Celebrate Fall at Fort Ticonderoga’s Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival, October 3!

Join Fort Ticonderoga to celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes of fall on Saturday, October 3. Bring the whole family to the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival for a full day of autumn fun set in the midst of the King’s Garden’s heirloom apple trees and the beautiful Adirondack landscape! Experience the power and thunder of hooves through demonstrations of equestrian sports; take part in family-fun activities including horse drawn wagon rides and heritage games; meet friendly goats and enjoy horse rides; explore the lively and colorful harvest market; take a family trip through the six-acre corn maze; take a family trip through the six-acre corn maze; enjoy centuries of stories from the water on a Carillon boat cruise; and explore the fall splendor of Fort Ticonderoga’s beautiful museum campus located on Lake Champlain and nestled between the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

Admission to the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival is included with Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission ticket.  Fort Ticonderoga is open from 9:30 am until 5 pm daily. For a complete event schedule visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

DSC_7474“Localvore” Food, Wine tastings, Live Music, Wagon Rides and more!

Festival featured activities include: live music; delicious “localvore” food; kids’ heritage games and sack races; pony rides; petting zoo; horse-drawn wagon rides; harvest market featuring locally grown and made products including artisanal cheese, hand-woven baskets, perennials and mums, produce, maple syrup, honey, apple products and more!

Horse Presentations

Discover the importance of horses in the Revolutionary War, meet the Vermont Cavalry and hear their story about their fight in the Civil War, and follow the cry of the hounds from the King’s Garden to learn more about the sport of Foxhunting with the Green Mountain Hounds.

“The Heritage, Harvest, and Horse Festival will feature demonstrations of equestrian sports and working horses alike,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga’s Senior Director of Interpretation. “From farm horses to cavalry mounts, meet some of these beautiful four-legged animals as you tour around the Fort’s garrison grounds and gardens.”

Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure!

The day will not be complete without a visit to Fort Ticonderoga’s highly acclaimed Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure where visitors explore the six-acre corn maze designed in the shape of the Fort and find their way through the maze by selecting the correct answers to clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s history!

FT1_1514Carillon Boat Cruise at 4 pm!

Make reservations today for the chance to gain a water-level perspective of Fort Ticonderoga on a Carillon boat cruise. The 60-foot, 49-passenger tour boat will offer a special tour around the Ticonderoga Peninsula at 4 pm. In 90 minutes you can enjoy centuries of stories that floated across this ancient lake. Set between the Green and Adirondack Mountains, this tour will explore not only the epic 18th-century military stories, but also the maritime heritage of the 19th and 20th century.

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Fort Ticonderoga invites Homeschoolers for a Day Exclusively Reserved for Them! Homeschool Day will take place Friday, September 18, 2015

 

On Friday, September 18, 2015 homeschool students and their parents are invited to join us for a day exclusively reserved for them. Spend the day at Fort Ticonderoga and take part in a series of interactive and immersive experiences while participating in special programs, visiting museum exhibitions, and exploring Fort Ticonderoga’s vast and beautiful landscape including the King’s Garden, Carillon Battlefield Hiking Trail, and Heroic Corn Maze.

“Throughout the day students can explore Fort Ticonderoga, take guided tours to learn about Ticonderoga’s epic history, and thrill at musket demonstrations,” said Rich Strum, Director of Education. “They can learn about the French troops who helped construct Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) in 1756. Interacting with these French soldiers, students will discover what life was like for an 18th-century soldier. What did he eat? Where did he sleep? What did he wear? Where did his clothes come from?”

Family ProgramsIn addition, special hands-on programs for homeschool groups take place in the historic trade shops at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm. Programs at 12:00pm and 1:00pm illustrate the process of feeding the troops as the mid-day meal is prepared. Students in grades 6-12 can learn about how to be a part of the National History Day program at 11:30am.

In the King’s Garden, students can take part in the self-guided activity “Watercolors in the Garden” from 10:00am to 4:00pm. In addition, Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze will be open for homeschool families from 12:00pm-4:00pm.

