-century military material culture. The exhibits contain thousands of objects and tell thousands of stories, narrating the history of Fort Ticonderoga from the military culture of the 18th century to the reconstruction of the fort in the 20th century. Fully restored in 1931, the South Barracks has been the museum’s primary exhibition space. The building encompasses three stories and nearly 10,000 square feet of gallery space.

Funding for the Iron & Stone: Building Fort Carillon exhibit was made possible in part by the following supporters: Glens Falls National Bank, Amtrak, and individual donors.

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1756: The Front Line of New France Exhibit Now Open

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Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s newest exhibit introduces the campaign of 1756 from the French perspective. Using artifacts, archaeological material, and hands-on reproductions, 1756: The Front Line of New France explores how the soldiers who fought for France’s empire were equipped with the goods created by that empire. The exhibit is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket and the exhibit is located in the South Barracks at Fort Ticonderoga. To learn more about this exhibit and related programs click here or call 518-585-2821.

“Fort Ticonderoga’s daily interpretive focus for 2015 recreates life at Fort Carillon (now Fort Ticonderoga) as it unfolded in the year 1756, when the French army were digging and beginning major construction of the fort,” said Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections. “To equip these soldiers the French government mobilized thousands of people across its empire. Visitors now have the opportunity to witness the French governance of clothing, weaponry, and equipment used by its soldiers in the 1756: Front Line of New France exhibit, and then see the Fort Ticonderoga museum interpretative staff’s highly accurate reproductions in action.”

Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America’s premier collections of 18th-century military material culture. The exhibits contain thousands of objects and tell thousands of stories, narrating the history of Fort Ticonderoga from the military culture of the 18th century to the reconstruction of the fort in the 20th century. Fully restored in 1931, the South Barracks has been the museum’s primary exhibition space. The building encompasses three stories and nearly 10,000 square feet of gallery space.

Funding for the 1756: The Front Line of New France exhibit was made possible in part by the following supporters: International Paper Ticonderoga Mill, Glens Falls National Bank, Amtrak, and individual donors.

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Honor American Armed Forces at America’s Fort! Special Memorial Day Event Scheduled for May 25

 

Tichy Fort FlagJoin Fort Ticonderoga on Memorial Day weekend, May 23 – 25, to salute the service of the armed forces of the United States on the very grounds where so many American soldiers fought and sacrificed. Parade into Fort Ticonderoga behind the Fife and Drum Corps during a special program on Memorial Day at 11 am, and step back in time to meet the soldiers of the American Revolution. Experience all aspects of the life of the Continental Army soldier in 1776, from their weapons to their rations, and learn about what they believed would come from their sacrifice. Museum staff will be building soldier’s huts throughout the weekend, continuing our project in experimental archaeology to recreate houses and huts built by Pennsylvania soldiers here is 1776. A 10% general admissions discount will be given to active duty military members with proof of service.  For more information, visit our calendar or call 518-585-2821.

“See Fort Ticonderoga at the beginning of the American Revolution in 1776; a hive of activity as citizens turned soldiers take up pick and ax, hammer and saw to rebuild this old French Fort from the French and Indian war,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Interpretation. “All day long watch these new soldiers in the Continental Army ply their civilian trades to help build this military outpost.”

Memorial Day Event Highlights May 25:

9:30 am – Fort Ticonderoga Opens to Visitors

10:15 am, 1:15 pm, and 3:00 pm – Guided Tour

Learn how Fort Ticonderoga, known as the Key to the Continent, was an American bulwark for independence.

11 am – Salute to the Soldiers

In this hour long presentation enjoy Fife and Drum music, both patriotic and 18th-century tunes. Hear the roar of musketry as Fort Ticonderoga salutes the sacrifice of soldiers who fought both at Ticonderoga and around the world for the United States. Hear the words of the soldiers of the American Revolution as they described their reasons for serving in the birth of this nation.

11:30 am and 2:30 pm – Breaking Ground: A Tour of Historic Gardens

From military garrison gardens to a secluded Colonial Revival spectacle of color and light, explore one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in America and learn about the horticulture history of the Ticonderoga peninsula.

2 pm – Musket Firing Demonstration

Witness the skill required to effectively load and fire a musket and learn how keeping calm in the face of danger enabled soldiers to stand their ground in battle.

4 pm – Mount Defiance:  Witness to History Tour

(Tickets need to be purchased at Fort Ticonderoga)

Visit Mount Defiance to get the birds-eye view of the epic military landscape and learn how this beautiful summit shaped the Fort’s history.

Hours and Admission:

Fort Ticonderoga is open daily from May 9 through November 1, 2015 from 9:30 am until 5 pm. General admission costs for Fort Ticonderoga, an independent non-profit organization, can be found here or by calling 518-585-2821. Children 4 and under, Members of Fort Ticonderoga, and Ticonderoga Resident Ambassador Pass holders are admitted free of charge.

