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Dendrochronology: Using Tree Rings to Answer Questions about the Pavilion’s Past

In the summer of 2013 with support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Fort Ticonderoga began an in-depth study of the structural history of the Pavilion.  Oral history tells us that the Pavilion was built in 1826 by William … Continue reading

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Expert Gardeners Share Their Knowledge at Upcoming Symposium

One of the great things about gardening is that there is always something new to learn.  I just received a reprint of a 1919 book, Gardens, Their Form and Design by Viscountess Frances Garnet Wolseley.  It promises “suggestions for the … Continue reading

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All in a Day’s Work

What does the Director of Education do during the “down time” after Fort Ticonderoga closes for the season? Well, in the first ten days since we completed the 2013 season, I’ve been quite busy. I spent an afternoon at Champlain … Continue reading

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Beautiful Brassicas

Brassica refers to a genus of plants in the mustard family, sometimes refered to as cole crops or cruciferous vegetables.  A few examples are cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and broccoli.  These crops are important sources of vitamin C, fiber, and other micronutrients that … Continue reading

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3 Details for the Perfect 1777 Continental Regular Portrayal

Looking ahead to next summer’s Defiance and Independence event it is important to examine some common elements of the dress and equipment of the Continental soldiers defending the post. While Fort Ticonderoga had a diverse crowd of Continental regular soldiers … Continue reading

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Life Long Learning

A ritual growing up was the inevitable question at dinnertime: “What did you learn today?” The answer varied from day to day. It might be the latest proof in geometry, a tidbit about the African nation of Upper Volta from … Continue reading

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New Clues to Fort Ticonderoga’s Past from Old Photos

From time to time people donate old pictures of Fort Ticonderogato the museum.  This often happens when people are sorting through the possessions of passed love ones seeking to disperse a lifetime of accumulated effects.  More often that not, the … Continue reading

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Children’s Garden Design: The Sunflower House

Common name:          Sunflower Botanical name:          Helianthus annuus Family:                        Asteraceae Plant type:                   Herbaceous annual Blooms:                       Late summer to autumn The sunflower is native to the Americas. There is evidence that it was grown domestically as early as 2600 B.C. in Mexico.  The large … Continue reading

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Mounted Soldiers in Brown’s Raid

As Fort Ticonderoga prepares to re-create Colonel John Brown’s September 18th, 1777 raid on Fort Ticonderoga, a nagging, or perhaps neighing, question keeps coming up.  Were there mounted men among Colonel John Brown’s force of militia and regular continental soldiers? … Continue reading

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Building New Audiences

Building new audiences is essential to the long-term sustainability of places like Fort Ticonderoga. This “audience building” includes all segments of our audience, from school-age visitors to the empty nesters that make up a significant part of our visitors each … Continue reading

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