Daily Programs

 

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 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3 p.m. (Begins at the American Flag)
During this 30 minute tour, discover the real story of 1757. Step into Fort Carillon, later named Ticonderoga, 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 to secure the empire. Explore this chapter among many in the history of Ticonderoga, the Key to the Continent.
 
Family Guided Tour
Daily July and August, 10:40 a.m. and 1:40 p.m.(Begins at the American Flag)
In this fun, active tour, explore the history of the great fort. Discover all the fun things to do during your visit.
 
Musket Firing Demonstrations
Daily 11 a.m. (Demonstration Area)
Defending fort walls or siege trenches French soldiers could fire a hail of bullets. Discover the muskets of French soldiers and artillerymen and how they worked together to hold their ground.
 
A Guided Tour of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum
Daily 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. (Parade Ground)
More than a century of collecting has allowed Fort Ticonderoga to acquire North America’s largest and most important collection of 18th-century military material culture. This guided tour will give you the scoop on the most significant, rare, and interesting pieces in the collection.
 
Cannon Firing Demonstrations
Daily 2 p.m. (Demonstration Area)
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 at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (Begins at the American Flag)
July and August at 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. (Begins in the King’s Garden)
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.
 
Hands-on Horticulture
July and August, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (Begins in the King’s Garden)
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 at 4 p.m. May 27 - October 29, 2017 (begins at the top of Mount Defiance)
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.
 
Daily Soldiers' Life Programs
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, later named Ticonderoga, 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
Black powder left fouling in muskets corroded the weapons unless they were thoroughly cleaned. Watch as hot water, grease, and a little brick dust keep these firearms 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
Join skilled shoemakers as they make and fix French soldiers' shoes. Discover how Artisan's work and mass-production combined to make shoes for soldiers and subjects alike. 
 
Carpentry
From tree to timber and beam to building, watch as French soldiers use hand tools to make woodchips fly and recreate 1757 buildings. See the specialized skills that were common among soldiers and that allowed armies to build massive fortifications like Fort Carillon, later named Ticonderoga.