To register your homeschool students to participate, please email Lauren MacLeod, Group Tour Coordinator at Fort Ticonderoga at lmacleod@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 $13.

For a full schedule of events for Homeschool Day or to learn more about programs for students and teachers at Fort Ticonderoga click here. 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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Summer Fun in the King’s Garden!

Explore a variety of programs and family-friendly activities in the King's Garden

With summer at its peak, there’s never been a better time to take a break from your daily routine and head to the King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga – it’s a chance to get some walking in, stretch your legs, and enjoy views that will simply take your breath away!

The garden right now is awash in color, from the bold and abundant Tiger Lilies, to the soft and delicate Snow Caps.

You’ll find an interpreter portraying a French soldier of the Languedoc Regiment tending to the 18th-century Garrison Garden, beside an early 20th-century interpreter harvesting heirloom vegetables from a plot representative of the type grown during Fort Ticonderoga’s reconstruction. Whatever your horticultural interest, you’ll want to visit simply if it is just to enjoy fresh farm to table cuisine at America’s Fort Café!

Centuries of horticulture await you at the King’s Garden. Here are just a few great hands-on garden programs available for all. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and dig in!

Earl working in gardenHands-on Horticulture: through August 31
Discover the techniques used to keep our garden thriving! Guests of all ages are invited to practice alongside garden staff as they demonstrate seeding, plant division, and care methods for blooming plants. (Ongoing 1:30 – 3:30)

Sowing & Growing Favorite Perennials: Weekdays through August 31
Work alongside our garden staff as they propagate perennials from seed. From soil preparation, seeding, thinning, transplanting and care, witness the transformation from seed to plant. Whatever the day’s task, visitors are encouraged to join in and try it out!

Iris Division Days:  Weekdays through August 28
Discover the history of the bearded iris, learn practical growing tips, and try your hand at dividing the rhizomes of this popular perennial. Take your divided root home and grow a piece of history! Our annual iris sale runs concurrently with the program, including weekends.

FT1_9888 - CopySoldiers’ Gardening
Help tend the gardens alongside French soldiers as they grow rows of vital greens and vegetables to supplement their issued rations of bread, pork, and dried peas.

Gardening: Then and Now
Sow and hoe with one of the Pell family’s personal gardeners, and detect how gardening supported the family throughout the era of Reconstruction.

Horticulture: For Today and Tomorrow
Explore the brick pathways that lead you through our beautiful Colonial Revival Garden. Dig up the importance of horticulture at Ticonderoga during the years of Reconstruction, and talk with today’s gardeners to discover its uses for us today.

Corn maze aerialAfter a relaxing morning of seeding, plant division, and transplanting, you can venture into Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! This year, the six-acre corn maze features a design in the shape of Fort Ticonderoga in 1756. Hidden in the maze are 8 stations each representing a component of an 18th-century fort.  Players are given a Quest Card to collect a stamp from each station.  It takes perseverance and skill to find all of the objects.  Getting lost is part of the fun! The Heroic Maze is open for exploration daily through August 31 and weekends through October 18. You can also enjoy it on Labor Day and Columbus Day!

 

DCIM100GOPROOn your way out, don’t forget to say hello to our newest additions to Fort Ticonderoga’s landscape – heritage breed La Fleche Chickens and Red Devon Cattle! Fort Ticonderoga’s history truly comes to life with the presence of livestock. Whether for sustenance or for work, animals were essential to the survival of any army at Ticonderoga. Cattle provided meat and milk but also hauled timber, cannon and supplies. Chickens and hogs were raised to feed officer and enlisted soldier alike.  Fort Ticonderoga has launched a heritage breeds program to bring period cattle and chickens to the garrison grounds for its 2015 portrayal of 1756.

You can easily spend an entire day of fun at Fort Ticonderoga. The King’s Garden is just one entity to the abundance of opportunities available on a daily basis. Whether you want to brush up on your history during a conversation with one of the museum interpreters representing a French soldier of the Languedoc Regiment, or catch a cool breeze on Lake Champlain on a Carillon Boat Cruise or a rented canoe – we’ve got you covered! Don’t let summer pass you by without a visit to Fort Ticonderoga!