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“Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour” Offered at Fort Ticonderoga

Mt defiance hi res 3Visitors to Fort Ticonderoga and the general public are invited to attend the “Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour” to observe a birds-eye view of Fort Ticonderoga’s epic military landscape and discover how the summit of Mount Defiance shaped American history. Mount Defiance will be open to the public daily, beginning May 23 through October 18, 2015, from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (last admittance at 4:30 pm); the “Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour” will be offered daily at 4 pm. Visitors can either purchase tickets to Mount Defiance as a part of the Fort Ticonderoga package ($2.50 per adult, $1.50 per child), or pay directly at the base of the mountain using an electronic kiosk system ($10 per car). Members of Fort Ticonderoga and Resident Ambassador Pass holders are admitted free of charge and can pick up their Kiosk coin at the admissions booth of Fort Ticonderoga.

“The picnic pavilion located at the summit of Mount Defiance is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy one of America’s most historic landscapes” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President and CEO. “Whether you hike up the mountain in the historic footsteps of General Burgoyne’s troops or make the easy drive up to the top in your car, you’ll savor the spectacular beauty of this remarkable and historic view. A visit to this breathtaking summit is a great way to begin or end your day at Fort Ticonderoga!”

Mount Defiance provides one of the most magnificent views in the northeast. From the summit, visitors can see up and down the Champlain basin, and enjoy an aerial view of Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence.  It is a grand location for appreciating the great water highway which stretches from Montréal to New York City. For more information call 518-585-2821 or visit www.fortticonderoga.org, click on the “Visit” tab, and select “Mount Defiance” from the drop-down menu.

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Fort Ticonderoga’s Seventh Annual Colonial America Conference Scheduled for Educators this May

thumb_SoldierFort Ticonderoga will host the Seventh Annual Colonial America Conference for Educators on Friday, May 15, 2015, from 9 am – 3:30 pm in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. This day-long conference, while intended for educators, is open to anyone with an interest in helping connect students with history. The conference focuses on the period 1609-1783 and features presentations by classroom teachers, museum educators, and archivists.

Presentations at this year’s conference include:

  • “War Comes to the Convent: The Ursulines & the Siege of Quebec” led by Kathleen Baker from the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • “The American Revolution through British Eyes Part II” led by Tim Potts from Robert J. Kaiser Middle School in Monticello, New York.
  • “Things Left Behind: Using Wills and Estate Inventories to Teach the Inquiry Process” led by Julie Daniels from the New York State Archives and Jessica Maul from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust.
  • “Viewpoints on the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga” led by Judd Kramarcik from the Islip School District in Islip, New York.
  • “Using Art, Primary Source and Children’s Literature to Explore American Revolution” led by Tod Guilford from Bluff Elementary School in Claremont, New Hampshire.
  • “We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident” led by Wendy Bergeron from Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire.
  • “The End of an Atlantic Life: The Death of Sir William Johnson (1774) in Imperial Context” led by Jon Parmenter from Cornell University.

Pre-registration to attend the conference is required. The cost is $40 per person and includes a box lunch. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org under the “Education” tab by selecting “Educators” on the drop down menu. You can learn about other opportunities for educators at Fort Ticonderoga in 2015 on the same page.

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Go Beyond Bullets and Blades at Fort Ticonderoga!

New Special Tour Invites Visitors to Handle Fort Ticonderoga’s Weapon Collection

largegunsFort Ticonderoga introduces a rare 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 “Beyond Bullets and Blades” tour is offered every Wednesday at 2 pm from May – August. The cost is $10 per person and is limited to 5 participants per tour; advanced reservations are required.

For over a century, Fort Ticonderoga has been recognized for its extensive and encyclopedic collection of historic weapons, preserving North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection. “Beyond Bullets and Blades” offers a unique perspective of history that examines how industrial methods were used to produce weapons by the thousands to equip soldiers across the globe.

“This specialty experience offers participants the opportunity to learn how artisans in Europe and America transformed iron, brass, and wood into weapons that decided empires and revolutions,” said Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections. “Feel the bulk and imagine what it was like for the soldiers of the 18th century to carry these very weapons into battle.”

In addition to the “Beyond Bullets and Blades” tour, visitors can immerse themselves in the epic history and incredible natural beauty at Fort Ticonderoga with several other richly informative and entertaining guided specialty tours this summer. Thrill at the power of artillery during the Guns by Night tour; discover the Sunsets and Secrets in the 1826 Historic Pavilion house tour; work together to walk in the steps of great generals during the To Act as One United Body program; and discover the first hammer blows of French soldiers in the Beneath Fortress Walls tour. Advanced reservations are required. To learn more about our specialty tours call 518-585-2821 or Click here.

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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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