Iron & Stone: Building Fort Carillon Exhibit Now Open

 

Iron&stone(1)Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s newest exhibit introduces the methods and logistics behind the construction of Fort Carillon (now Fort Ticonderoga). Using hands-on components, Iron & Stone: Building Fort Carillon allows visitors to see if they have what it takes to be a mason at Fort Carillon and experience how French masons achieved the level courses of their stonework. The exhibit is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket and is located in the South Barracks at Fort Ticonderoga. To learn more about this exhibit and related programs click here or call 518-585-2821.

Iron & Stone: Building Fort Carillon includes a full-scale reconstruction of the first walls of the fort over the winter of 1755-56, as well as the original tools used to build Fort Ticonderoga – found in the ruins of the fort in the 20th century,” said Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections. “Unlike the masonry walls that awe visitors today, much of the actual fort was constructed of wooden timbers, resting on a masonry foundation. This exhibit will explore the construction of Fort Carillon between 1755 and 1759, and address why Fort Ticonderoga looks the way it does today.”

Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America’s premier collections of 18th-century military material culture. The exhibits contain thousands of objects and tell thousands of stories, narrating the history of Fort Ticonderoga from the military culture of the 18th century to the reconstruction of the fort in the 20th century. Fully restored in 1931, the South Barracks has been the museum’s primary exhibition space. The building encompasses three stories and nearly 10,000 square feet of gallery space.

Funding for the Iron & Stone: Building Fort Carillon exhibit was made possible in part by the following supporters: Glens Falls National Bank, Amtrak, and individual donors.

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1756: The Front Line of New France Exhibit Now Open

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Fort Ticonderoga Museum’s newest exhibit introduces the campaign of 1756 from the French perspective. Using artifacts, archaeological material, and hands-on reproductions, 1756: The Front Line of New France explores how the soldiers who fought for France’s empire were equipped with the goods created by that empire. The exhibit is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket and the exhibit is located in the South Barracks at Fort Ticonderoga. To learn more about this exhibit and related programs click here or call 518-585-2821.

“Fort Ticonderoga’s daily interpretive focus for 2015 recreates life at Fort Carillon (now Fort Ticonderoga) as it unfolded in the year 1756, when the French army were digging and beginning major construction of the fort,” said Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections. “To equip these soldiers the French government mobilized thousands of people across its empire. Visitors now have the opportunity to witness the French governance of clothing, weaponry, and equipment used by its soldiers in the 1756: Front Line of New France exhibit, and then see the Fort Ticonderoga museum interpretative staff’s highly accurate reproductions in action.”

Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America’s premier collections of 18th-century military material culture. The exhibits contain thousands of objects and tell thousands of stories, narrating the history of Fort Ticonderoga from the military culture of the 18th century to the reconstruction of the fort in the 20th century. Fully restored in 1931, the South Barracks has been the museum’s primary exhibition space. The building encompasses three stories and nearly 10,000 square feet of gallery space.

Funding for the 1756: The Front Line of New France exhibit was made possible in part by the following supporters: International Paper Ticonderoga Mill, Glens Falls National Bank, Amtrak, and individual donors.

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Honor American Armed Forces at America’s Fort! Special Memorial Day Event Scheduled for May 25

 

Tichy Fort FlagJoin 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.

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“Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour” Offered at Fort Ticonderoga

Mt defiance hi res 3Visitors to Fort Ticonderoga and the general public are invited to attend the “Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour” to observe a birds-eye view of Fort Ticonderoga’s epic military landscape and discover how the summit of Mount Defiance shaped American history. Mount Defiance will be open to the public daily, beginning May 23 through October 18, 2015, from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (last admittance at 4:30 pm); the “Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour” will be offered daily at 4 pm. Visitors can either purchase tickets to Mount Defiance as a part of the Fort Ticonderoga package ($2.50 per adult, $1.50 per child), or pay directly at the base of the mountain using an electronic kiosk system ($10 per car). Members of Fort Ticonderoga and Resident Ambassador Pass holders are admitted free of charge and can pick up their Kiosk coin at the admissions booth of Fort Ticonderoga.