Stay tuned for Fall fun at Fort Ticonderoga! The Heritage Harvest & Horse Festival is just one of the many events to enjoy during leaf-peeper season!

 

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Fort Ticonderoga Presents Largest Revolutionary War Battle Re-enactment of the Year: Brown’s Raid 1777 Battle Re-enactment September 12-13

 

IMG_0227 - CopyJoin Fort Ticonderoga and more than 700 re-enactors for an exciting two-day battle re-enactment highlighting the epic 1777 Brown’s Raid! An attack led by patriot Colonel John Brown will take British troops garrisoning Fort Ticonderoga by surprise 238 years later during the upcoming real-life action adventure at Fort Ticonderoga on Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13, from 9:30am- 5pm.

The living history weekend and major battle re-enactment will recreate what has become known as Brown’s Raid. Historic interpreters and re-enactors from across the northeast will bring to life the little-known 1777 action adventure story pulled straight from the pages of Fort Ticonderoga’s history. During the dramatic event, Fort Ticonderoga’s guests will witness first-hand the high stakes mission undertaken by Colonel John Brown and his patriot militia and meet the larger-than-life characters that undertook this daring raid during special programs in the British held Fort and the American camps throughout the weekend. The Brown’s Raid battle re-enactment will take place each day at 1:00 pm when the raiders will rush forward against the British held lines, overlooking Fort Ticonderoga.  Can the patriot militia capture Fort Ticonderoga or will the British and German soldiers hold the Fort?

“Brown’s Raid will be an epic weekend of immersive programming and demonstrations. Military activities include demonstrations of artillery firing, inspection of troops, and musket drill and firing,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Fort Ticonderoga guests will step into the moment in 1777 in the American camp and British Fort and be an eyewitness to the command discussions and decisions during this must-experience weekend event.”

Admission to Brown’s Raid is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket.  For the full event schedule and to learn more about the event click here.

About Browns Raid:

IMG_0438 - CopyOut of the hazy twilight before dawn on September 18, 1777 rushed Colonel John Brown’s men, catching the British and Brunswick garrison around Fort Ticonderoga completely by surprise. John Brown, no stranger to dangerous missions, helped engineer the first capture of Ticonderoga in 1775. With the stakes even higher, he would test his luck again. As General Gates prepared to stop the British advance on Albany, he ordered General Lincoln to divide, divert, and harass General Burgoyne’s supply lines back to Canada. Colonel Brown chose his men carefully, allowed first pick of the ragtag patriot force assembled by General Lincoln at Pawlet, Vermont. Massachusetts and Vermont militia men would get their chance to strike a major blow against General Burgoyne’s attack to divide the colonies. Steadying them would be regulars from Colonel Warner’s regiment of Vermonters. Out front, Vermont rangers were to lead the way. Leading the rangers was, Captain Benjamin Whitcomb, a ranger so skilled in his craft he was a wanted man to the British Army.

Rushing down into the LaChute river valley from Lake George landing, Brown’s men captured 330 British prisoners and set 118 American POWs free. Dawn at Fort Ticonderoga would see British Cannons atop Mount Defiance, which forced the American’s to flee that summer, turned on the British garrison itself. British soldiers awoke to the sight of a Brunswick soldier cut in half by a British cannon ball fired by Brown’s men from the summit of that hill. Rearmed with captured British weapons, American POWs had a chance to settle their score shoulder to shoulder with Brown’s militia, regulars, and rangers. Destroying supplies, and livestock, capturing boats, guns, and cannons, Colonel John Brown’s raiders disappeared back up Lake George, jumping into the pages of history.

It all sounds like a Hollywood movie script, but it’s all true! Join Fort Ticonderoga, September 12-13 to experience all sides of Brown’s Raid and meet the larger than life characters that make up this real-life action adventure.

