Daily Programs

 

What's to come in 2017:
TWO WARS. FIVE BATTLES. ONE FORT.
Every year at Fort Ticonderoga is a new story!
 
Relive the defining moments in America’s history when nations fought to control a continent. Located within the shadow of the Adirondack Mountains and overlooking Vermont’s picturesque Green Mountains, Fort Ticonderoga guards the historic portage between Lake Champlain and Lake George. The French and their native allies failed to conquer this region during the French & Indian War. And a generation later, the British failed during the Revolutionary War. In the end, Americans controlled Lake Champlain, and therefore controlled the continent. 
 
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Tours & Demonstrations
 
Key to the Continent Tour
Daily 10:15 AM, 1:15 PM, 3:00 PM
Have you heard of the book, “Last of the Mohicans?” Discover the real story of 1757. Imagine Fort Carillon filled inside and out with French soldiers, native warriors, and cannon preparing to take the fight for New France all the way up Lake George. Explore this chapter among many in the history of Ticonderoga, the Key to the Continent.
 
Musket Firing Demonstrations
Daily 11:00 AM
Even in the wilderness, a soldier’s world was siege and defense behind earthen walls. Discover the muskets of French soldiers and artillerymen and how they worked together to hold their ground.
 
Cannon Firing Demonstrations
Daily 2:00 PM
Artillerymen’s work was half art and half science, carefully measuring powder, wadding, and iron cannon balls, to make powerful, perfectly-aimed shots. In 1757 how did French Artillerymen take their guns over mountains and lakes to batter British forts?
 
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.
 
Daily 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.
 
Hands-on Horticulture
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.
 
Oh, the stories this graceful hill overlooking French Fort Carillon could tell! As Fort Ticonderoga relives 1757, discover the unique tactical role of Mount Defiance in the story of this decisive campaign.
 
Family Guided Tour
Daily July and 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
In the midst of great campaigns and sieges, discover daily life for French soldiers at Fort Carillon. See how peoples from across oceans and continents met here at Carillon in 1757.
 
Soldiers’ Dinner
What happened to the bread? Discover how in the midst of military victory, crop failure spelled real trouble for Canadians and French soldiers alike in 1757.
 
Musket Maintenance
Whether muskets, grenadier muskets, or hunting fusils, each shot of black powder left fouling which ate away at the gun unless cleaned off. Watch as hot water, grease, and a little brick dust keep these weapons working; lock, stock and barrel.
 
Tailoring
Soldiers pushing needle and thread made far more than just clothing. From napkins and haversacks to tarps and even lock covers for muskets, discover all the many necessary things fashioned from cloth.
 
Shoemaking
Cheap, plentiful, handmade, genuine leather shoes: it’s too good to be true, right? Join skilled shoemakers as they ply their trade, making and fixing French soldiers’ shoes. Discover how artisan work and mass-production together made shoes for soldiers and subjects alike. Enjoy the subtle style of a man’s shoe in 1757 and the science of making it fit with our skilled shoemakers.
 
Carpentry
From tree to timber and beam to building, watch carpentry in action as French soldiers use hand-tools to recreated real buildings from 1757.  See the uncommon skills that were common among soldiers and allowed armies to build massive fortifications like Fort Carillon, here at Ticonderoga. Step into this laboratory, as we reveal new insights into soldiers’ construction through research and experimentation.
 
 

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