Join 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.