Click here for the Brown’s Raid Schedule

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Drum Major Mike Edson Receives Fort Ticonderoga’s Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award

FT1_0824 - CopyMike Edson, Drum Major of Fort Ticonderoga’s Fife and Drum Corps, received Fort Ticonderoga’s Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award during the Saturday evening (July 25) Fife and Drum Corps Twilight Concert, in recognition of his dedicated forty years of lifetime leadership, commitment, and support of Fort Ticonderoga and the Fife and Drum Corps.

“We are so delighted to recognize Mike Edson for his outstanding leadership in the Fife & Drum Corps,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO.  “Mike’s commitment to excellence, dedication to Fort Ticonderoga’s educational mission, and strong passion to inspire youth has made him an exceptional leader and significant member of our Fort Ticonderoga team.  We are grateful to him for his forty years of service and applaud all that he has accomplished at Fort Ticonderoga and in the Ticonderoga community.”

“I clearly remember my first summer, 1975, at Fort Ticonderoga,” said Mike Edson. “I performed at the Lake Placid Olympics; stood alongside the U.S.S. Ticonderoga at its christening; marched in Boston’s Evacuation Day St. Patrick’s Parade; and accompanied the Declaration of Independence as it was placed on display at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Being involved with Fort Ticonderoga’s Fife and Drum Corps has allowed me to have countless experiences. I have been a part of the Fort Ticonderoga family for 40 years. Nearly three quarters of my life has been spent in uniform making the site’s story come to life for our visitors!”


The Fife and Drum Corps Today

Fife&Drum - CopyThe Fifes and Drums of Fort Ticonderoga today represent military musicians who served at the fort historically. Comprised of area high school students and led by Drum Major Mike Edson, the Corps trains throughout the winter and spring in preparation for the summer performances.  The Corps members are paid Fort Ticonderoga employees and learn skills in public history, museum studies, historic trades, and education in addition to their work in musical performances.

In 2015 the Fort Ticonderoga Fife & Drum Corps are portraying fifers and drummers from the Languedoc Regiment of the French Army. Each day in July and August the Fife and Drum Corps plays songs containing important information, called duty tunes. From reveille in the morning to tattoo at night, or sounding the alarm and calling to arms, the Fifes and Drums regulate days at the fort today. The Fife and Drum Corps leads Fort Ticonderoga historic interpreters and visitors alike to demonstrations and tours with period marches. The Corps celebrates its long history and that of the reconstructed fort and King’s Garden in concerts featuring a vast repertoire of favorite songs collected over the decades. From stirring to somber, enjoy the martial sounds of this band of excellent young musicians.


History of the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps

Fort Ticonderoga formed its first Fife and Drum Corps in 1926 on the eve of the 150th anniversary celebrations of American Independence.  The Corps performed at the fort each summer until the beginning of World War II.  When the World’s Fair came to New York City in 1939, the Fife and Drum Corps was a featured performer on May 10th, Fort Ticonderoga Day, celebrating the 164th anniversary of the capture of the fort by Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold and the Green Mountain Boys.

In 1973, in preparation for the bicentennial, Fort Ticonderoga revived the Fife and Drum Corps to perform daily during the fort’s summer season.  The Fife and Drum Corps has performed every year since and has been featured performers at many major public events including the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games, the christening of the US Navy Guided Missile Cruiser USS Ticonderoga CG-47, the opening celebration of the Reagan Library, and several Evacuation Day parades in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze Adventure Opens August 14!

 

cornmazeWhat activity combines solving puzzles and testing your knowledge of history with fresh air, sunshine and over two miles of winding trails?  Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure!  Beginning August 14, test your navigational skills among towering stalks of corn in Fort Ticonderoga’s new six-acre corn maze located near the King’s Garden. The Heroic Maze is included in Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission price and will be open daily August 14 through August 31, and weekends September 5 through October 18. The maze will also be open on Labor Day September 7 and Columbus Day October 12. Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/corn-maze for corn maze details or call 518-585-2821.

