Heritage Harvest and Horse Festival

Celebrate the Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of Fall!

September 27, 2014

Join Fort Ticonderoga and the King’s Garden to celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes of fall. Bring the whole family for a full day of autumn fun. The King’s Garden, a beautiful Colonial Revival garden built on the site of the 18th century soldiers' gardens of old, will be alive with fall fun and food.

Set in the garden’s floral scenery will be the lively and colorful harvest market, plus games and activities for all.  Get ready for your fall culinary and decorating desires with an array of fruits, vegetables, pumpkins, gourds, jams & jellies, and other fall favorites. Around the heirloom apple orchard of the King’s Garden, enjoy farm stands from local Adirondack and Vermont farms.

In this Festival, we celebrate the equine part of Fort Ticonderoga’s history. Experience the power and thunder of hooves through demonstrations of equestrian sports and working horses alike.  From farm horses to cavalry mounts, get a chance to meet some of these beautiful four-legged animals as you tour around the Fort’s garrison grounds and gardens. Learn more about the King’s Garden.


Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM
Ride around the beautiful grounds of the King’s Garden in a rustic wagon, pulled by a great team of draft horses.

Petting Zoo & Horse Rides 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Enjoy friendly goats, and other animals in the petting zoo. Saddle up on a lead horse and ride around the King’s Garden’s apple orchard, provided by Word of Life Ranch & Ranger Camp.

Face Painting - 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Sack Races in the King’s Garden 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM

Kids' Heritage Games - time TBA
Play 18th- & 19th-century games hosted by DaCy Meadow Farm, adjacent to the food tent.

Heroic Corn Maze 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Take a family trip through the six acre corn maze and try our new scavenger hunt game!


Harvest Market 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Featuring locally grown and locally made products our harvest market includes artisanal cheese, hand-woven baskets, perennials and mums, produce, maple syrup, honey, apple products and much more.

Live music by "Loose Monkeys" Acoustic Duo 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Breaking Ground: A Tour of the Historic Gardens 11:30 AM & 2:30 PM
From a formal Colonial Revival King’s Garden to a functional soldiers’ garden, from rations to radiant colors, explore one of the oldest gardens in America and learn about the peninsula’s Pell family legacy. Tour begins below the large American flag outside the Fort.

Ticonderoga Plein Air Festival artists paint at the Fort and gardens throughout the day.

Adirondack Winery Tastings – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Adirondack Winery, Lake George’s premier winery, welcomes you to stop by their booth to sample their hand-crafted, locally-made wines. From traditional dry varietals to semi-sweet & fruity wines, you’ll be sure to find a new favorite. You’ll also get to take home your favorites of the day, as featured wines will be available for sale by the bottle. Learn more.

Garden Grill 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The America's Fort Cafe serves all-American favorites, plus wine and local craft beer.

Dine with DaCy Meadow Farm 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Enjoy the fare of Dave & Cynthia Johnston of DaCy Meadow Farm in a picnic-style atmosphere. Outspoken champions of Localvore cuisine, they offer a selection of hearty homemade soups, sandwiches, and desserts made from farm-fresh, locally produced ingredients. Menu (subject to change) includes corn chowder, pulled pork sandwiches, homemade baked goods, homemade ice cream, and assorted hot & cold beverages. Vegetarian options are available as well. Learn More.


Horse Powered Hay Press 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
See how the tractor didn’t supplant the horse right away with the horse powered hay press. Watch this hay baler in action packing and binding loose hay into square bales for storage, all with the power of a single horse.

The Philadelphia Light Horse 12:00 PM
Discuss with Director of Interpretation, Stuart Lilie the Philadelphia Light Horse and their role in the Revolutionary War history of Fort Ticonderoga. Discover how these gentlemen volunteers from the city of Philadelphia clothed and equipped themselves to be cavalry men. Learn about the two important missions that members of this troop had in 1775 and 1776. Learn More

First Vermont Cavalry 1:00 PM
Serving practically the entire American Civil War, the First Vermont Volunteer Cavalry had an impressive record in many famous battles with the Army of the Potomac. See how these cavalrymen in Federal service could fight whether mounted or dismounted with their carbines, pistols, or sabers. Discover how these cavalrymen served as the eyes and ears of an army and as a potent raiding force even in an era of rifle-muskets and repeating arms.

Green Mountain Hounds  3:00 PM
Follow the cry of the hounds from the Kings Garden to learn more about the sport of Foxhunting. Discuss how this traditional rural equestrian sport has evolved to be a fun and humane exercise for hounds and horsemen alike. From a vantage above the King’s Garden, watch as the Green Mountain Hounds hunt the beautiful garrison grounds of Fort Ticonderoga galloping at with the pack at full cry. Learn More.