HOMESCHOOL DAY AT FORT TICONDEROGA: SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

 

tailor gibb 1776(Ticonderoga, NY)  Fort Ticonderoga’s Homeschool Day for homeschool students and their parents will be on Friday, September 9 from 9:30am-5:00pm. Homeschool families will have an opportunity to take part in a series of exciting programs, while learning about life on the northern frontier during the American Revolution.

“The day was amazing!” said one homeschool parent of last year’s Homeschool Day. “It was absolutely everything we hoped for and more. We all want to come back! Thank you to everyone who put so much effort, planning, enthusiasm, and time into a perfect way to start the homeschooling year!!!”

“My kids & I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing a day at the fort,” noted another homeschool parent last year. “The demonstrations were wonderful, and we enjoyed learning about the history of the fort and its importance in the founding of our nation.”

During this year’s Homeschool Day, students will learn about the British and German troops at Ticonderoga during the year 1777. Interacting with these soldiers, students will discover what life was like at Ticonderoga during the American Revolution and will gain a deeper understanding of struggle for independence, the economy and trade in the 18th century, and daily life of the soldiers and their families that garrisoned Fort Ticonderoga.

Weapons Demonstrations, Museum Exhibits, Historic Trades, & the King’s Garden!

Throughout the day, homeschool families will explore the fort and museum exhibitions. Students and families will thrill at the flash of musketry during weapon demonstrations and guided tours will highlight Fort Ticonderoga’s defining story in the 18th century. Interactive programs in historic trades including shoe making, carpentry, and tailoring, will give Homeschool Day participants an active understanding of the work required to maintain an army and fight the Revolution.

Special programming in the historic trades shops takes place at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm. At noon, discover the process of feeding the troops as the mid-day meal is prepared.

Visit the King’s Garden to discover what was grown to feed the troops and dig into centuries of horticulture history in our gardens! For the students who are artistically inclined, “Watercolors in the Garden” will be offered from 11:00am-1:00pm and from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

The Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure!

While in the King’s Garden area, be sure to explore a new 2016 design in the six-acre Heroic Maze, a corn maze designed in the shape of Fort Ticonderoga! Answer clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s history as you find your way through the maze. Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze will be open for homeschool families from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

To register your homeschool students to participate in this exciting Homeschool Day, email our Group Tour Coordinator at Fort Ticonderoga at aa@fort-ticonderoga.org. The cost is $6 per student. One parent per family is admitted free of charge. Additional adults pay the adult group rate of $14.

To learn more about programs for students and teachers at Fort Ticonderoga, visit www.fortticonderoga.org and select the “Education” tab. Teachers interested in learning more about school programs, including outreach programs, should contact Rich Strum, Director of Education, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or at 518-585-6370.

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Photo:  Participants in last year’s Homeschool Day at Fort Ticonderoga pick up needle and thread to help fort Ticonderoga’s Artificer Tailor. This year’s Homeschool Day takes place on Friday, September 9th. Pre-registration is required by calling 518-585-2821.

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