The maze, with a new 2015 design featuring the shape of Fort Ticonderoga and the year 1756, is divided into two phases, so that guests have the chance to gain confidence in the smaller maze before tackling the main maze.  The average journey will take from twenty minutes for the first phase and up to an hour for the second phase. Hidden in the maze are eight stations, each representing a component of an 18th-century fort. Players are given a Quest Card to collect a stamp from each station.  It takes perseverance and skill to find all of the objects.  Great fun for all ages!

 


Back by Popular Demand:

Fort Ticonderoga’s youngest guests will have a chance to explore the Heroic Maze in the Kiddie Maze. A short maze designed for our youngest visitors is a fun introduction to corn mazes. This maze has twists and turns but no dead ends.  Recommended for children up to age four with adult supervision.


Experience the Maze at night! Maze by Moonlight

Explore the 6-acre corn maze using your flashlight as a guide and under the light of the full moon.  The mysteries of the night surround you as you search for hidden stations in the maze to complete our “Engineer a Fort” Maze Quest! Maze by Moonlight event dates are Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. The cost is $10 per person; tickets are available at the door.  The admissions booth and the corn maze open at 7 pm; last ticket sold at 9 pm, maze closes at 10 pm.


Group Visitors

School field trip groups, and other group tours will have the fun opportunity to learn about Fort Ticonderoga’s dramatic story while building teamwork skills as part of this interactive, interdisciplinary quest.  In September and October, the Heroic Maze will be open for group visits on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 am until 2 pm. Registration is required.

 


Corn maze aerialFort Ticonderoga developed the Heroic Maze with a professional maze design company from Utah that used computer technology to translate intricate designs onto the landscape, creating a fun and exciting quest.

The agricultural history at Fort Ticonderoga dates to 1756 when the French built the Garrison Gardens below the walls of the Fort. The agricultural story continues today with nearly 40% of Fort Ticonderoga’s landscape in agricultural use.  In addition, a strong horticulture program brings the use of landscape to life in the formal Colonial Revival Garden, working Garrison Garden, and other Discovery Gardens.

The Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! is funded in part by generous support from McDonalds of Ticonderoga and Amtrak.

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National Trust for Historic Preservation Awards Fort Ticonderoga A Preservation Grant

Fort Ticonderoga is proud to announce that is has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation, which will support the first formal assessment of Fort Ticonderoga’s Log House as a historic structure.

LogHouse2015The Log House is considered to be one of the oldest continuously run road houses in America. The structure’s story is intricately woven into Fort Ticonderoga’s monumental restoration story. For over ninety years the Log House has been the location where guests began their visit to Fort Ticonderoga. The log structure mimics 19th-century Adirondack Great Camp architecture and provides a breathtaking vista of Fort Ticonderoga’s historic landscape. Its construction began in 1920, replacing a simple shed constructed several years before to capture site admission fees. As visitation increased, the Log House was no longer large enough to meet the needs of the growing organization. By World War II an addition was built on the west end of the building, approximately doubling the size of the structure, which allowed for an increase in retail space and the addition of a soda fountain to provide refreshments and light meals for visitors. In the post war decades, visitation to the site dramatically increased. By the late 1960s the Log House was again too small to meet the growing demands of the site’s visitors. In the winter of 1972-1973 the museum undertook another expansion of the structure expanding the restaurant overlooking Lake Champlain and adding new restroom facilities. The building’s configuration today dates to the 1972-1973 renovation. The Log House has always served a visitor service role and today contains Fort Ticonderoga’s museum store, café, restrooms and guest services desk.

Fort Ticonderoga will work with John G. Waite Associates, Architects, in the fall of 2015 to take a comprehensive look at the physical fabric of the Log House in an effort to document and understand the current state of the building and identify the various phases of the building’s evolution. The goal of this process is to fully understand the chronological evolution of the Log House and its structural condition so that an informed decision can be made regarding the building’s future use. The Log House has never been studied as a historic structure and this will be the first formal assessment of the building.

“We are extremely honored and delighted to receive such a prestigious grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga. “We are committed to preserving and interpreting our historic structures across our 2000 acre museum campus and are particularly pleased to have the opportunity to analyze and research the Log House structure. Fort Ticonderoga guests have begun their experience at the Log House for nearly a century and today we are, for the first time, exploring the historical significance of the structure and its story.”

