Soldiers Life Programs:
In all the talk of battles, dates, and generals what was is really like to be at Ticonderoga in 1757?
Fort Ticonderoga’s historic trades show a much bigger picture than military duty. Through hands-on demonstrations explore the construction of familiar, everyday objects, back in 1757. Every tool tells a story, from global networks of trade to today’s detectives who study these period crafts to keep them alive. Step into everyday life in 1757 as skilled craftsmen make the clothing, shoes, accouterments, and buildings used here today.
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.
So why was there all that wool in the clothes? Follow the logic behind soldiers’ uniforms, balancing appearance on parade with durability and comfort on campaign in all seasons. See how centuries of experience and current fashion in 1757 shaped French uniforms. Learn the stitches used by soldiers and tailors alike to build, repair, and fit uniforms. Handle the materials used to protect soldiers from the elements at this front-line outpost.
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.