“The picnic pavilion located at the summit of Mount Defiance is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy one of America’s most historic landscapes” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President and CEO. “Whether you hike up the mountain in the historic footsteps of General Burgoyne’s troops or make the easy drive up to the top in your car, you’ll savor the spectacular beauty of this remarkable and historic view. A visit to this breathtaking summit is a great way to begin or end your day at Fort Ticonderoga!”

Mount Defiance provides one of the most magnificent views in the northeast. From the summit, visitors can see up and down the Champlain basin, and enjoy an aerial view of Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence.  It is a grand location for appreciating the great water highway which stretches from Montréal to New York City. For more information call 518-585-2821 or visit www.fortticonderoga.org, click on the “Visit” tab, and select “Mount Defiance” from the drop-down menu.

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Fort Ticonderoga’s Seventh Annual Colonial America Conference Scheduled for Educators this May

thumb_SoldierFort Ticonderoga will host the Seventh Annual Colonial America Conference for Educators on Friday, May 15, 2015, from 9 am – 3:30 pm in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. This day-long conference, while intended for educators, is open to anyone with an interest in helping connect students with history. The conference focuses on the period 1609-1783 and features presentations by classroom teachers, museum educators, and archivists.

Presentations at this year’s conference include:

  • “War Comes to the Convent: The Ursulines & the Siege of Quebec” led by Kathleen Baker from the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • “The American Revolution through British Eyes Part II” led by Tim Potts from Robert J. Kaiser Middle School in Monticello, New York.
  • “Things Left Behind: Using Wills and Estate Inventories to Teach the Inquiry Process” led by Julie Daniels from the New York State Archives and Jessica Maul from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust.
  • “Viewpoints on the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga” led by Judd Kramarcik from the Islip School District in Islip, New York.
  • “Using Art, Primary Source and Children’s Literature to Explore American Revolution” led by Tod Guilford from Bluff Elementary School in Claremont, New Hampshire.
  • “We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident” led by Wendy Bergeron from Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, New Hampshire.
  • “The End of an Atlantic Life: The Death of Sir William Johnson (1774) in Imperial Context” led by Jon Parmenter from Cornell University.

Pre-registration to attend the conference is required. The cost is $40 per person and includes a box lunch. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org under the “Education” tab by selecting “Educators” on the drop down menu. You can learn about other opportunities for educators at Fort Ticonderoga in 2015 on the same page.

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Go Beyond Bullets and Blades at Fort Ticonderoga!

New Special Tour Invites Visitors to Handle Fort Ticonderoga’s Weapon Collection

largegunsFort Ticonderoga introduces a rare opportunity to go beyond the exhibition case to examine and handle original 18th-century weapons with the supervision and knowledge of Fort Ticonderoga’s expert staff. The “Beyond Bullets and Blades” tour is offered every Wednesday at 2 pm from May – August. The cost is $10 per person and is limited to 5 participants per tour; advanced reservations are required.

For over a century, Fort Ticonderoga has been recognized for its extensive and encyclopedic collection of historic weapons, preserving North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection. “Beyond Bullets and Blades” offers a unique perspective of history that examines how industrial methods were used to produce weapons by the thousands to equip soldiers across the globe.

“This specialty experience offers participants the opportunity to learn how artisans in Europe and America transformed iron, brass, and wood into weapons that decided empires and revolutions,” said Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections. “Feel the bulk and imagine what it was like for the soldiers of the 18th century to carry these very weapons into battle.”

In addition to the “Beyond Bullets and Blades” 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; discover the Sunsets and Secrets in the 1826 Historic Pavilion house tour; work together to walk in the steps of great generals during the To Act as One United Body program; and discover the first hammer blows of French soldiers in the Beneath Fortress Walls tour. Advanced reservations are required. To learn more about our specialty tours call 518-585-2821 or Click here.

