Exciting Living History Event planned for opening weekend, May 7 – 8
Experience an immersive living history event at Fort Ticonderoga highlighting the occupation of Ticonderoga by the American Northern Continental Army. On Saturday May 7 through Sunday May 8, guests will step into the year 1777 as soldiers muster together to train and dig-in, preparing for General Burgoyne’s British and Brunswick army expected at any time. This event will kick off the 2016 season at Fort Ticonderoga and capture the site’s epic story from the American perspective. Event tickets are included with daily admission. Two-day admission ticket discounts apply. Members of Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass holders, and children age 4 and under are free. For more information, call (518) 585-2821 or visit fortticonderoga.org.
“‘Carry on the Works in the Northern Army’ living history event will trace the footsteps of New England regulars and militia as they encamp, cook and entrench themselves to keep the Ticonderoga camp in American hands,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga’s Senior Director of Interpretation. “Saturday morning, nearly to the same day as in 1777, guests will witness Massachusetts soldiers dig in and recreate a full scale redoubt, small enclosed fortifications, built to better reinforce the American position at Ticonderoga. In real scale, with the same type of tools and materials used 239 years ago, Fort Ticonderoga Museum Staff and re-enactors will raise earthen walls, which could stop or deflect musket and cannon fire, as they responded in kind. This amazing hands-on piece of experimental archaeology will help to teach us about the military science in 1777. Guests will have the opportunity to grab a shovel and lend a hand to see what it takes to build such massive earthworks! The excitement will continue into Sunday as oxen demonstrate just how easily they can move logs weighing thousands of pounds.”
“Fort Ticonderoga has the largest surviving network of Revolutionary War earthworks in North America,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President and CEO. “The miles of entrenchments built along the Ticonderoga peninsula were the sole defense for the American Army in 1776 and 1777. This living history event will recreate this epic narrative through immersive programming and demonstrations, and bring together the science and math with the day-to-day work of American soldiers preparing to defend Ticonderoga in 1777.”
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, exhibitions, and educational programming. This year is 1777 at Fort Ticonderoga; a fundamental year and turning point in the American Revolution. Guests will discover 1777 as German, Canadian, British, and American soldiers, as well as their native allies, fought to control the vital Lake Champlain corridor. Daily programming will bring to life this epic story through tours, soldier’s life programs, historic trades, soldier’s gardening, hands-on family programs, museum exhibitions, and daily boat tours aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s 60 ft. cruise boat, the Carillon.