“Organizations like Fort Ticonderoga help to ensure that communities and towns all across America retain their unique sense of place,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We are honored to provide a grant to Fort Ticonderoga, which will use the funds to help preserve an important piece of our shared national heritage.”

Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds range from $2,500 to $5,000 and have provided over $15 million since 2003. These matching grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the country to support wide-ranging activities including consultant services for rehabilitating buildings, technical assistance for tourism that promotes historic resources, and the development of materials for education and outreach campaigns.

Fort Ticonderoga has also received grants from the Gerry Charitable Trust and the Preservation League of New York State to support the Log House Structure Report. The Technical Assistance Grant Program through the Preservation League of New York State is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

About Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort TM

The Fort Ticonderoga Association is an independent not-for-profit educational organization which serves its mission to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. It serves this mission by preserving and enhancing its historic structures, collections, gardens and landscapes; and educating the public as it learns about the history of Fort Ticonderoga. Welcoming visitors since 1909, it preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched 18th-century earthworks surviving in America.  Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year, and annually reaches more than 5,000 people in outreach programs.  Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May through November. Fort Ticonderoga is accredited by the American Association of Museums and pursues its vision to be the premier cultural destination in North America. Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is committed to protecting America’s rich cultural legacy and helping build vibrant, sustainable communities that reflect our nation’s diversity.

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Support Fort Ticonderoga at the Midsummer Gala! Fundraising Event at Fort Ticonderoga on Saturday, August 8

Come celebrate Fort Ticonderoga’s epic story and historic legacy at this gala dinner!  Set within the majestic walls of the fort; enjoy lively music, fabulous food, and friends all in an elegant setting.  Cocktails and a silent auction will begin at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and a live auction at 7:00 pm. Semi-formal summer attire is encouraged. Tickets are $175; advanced reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Martha Strum at mstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821 ext. 226.

Mike Konzen with Fort Ticonderoga Association Trustees Tony Pell and Bob Morette at the 2014 Midsummer Gala.

Mike Konzen with Fort Ticonderoga Association Trustees Tony Pell and Bob Morette at the 2014 Midsummer Gala.

“The Midsummer Gala is Fort Ticonderoga’s premier summertime fundraising event. Set in the splendor of the 18th-century fort and surrounded by the unspoiled natural beauty of America’s most historic landscape, attendees will revel in the historic French inspired décor, cocktails, and dinner,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “This unforgettable night supports and celebrates Fort Ticonderoga’s growing impact in the fields of education and preservation. Support to the Midsummer Gala helps underwrite Fort Ticonderoga’s educational programs that impact more than 70,000 guests annually, and more than 23,000 children.”

The Honorary Chairpersons for the Midsummer Gala are Anthony and Katherine Pell, longtime Fort Ticonderoga supporters.  Anthony Pell, the grandson of the museum founders Stephen and Sarah Pell, has spent a lifetime committed to Fort Ticonderoga’s mission and historic legacy.  He was elected as a member to the Fort Ticonderoga Association in 1960 and has served in a variety of leadership capacities on the Board of Trustees including chairman, vice chairman, secretary, and treasurer.

Music at the Midsummer Gala will be provided by Spellbound with Cyndie Wade and the event will be catered by the Mazzone Hospitality Group.

Fort Ticonderoga is an independent non-profit educational organization.  All proceeds for the Midsummer Gala support Fort Ticonderoga’s mission to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history.

A special thanks to the following event sponsors: Arthur J. Gallagher, Best Western Plus Ticonderoga, Bridgepoint Communications, Dixon Ticonderoga Company, North Country Community College, Trustco Bank, and individual sponsors.

 

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New Family Fun at Fort Ticonderoga! Your Adventure Awaits with a New Family Guided Tour and Family Program

 

 

Fort Ticonderoga launches exciting new Family Programopportunities for families visiting the site in July and August. The new Family Guided Tour at 10:40 am and 1:40 pm will lead families through the fort grounds and provide an overview for all of the exciting things to do during a visit. In addition to the tour, Fort Ticonderoga’s ongoing Family Program gives families a chance to work together to complete tasks as they explore Fort Ticonderoga, and receive rewards for helping the soldiers with their daily duties. The interactions will inspire creativity and make history come alive!

