Join Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections, Matthew Keagle, for a unique opportunity to go underneath the stone walls of Fort Ticonderoga, off limits to the general public. Experience an in-depth exploration of Fort Ticonderoga’s hidden past to see remarkably preserved evidence of the Fort’s original structures, and discover how the Fort was built, and re-built, and how these spaces now support the modern museum. Beneath Fortress Walls begins at 5 pm near the Guest Services Desk in the Log House Welcome Center. Tours take place every other Wednesday July through August. The cost of this specialty adventure is $35 per person.
“Over 250 years ago French soldiers dug, chiseled, and blasted their way into the very rock of the Ticonderoga peninsula to create a fortress to defend New France,” said Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections. “Within just a few decades from those first hammer blows, New France had fallen, a new nation was created, and Fort Ticonderoga had fallen into ruin. When it was restored in the early 1900s, much of what remained from the original fort was entombed beneath the reconstructed walls. This tour will go underneath and inside the fort to visit these areas, and uncover the handiwork of French masons and soldiers who toiled here two centuries ago.”
In addition to the Beneath Fortress Walls 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; enlist in the Continental Army in the To Act as One United Body tour; examine and handle original 18th-century weapons during the Beyond Bullets and Blades tour; and discover the Sunsets and Secrets in the 1826 Historic Pavilion house tour. Advanced reservations are required. To learn more about our specialty tours call 518-585-2821 or click here.