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Fort Ticonderoga and Amtrak Turn Rails to Wheels With a New Shuttle Service in Ticonderoga

DCIM100MEDIAGuests to Ticonderoga arriving by train aboard America’s National Railroad Passenger Corporation’s (Amtrak) Adirondack Train will now be able to hop on to Fort Ticonderoga’s new shuttle service thanks in part to Amtrak support.  Beginning on Friday May 22, 2015 (Memorial Day weekend), shuttle service will pick up guests arriving to Ticonderoga from both the north and southbound Amtrak trains where they will be transported to Ticonderoga’s Best Western Plus Inn and Suites and the Fort Ticonderoga museum campus. The service will be provided free of charge to Amtrak travelers through September 7, 2015. For more information, call Fort Ticonderoga at 518-585-2821.

The 2015 season marks the fourth year of Fort Ticonderoga and Amtrak’s partnership.  The Ticonderoga Train station located at Fort Ticonderoga has been a popular stop for guests along Amtrak’s Adirondack line. This year, Amtrak will offer one free companion rail fare with the purchase of one regular adult rail fare, on the state supported Adirondack line to and from Fort Ticonderoga, New York, now through October 31, 2015.  Participating travelers will also receive a buy one/get one free discount on daily admission to Fort Ticonderoga.

Amtrak customers simply need to purchase tickets a minimum of 3 days in advance. Fare discount will be automatically applied when qualifying travel is selected. The Northbound Adirondack operates daily between New York City and Montreal, departing New York Penn Station at 8:15 am arriving in Ticonderoga at 1:22 pm. The Southbound Adirondack departs Montreal at 10:20 am, arriving in Ticonderoga at 3:18 pm.

“The partnership with Amtrak will enable Fort Ticonderoga to continue to reach a broader destination market from New York City to Montreal. We are particularly pleased to be able to provide transportation for guests arriving at the train station during the 2015 tourism season,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Connecting guests visiting Ticonderoga to hotels and destination experiences is vital to growing our tourism economy. Fort Ticonderoga is very pleased to take this leadership role in welcoming guests to the Town of Ticonderoga and orienting them to the many experiences offered on our beautiful museum campus and in our community.”

“Amtrak is pleased to partner with Fort Ticonderoga and the New York State Department of Transportation to help connect train passengers with this unique American heritage site,” said Deb Sanderson, Amtrak Marketing & Sales manager.  “Better access to this and other local attractions can help stimulate tourism and other economic benefits.”

“Providing shuttle service directly between the Amtrak station and Fort Ticonderoga will allow North Country travelers to connect more easily with the history and beauty of Fort Ticonderoga,” said New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Commissioner Joan McDonald.  “Governor Andrew M. Cuomo uses investments in transportation to enhance mobility and economic development.  This initiative is one more example of that important work.”

Every day is an event and every year is a new experience at Fort Ticonderoga. This year, discover 1756 from the French perspective and explore the front line of New France. Opening for the 106th season on Saturday, May 9, Fort Ticonderoga’s daily programming will bring to life this epic story through tours, new exhibits, soldier’s life programs, historic trades, gardens, hands-on family programs, and Carillon boat tours.

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Regional Students win Awards at New York State History Day

JBD_1541aTwo projects by North Country students won special prizes at New York State History Day held in Cooperstown, New York, on Monday, April 27. Ben Caito and Liam Sayward, homeschool students from the Plattsburgh area won the Hanaford Mills Museum’s Power of Rural History Award and Mackenzie Strum from Ticonderoga High School won the American Labor Studies Award.

Over 400 students participated at New York State History Day, part of the National History Day program that begins with regional contests around the state. North Country History Day includes students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Warren counties and is held at Fort Ticonderoga each March. Winners at the regional level advance to compete in Cooperstown. Winners at the state level advance to National History Day held in College Park, Maryland, each June.

