Fort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” continues on Sunday, February 12th, at 2 p.m. with “Vive le Roi! French Regiments at Carillon,” presented by Senior Director of Interpretation, Stuart Lilie. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the gate; Fort Ticonderoga Members and Ambassador Pass Holders are admitted free of cost. The program will take place in the Mars Education Center.
Most Americans have heard of the Black Watch and Inneskilling Regiments who served the British army at Ticonderoga. Much less well-known, but equally fascinating, are the regimental histories and traditions of the French army. During this “Fort Fever” program, Lilie will trace the rich history of the French army regiments who served at Carillon (later named Ticonderoga) by exploring their lineage and traditions that continue today.
“2017 is a French year at Ticonderoga,” said Lilie. “Our programming throughout the year will focus on the French soldiers that served the fortification in 1757, a year that highlights a fundamental shift in French tactics and native participation in the Seven Years’ War in America. This presentation will set the stage for our upcoming programs and highlight the legacy of these soldiers who travelled across the Atlantic to North America to fight for the French empire.”
“Each year Fort Ticonderoga focuses its programs on a specific year and regiment that served here historically,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO. “Through extensive research in the Fort Ticonderoga Museum collections, staff is able to recreate a very specific moment in Ticonderoga’s history and create new experiences for guests each year from the top of Mount Defiance, to the waters of Lake Champlain, to the fort and gardens. Because of this unique story telling approach, Ticonderoga has become a repeat must-see destination for people from across the United States.”
The “Fort Fever Series” is just one of several programs taking place at Fort Ticonderoga this winter and early spring. Clothing and Accoutrement Workshops are offered March 11 & 12 and April 8 & 9. Fort Ticonderoga presents living history events February 18th (1775 British Garrison at Ticonderoga) and March 25th (Four Divisions formed at Fort Carillon; Rigaud’s Attack of Fort William Henry). The Sixth Annual Garden & Landscape Symposium will be held on April 8th. You can learn more about these programs by visiting www.fortticonderoga.org. Some programs require advanced registration.
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Photo: The Fort Fever Series continues on February 12th as Senior Director of Interpretation, Stuart Lilie, goes into depth about the French Regiments at Carillon. Admission is $10; Fort Ticonderoga Members and Ambassador Pass Holders are admitted for free.