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Key to the Continent Tour: The Year of the Hangman
Daily 10:15 AM, 1:15 PM, 3:00 PM
Could Ticonderoga have been held by the Continental Army in 1777? Was its loss a disaster or a prudent retreat? Create your own answers to questions that have enthralled officers and armchair generals alike for 239 years. Explore how two decades of military occupation culminated with rich cultures and characters at Ticonderoga in 1777.
Musket Firing Demonstrations
Daily 11:00 AM
Artillerymen were first trained as soldiers. In a pinch soldiers were trained to serve the artillery. Discover how muskets and carbines, slung across the backs of cannon crews, were vital in the defense of their guns, their positions, and their lives.
Cannon Firing Demonstrations
Daily 2:00 PM
Don’t let the wooden wheels fool you, the cannon and its carriage was an intricate piece of military hardware. Discover the surprising power of a well-drilled cannon crew operating this finely-tuned weapon.
Breaking Ground: A Tour of the Historic Gardens
May, June, September, October 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM
July and August 11:45 AM & 2:45 PM
From military garrison gardens to a secluded colonial revival commemorative spectacle of color and light, explore one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in America. Discover the layers of horticultural history of the Ticonderoga peninsula.
A Continent's Collections: A Guided Tour of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum
June, July, and August, 11:30 AM, and 2:30 PM (Parade Ground)
Exhibitions staff will lead you on a guided tour of this remarkable museum's highlights. Begun more than a century ago, the Fort Ticonderoga museum has North America's largest and most important collection of 18th-century military material culture. Get the scoop on the most significant, rare, and interesting pieces in the collection.
July and August, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Discover the techniques that make our garden thrive! Guests of all ages are invited to practice alongside garden staff as they demonstrate seeding, plant division and ways to care for blooming plants.
Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour
Daily 4:00 PM
Oh the stories this graceful hill overlooking Fort Ticonderoga could tell! As Fort Ticonderoga relives 1777, discover the unique tactical role of Mount Defiance in the story of this decisive campaign.
Family Guided Tour
Daily July through August, 10:40 AM and 1:40 PM
In this fun, active tour, explore the history of this great fort. Discover all the fun things to do during your visit.
Fife & Drum Corps
Daily, July through August (various locations)
Listen to stirring tunes that eased the drudgery of a long march, or the many calls that regulated activity in the fort. Explore how drumbeats, trilling fifes and songs created an 18th-century world of military music.
Soldiers’ Life Programs
Programs Offered Daily
Explore the soldiers’ world in 1777 as campaigns brought men, women, and children from as far afield as Germany and Great Britain and as close as Canada and New England. With hands-on experiences discover 1777, one of the most decisive and diverse campaigns at Ticonderoga.
“195 barrels of beef, at 212 lbs,” each equals FOOD, on the scale of an army. Join the mess cook at the camp kitchen to discover how Ticonderoga was more supply depot than Fort. See how in 1777 soldiers’ rations could spell retreat, victory, or surrender.
Whether cobbled together fowlers or brand new imported muskets, these weapons depended on the soldiers’ time and attention to keep them in working order. Watch as hot water, grease, and a little brick dust keep these weapons working; lock, stock and barrel.
Needle and thread weren’t just for clothes. From tents to knapsacks and tarps to bales examine the world of, “Campaign Necessaries,” that made skilled soldier-tailors necessary for far more than just clothing.
Whether a bounty of two pairs of shoes promised by the Continental Congress or two pairs of leather shoe soles donated by the King of England himself, explore how issues of economics and supply stitch together to protect a soldier’s feet. See shoemakers among the ranks repair their comrades’ shoes in a campaign that tried men’s souls.
As the epic campaign of 1777 unfolded the carpentry work of soldiers only quickened. Discover the incredible demand for lumber at Ticonderoga and how soldiers turned thousands of board feet into everything from barracks and bateaux to batteries and blockhouses.
Even as the British Army tightened the noose around American held Ticonderoga, soldiers were pulled from the lines to tend the garden. Discover how the King’s Garden still bore vital vegetables as it and Ticonderoga itself changed hands between armies in 1777.