Programs for Homeschool Students

Homeschool Day at Fort Ticonderoga

Friday, September 8, 2017

Spend a day at Fort Ticonderoga and take part in a series of programs designed for homeschool families. While interacting with French soldiers, students can ask about the life at the 18th-century fort.

During the day, students can learn about the French troops who helped defend Fort Ticonderoga in the fall of 1757. While interacting with these French soldiers, students can ask about the life of an 18th-century soldier. What did he eat? Where did he sleep? What did he wear? Where did his clothes come from?

Students can explore the Fort and museum exhibitions. They can take guided tours, learn about the Fort’s history, and observe musket demonstrations. They can visit the historic trades shop, where shoes and clothing are produced by the Fort’s staff, and learn about the global economy of the 1750s.

I wanted to thank Ft. Ticonderoga for Homeschool Day. My kids & I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing a day at the fort. The demonstrations were wonderful, and we enjoyed learning about the history of the fort & the area. The guide explaining the geography of the area & lakes helped us to understand why the fort was so strategically desired. --2015 Homeschool Day Participant

By the way, the day was AMAZING!!! No joke, it was absolutely everything we hoped for and more. We all want to come back! Thank you to everyone who put so much effort, planning, enthusiasm, and time into a perfect way to start the homeschooling year!!! --2015 Homeschool Day Participant

All of you at Fort Ticonderoga should be high-fiving each other!  Your homeschool day was incredible!  My family and I have traveled all over the Northeast and Midwest attending homeschool events at historical landmarks, national parks, national lakeshore, etc, and yours was one of the best!  We had an amazing time enjoying your majestic fort in it's beautiful surroundings on Lake Champlain.  The interpreters were informative and interesting.  Every staff member and volunteer was friendly and helpful. Thank you for this special event geared towards the homeschooling family.  We've been telling everyone how great Fort Ticonderoga is!  We'll definitely be back!--2015 Homeschool Day Participant


Student admission fo Homeschool Day is $6 per student with one free parent. Additional adults pay $14 each. Student rates apply to Grades K-12.

Making Reservations

To make a reservation for Homeschool Day, contact our School and Youth Program Coordinator by calling 518-585-6370 or emailing

Homeschool Day Schedule 

10:15--Guided Tour—Learn about the history of Fort Ticonderoga on this 30-minute guided tour. Begins at the American Flag.

10:30--Carillon Boat Cruise--Explore Ticonderoga's history from the water! Embark on this adventure for an unforgettable experience aboard the Carillon cruise vessel. Reservations are required, please call (518) 585-2821 to reserve your spot!

10:40--Historic Trades Program, Shoemaking—Visit the Shoemaker and learn about the repair and production of shoes in 1757. Program takes place in the Shoe Shop on the ground floor of the Officers’ Barracks.

11:00-1:00--Watercolors in the King's Garden—Try your hand at Watercolor Paints, while using the beautiful landscapes of the King’s Garden as your inspiration. Not into paint? Colored Pencils will also be available with suggestions for painting and drawing.

11:00--Musket Demo—Learn French soldiers plans to defend Fort Carillon, including the loading and firing of muskets. This takes place in the Demonstration Area on the south side of the fort.

11:30--King's Garden Tour—Learn about the history of the King’s Garden and the Grounds surrounding the Pavilion. Tour begins at the American Flag.

12:00--Mid-Day Mess Program—Learn about how the French Troops at Fort Carillon in 1757 prepared their mid-day meal in a camp kitchen. Program takes place at the Camp Kitchen next to the fort’s archway.

12:30-- "To Act as One United Body" In the Footsteps of the Continental Soldiers--In this program, children can observe a musket demonstration and practice formation tactics. The soldier's experience comes to life as children learn about key aspects of the American Revolution. Come learn about the training used to prepare soldiers to meet a powerful enemy, what soldiers ate, and experience the confusion of battle. Advanced reservations are required, along with an additional $4.00 per person. Please call (518) 585-2821 to reserve your spot!

12:40--Historic Trades Program, Carpentry—See the specialized skills that were common among soldiers and that allowed armies to build massive fortifications like Fort Carillon, later named Ticonderoga. 

1:15--Guided Tour—see 10:15 description.

1:30--National History Day Program introduction—Learn about the National History Day Program, a program for students in grades 6-12. Program takes place in the 2nd floor classroom in the Mars Education Center.

2:00--Cannon Demonstration- Learn how the French Army used well trained cannon crews to make cannons effective in 1757.

2:00-4:00--Guided, hands-on activities in the King's Garden! Learn about the history and the layers of horticulture at Fort Carillon. 

2:30--Historic Trades Program, Tailoring-- From napkins and haversacks to tarps and even lock covers for muskets, discover all the many necessary things fashioned from cloth.

2:30--King's Garden Tour—see 11:30 description.

3:00--Guided Tour—see 10:15 description.

4:00--Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour-- Get a birds-eye view of America’s most historic landscape! As Fort Ticonderoga relives 1757, join this tour and imagine the rows of soldiers’ tents and the fleet of war canoes of this stored campaign and discover the sweeping saga of Ticonderoga surrounded in stunning scenic beauty.

Ongoing Activities at Fort Ticonderoga

9:30-5:00 Explore the Museum! We have several new exhibits this year, with lots of intriguing experiences for students.  See teacher resources to help plan your visit.

12:00-4:00 The Heroic Corn Maze! Explore Fort Ticonderoga’s six-acre corn maze. Find your way through both phases of this maze. Try out the “Engineer a Fort Quest” and place your name on the wall of fame! Last entry at 3:30.

9:30-5:00--Explore the Kings Garden! Roll up your sleeves and help the gardeners, or just experience the beauty of the gardens. We also have suggestions for self-guided activities in the gardens posted in the garden kiosk. 

North Country History Day

The National History Day® program provides homeschool families with an excellent opportunity for project-based learning. Students create projects based on an annual theme and compete at the regional, state, and national level.

Fort Ticonderoga coordinates North Country History Day for students is Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties in New York State. Homeschool students who reside in these six counties are invited to participate. Learn More.