The People

Humans have occupied the Ticonderoga peninsula since pre-history. Ticonderoga has been a place where peoples and cultures have met. It was the border between Iroquoians and Algonquians, the French and English, the English and Americans. A frontier, at the crossroads of many cultures the human legacy of Ticonderoga is rich and varied. The military significance of this location made, and destroyed, reputations. The legacy of those events has continued to attract notable individuals from the late 18th century to the present. Today Ticonderoga is once again a crossroads 

A brief sampling of those who have passed through Ticonderoga reads like a who's-who of North America's triumphs and tragedies, the people who forged nations from empires, and who have shaped the continent to this day:

  • Jean-Armand Baron de Dieskau
  • James Abercromby
  • Lord George Augustus, Third Viscount Howe
  • Duncan Campbell of Inverawe
  • Robert Rogers
  • Louis Joseph, Marquis de Montcalm Gozon de Saint Véran
  • Chevalier de Lévis
  • Louis Antoine de Bougainville
  • Ethan Allen
  • Benedict Arnold
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Horatio Gates
  • Arthur St. Clair
  • Anthony Wayne
  • Thaddeus Kościuszko
  • George Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Madison
  • Benson Lossing
  • Robert Todd Lincoln
  • William Howard Taft

In addition to famous soldiers and statesmen thousands of fighting men and common citizens from America, Canada, France, Britain, Germany, and beyond toiled upon the shores and waters of Lake Champlain at Ticonderoga, and often gave their lives.

By supporting exhibitions, research, living history programs, lectures and symposia the Fort Ticonderoga Museum strives to honor its past by telling the stories of all that have passed across this land in war and peace.