Ben Caito from Jay, NY and Liam Sayward from Peru, NY competed in the Senior Group Performance category with “Let the Future Tell the Truth.” They won the Hanford Mills Museum’s Power of Rural History Award for an outstanding entry that explores the impact of ingenuity, entrepreneurship, technology, and/or natural resources on rural life. Hanford Mills generates powerful messages about the effect of technological changes on community life, especially the impact of energy and technology on rural communities. The museum explores technological innovation, for example, how processes change even as products and services remain the same.

Mackenzie Strum competed in the Senior Individual Performance category with “Frances Perkins: The Woman behind the New Deal.” She won the American Labor Studies Award for an outstanding entry on labor history in the United States presented by the American Labor Studies Center at the Kate Mullany National Historic Site and sponsored by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Students from Moriah Central School, Peru Junior High School, Peru Senior High School, and St. Mary’s School (Ticonderoga) also represented the region at New York State History Day on April 27.

National History Day is the nation’s leading program for history education in schools. The program annually engages 2 million people in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, research papers, and website designs. They may enter in competition at the regional, state, and national level. Participants include students in grades 6-8 in the Junior Division and grades 9-12 in the Senior Division. National History Day also provides educational services to students and teachers, including a summer internship program, curricular materials, internet resources, and annual teacher workshops and training institutes. Fort Ticonderoga hosts teacher workshops about History Day each fall in the North Country and Regional Coordinator Rich Strum is available to meet with teachers at their schools to introduce the program. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal in 2011, “Students who participate in National History Day—actually a year-long program that gets students in grades 6-12 doing historical research—consistently outperform their peers on state standardized tests, not only in social studies but in science and math as well.”

Teachers and students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Warren counties interested in participating in North Country History Day during the 2015-16 school year should contact Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga Director of Education and North Country Regional Coordinator for New York State History Day, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or at (518) 585-6370.

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Register for Fort Ticonderoga’s Twentieth Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War

Fort Ticonderoga presents the opportunity to attend the Twentieth Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War May 15-17, 2015. This annual conference focuses on the French & Indian War in North America (1754-1763), bringing together a panel of distinguished historians from around the country and beyond. The War College takes place in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required. The registration deadline for this seminar is Friday May 8, 2015.

War College“Begun in 1996, the War College of the Seven Years’ War has become one of the country’s premier seminars on the French & Indian War,” said Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Education. “It features a mix of new and established scholars in an informal setting for a weekend of presentations related to the military, social, and cultural history of the French & Indian War. An enthusiastic audience of nearly 200 people represents all levels of interest, from general lovers of history to scholars.”

The cost of the program is $155. There are discounts available for Members of Fort Ticonderoga. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org by clicking on “Education” and selecting “Workshops and Seminars” on the drop down menu. Printed copies are available by calling (518) 585-2821. Contact Rich Strum, Director of Education, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org if you have any questions.

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Spend the Day at Fort Ticonderoga! 2015 Season Begins Saturday, May 9

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Experience Fort Ticonderoga on land and water during the 2015 season, beginning on Saturday, May 9. Fort Ticonderoga is a multi-day family destination that encourages visitors to build their perfect adventure in America’s most historic landscape. Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience. It is the only site in the world that tells a new story each year through dynamic historical interpretation. This year is 1756 at Fort Ticonderoga; a fundamental year in the construction of the Fort and the jardin du Roi (King’s Garden). Guests will discover 1756 from the French perspective and explore how it took an empire to sustain and fight for a continent.

Daily programming will bring to life this epic story through new programs and exhibits, living history weekends, special events, gardens, the Carillon Battlefield hiking trail, canoe rentals, Mount Defiance, hands-on family activities, and most recent to this experience—daily boat tours aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s new 60 ft. cruise boat, the Carillon.

“Fort Ticonderoga is a family destination and a center for learning. A visit is an interactive, multi-faceted experience,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO. “It’s exploring the beautiful gardens, finding adventure in our events, marching with the Fife and Drum Corps, and learning about a historic trade. Visitors can engage in a number of interactive experiences as they walk through the restored Fort, immerse themselves in the history of Lake Champlain on a boat tour, and spend an afternoon in our exhibit galleries exploring our premier collections.”