Utilizing Fort Ticonderoga’s historic trades program, the new Family Program gives children a hands-on, immersive opportunity to learn about the life of a soldier in New France. They will begin their adventure in the “Officer of the Day Room” where they can make a cocked hat and receive directions on how to proceed to the rest of the posts. Children and adults alike will be able to cut and sew a Canadian tuque and sash, construct a leather slit pouch, receive a ration of split peas, learn how soldiers cleaned and maintained their 18th-century weapons, and so much more! Rewards ranging from a cockade button for your hat to fatigue pay in Canadian Paper Script from New France will be given to participating families. The more tasks you complete, the more rewards you receive!

Gibb-with-studentsThis program offers children a unique opportunity to work closely with our talented historic trades staff. Spending time with our artificers, working side by side with them, and learning how to work with the materials is an experience that will have a lasting impact on participating individuals. Families will have the opportunity to join together to see what it was like to be a soldier in New France, and take home tangible memories of the experience.

The Family Program and Family Guided Tours are just two ways for families to make the most out of a visit to Fort Ticonderoga. Take a family hike on the Carillon Battlefield Trail and try the Archaeology Quest Scavenger Hunt Game, rent canoes and make use of our Waterways Trail Guide, or pick up a Fort Ticonderoga Family Scavenger Hunt at Guest Services and work together to solve the mysteries behind the history of the Ticonderoga Peninsula. Your adventure awaits!

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Celebrate America with Patriotic Music at Fort Ticonderoga’s Fife & Drum Corps Muster July 25th  

Fife&Drum - CopyExperience martial music at its best at Fort Ticonderoga July 25 during the Fife and Drum Corps Muster! From the American Revolution, to the Civil War, to modern commemoration, learn about the practical purpose of fifes and drums. Enjoy the stirring rhythms and tunes of these classic marches and camp songs. Admission to the Fife & Drum Corps Muster is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket.  A special evening Twilight Fife & Drum Corps Concert will be presented at 7 pm on the Fort parade ground.  Tickets for the evening program are $10, children 4 years and younger are free and Members of Fort Ticonderoga are free. To learn more about the event call 518-585-2821.

The Fife and Drum Corps Muster will highlight several Fife and Drum Corps from across the northeast performing throughout the day as well as performances from current and former Fort Ticonderoga Fife & Drum Corps members.

“The Fife & Drum Corps Muster highlights the role Fife & Drum music has played in the commemoration of American history. Fife and Drum Corps gained increased popularity during the American bicentennial celebrations,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “In 18th-century military life, fifes and drums served as one of the primary modes of battlefield communication and camp regulation.”

Fort Ticonderoga formed its first Fife and Drum Corps in 1926 on the eve of the 150th anniversary celebrations of American Independence.  The Corps performed at the Fort each summer until the beginning of World War II.  When the World’s Fair came to New York City in 1939, the Fife and Drum Corps was a featured performer on May 10th, Fort Ticonderoga Day celebrating the 164th anniversary of the capture of the Fort by Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold and the Green Mountain Boys.

In 1973, in preparation for the bicentennial, Fort Ticonderoga revived the Fife and Drum Corps to perform daily during the museum campus’ summer season.  The Fife and Drum Corps has performed every year since and has been featured performers at many major public events including the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games, the christening of the US Navy Guided Missile Cruiser USS Ticonderoga CG-47, and several Evacuation Day parades in Boston, Massachusetts.

Today the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps is comprised of Ticonderoga area high school students who are paid employees of Fort Ticonderoga, an independent not-for-profit educational organization.  The Fife and Drum Corps is part of Fort Ticonderoga’s Interpretive Department whose focus brings to life Fort Ticonderoga’s specific history through daily interpretive programs, historic trades and special events.F&D Corps

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