2015 Highlights:

Carillon BoatEnjoy Fort Ticonderoga from the water aboard the Carillon! The 60-foot, 49-passenger tour boat Carillon offers daily tours around the Ticonderoga Peninsula. Set between the Green and Adirondack Mountains, tours on the Carillon explore not only the epic 18th-century military stories, but also the maritime heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries. From the 1777 American bridge piers to remains of railroads, side-scanning sonar provides a picture of the archaeological wealth that surrounds Ticonderoga.

Experience 1756 this year! A variety of daily soldier’s activities, tours, musket demos, Fife and Drum Corps performances, and special family programming will immerse guests in the story of this remarkable year of when Ticonderoga was the front line of New France.

$DSC_9287Step into the shoe maker’s shop and tailor’s shop to explore how Fort Carillon served as a major supply depot producing the shoes and clothing that shaped French uniforms in 1756. With needle and thread or awl and bristle discover what kinds of supplies were used to protect soldiers from the elements at this front-line outpost. From tree to timber and beam to building, watch carpentry in action as French soldiers use hand tools to recreate real buildings from 1756.

Fort Ticonderoga features four new exhibits: 1756: The Front Line of New France, Iron & Stone: Building Fort Carillon, Object Lessons: Perspectives on Material Culture and Diorama-Rama: History in Miniature. The South Barracks has been the museum’s primary exhibition space and has undergone a complete redesign to celebrate its re-opening in 2015. The building encompasses three stories and nearly 10,000 square feet of gallery space covering topics from prehistory to the 20th century.

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The beautiful King’s Garden, one of North America’s oldest gardens and the largest public garden in the Adirondack-Lake Champlain region, is now open all season and offers several new garden-related programs for children and adults as well as daily tours. Guests will roll up their sleeves and dig into Fort Ticonderoga’s centuries of horticulture in the formal Colonial Revival garden and five additional plots in the Discovery Gardens. A new interactive Soldiers’ Gardening program welcomes visitors to help tend the gardens alongside French soldiers as they grow rows of vital vegetables to supplement their issued rations of bread, pork, and dried peas. Gardening: Then and Now will encourage visitors to sow and hoe with an early 20th-century interpreter portraying one of the Pell family’s personal gardeners, and learn how gardening supported the family throughout the era of reconstruction.

livestock 6This spring, Fort Ticonderoga is launching a heritage breeds program to bring period cattle and chickens to the garrison grounds for its 2015 portrayal of 1756. Animals were essential to the survival of armies at Ticonderoga. Cattle provided meat and milk but also hauled timber, cannon and supplies. Chickens and hogs were raised to feed officers and enlisted soldiers.

 

 

 

cornmazeThe Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure, the popular family activity, will continue in its fifth year with a new design for 2015.  Guests will find new clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s history while they explore a six-acre corn maze. Hidden in the maze are 8 stations, each representing a component of the 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 and is great fun for all ages. The corn maze opens August 14 and is included with general admission.

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Visit Mount Defiance to witness a birds-eye view of Fort Ticonderoga’s epic military landscape and discover how this summit shaped America’s history! Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour is offered daily at 4 pm.

Recreation activities will highlight Fort Ticonderoga’s rich historic landscape in 2015! A family scavenger hunt will be part of the hiking trail winding around Carillon Battlefield. The trail offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to explore epic history and natural beauty, and the canoe rental program provides a unique perspective of Fort Ticonderoga’s history from the stunning waters of Lake Champlain.

Hours and Admission:

Fort Ticonderoga is open daily from May 9 through November 1, 2015 from 9:30 am until 5 pm. General admission tickets to Fort Ticonderoga can be purchased online at www.fortticonderoga.org or on site at the admissions booth upon entry. Members of Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Resident Ambassador Pass holders are admitted free of charge. Combination tickets for Fort Ticonderoga admission and Carillon boat cruises are available. Two-day admission tickets to Fort Ticonderoga are also available at a discounted rate.

Funding for the 2015 season is provided in part by Amtrak.  Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer!

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