Celebrate Fall at Fort Ticonderoga’s Heritage, Harvest, & Horse Festival on October 6, 2018!

Bring the whole family to the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival for a full day of autumn fun set in the midst of the King’s Garden heirloom apple trees and the beautiful Adirondack landscape on October 6, 2018!

Discover the historical importance of horses and other working animals during exciting demonstrations, meet friendly farm animals, stroll through our farmers market featuring local food, beverages, and crafts, participate in family fun activities, tackle the 6-acre Heroic Corn Maze, and be sure to purchase some of our beautiful harvest vegetables and plants from the historic King’s Garden! This fall-favorite event combined with daily Fort Ticonderoga programs including the Carillon boat cruise makes this an annual family tradition!

“Localvore” Food, Beer and Wine Tastings, Live Music, Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides and More!
Festival featured activities include: live music; horse-drawn wagon rides; delicious “localvore” food including homemade jams, jellies, and pies; regional beer, wine, and liquor tastings; the Annual Vegetable, Seed, and Plant Sale; a Harvest Market featuring locally grown and made products including; perennials and produce, maple syrup, honey, apple products, and more!

Children Activities
Kids of all ages will love the festival fall activities including face painting, creating a customized leaf book, sack races, colonial kids’ games, pumpkin painting, animal masks, natural dying, book reading in the teahouse, and other hands-on activities!

Animals!
Say hello to our friendly dynamic duo—Mick and Mack, watch the heavy hauling power of working oxen and follow the cry of the foxhunting Green Mountain Hounds.

Carillon Boat Cruise at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm
Enjoy gorgeous, sweeping views of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondack Mountains during a 90-minute narrated boat tour aboard the Carillon. Let our friendly and experienced staff be your guide to Lake Champlain’s centuries of stirring maritime heritage with panoramic vistas around you and a sonar view of shipwrecks below. Embark on this unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages! To make your reservation, visit www.fortticonderoga.org.

Heroic Corn Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure!
The day will not be complete without a visit to Fort Ticonderoga’s highly acclaimed Heroic Corn Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure!, where visitors explore the six-acre corn maze, with a new design for the 2018 season! Guests are able to find their way through the maze by selecting the correct answers to clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s history!

Admission to the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival is included with a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket. Fort Ticonderoga is open from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm daily (last ticket sold at 4:30 pm). For a complete event schedule, please visit https://www.fortticonderoga.org/events/fort-events/heritage-harvest-and-horse-festival/detail.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

Photo credit and copyright Fort Ticonderoga. 

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FIFTEENTH ANNUAL FORT TICONDEROGA SEMINAR ON THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga presents the Fifteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution September 21-23, 2018. This weekend seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the American War for Independence. The Seminar takes place in the Mars Education Center and is open to the public; pre-registration is required.

Did you know that Paul Revere faced a court-martial? Did you know the American artist of well-known paintings like “Declaration of Independence” and “The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis” served with the Continental Army at Ticonderoga in 1776? These two topics and more will be highlighted during the Annual Seminar on the American Revolution.

Since 2004, the Seminar on the American Revolution has become a noted national venue for presenters, featuring a mix of new and established scholars and a variety of topics on the War for American Independence. This year’s speakers include:

  • Dean Bruno, from North Carolina State University, “Why does the Almighty strike down the tree with lightning?”: The Sullivan Campaign of 1779, William Tecumseh Sherman, and the Creation of Memory.
  • Brady J. Crytzer, Robert Morris University, The White Sands of Freedom: The Patriot-Spanish Alliance to Capture British West Florida.
  • Rachel Engl, Lehigh University, “Live in love with, and in the exercise of kindness to my fellow-soldiers”: The Continental Army as America’s First Band of Brothers.
  • Michael Greenburg, author, The Court-Martial of Paul Revere.
  • Timothy Leech, Ohio State University, General Charles Lee in New York: Confronting Tories as well as the Boundaries of Military Authority.
  • Eric Schnitzer, Saratoga National Historical Park, Cook’s and Latimer’s Connecticut Militia Battalions and the Battles of Saratoga.
  • Paul Staiti, Mount Holyoke College, John Trumbull’s Revolution in the North Country.
  • Mary Stockwell, author, “This Horrid Trade of Blood”: The Revolutionary Transformation of Anthony Wayne.

The Seminar also features presentations by Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator Matthew Keagle on “A Coat Not My Own: Uniform Substitution in the Revolutionary Era” and Director of Academic Programs Richard Strum on “Convinced of the Necessity of preventing…Anarchy and Confusion”: Benedict Arnold’s Declaration of Principles and Its Place in Early Revolutionary History.

Registration for the Seminar is $155 per person, $135 for Fort Ticonderoga Members. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fort-ticonderoga.org.

Fort Ticonderoga will also host a book signing in the Museum Store on Saturday, September 22, 2018, in conjunction with the Fifteenth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution. Six authors will sign copies of their books from 1:00-1:30 pm. The book signing event is included in the cost of admission; members of Fort Ticonderoga are admitted at no cost.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series century artillery collection of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

Photo: Fort Ticonderoga hosts the Fifteenth Annual Seminar on the American Revolution on September 21-23, 2018. Photo credit Carl Heilman II, copyright Fort Ticonderoga.

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Fort Ticonderoga Awards Dr. H. Nicholas Muller III the 2018 Henry Knox Award Presentation Made at Annual Gala

Fort Ticonderoga recently awarded Dr. H. Nicholas Muller III the 2018 Henry Knox Award. The award was presented at Fort Ticonderoga’s Annual Summer Gala held on August 11, 2018

The award was given in recognition of Dr. Muller’s support and leadership as a Board member on The Fort Ticonderoga Association and his life-long contributions to the field of history.

“The Henry Knox Award acknowledges the herculean efforts of Nick in his work on behalf of The Fort Ticonderoga Association,” said Beth L Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Henry Knox is best known for his role in hauling 60 tons of artillery from Ticonderoga to relieve the siege of Boston over the winter of 1775 to 1776. This feat was justly regarded as a model of fortitude and perseverance. Similarly, Nick has shown that same spirit which motivated Henry Knox on that mission to do the heavy lifting needed to ensure that this institution, like the revolution, would survive and flourish.”

“Nick has committed his life to history, museum studies, and academic pursuits,” said Sanford Morhouse, The Fort Ticonderoga Association Board Chairman.  “It is a great honor to recognize Nick for his leadership over the past several years which fundamentally impacted Fort Ticonderoga for the better.  Further, he has contributed substantially to the field of history and continues to uncover new perspectives on a host of topics from Ethan Allen to Philip Skene.  It is a great honor to recognize Nick for his lifetime of accomplishments and thank him for his monumental support.”

Dr. H. Nicholas Muller was elected to the Board of Trustees of The Fort Ticonderoga Association in 2008. He retired and with his wife Carol moved to Essex, NY in 2002. He has served as the President & CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (Scottsdale, AZ and Spring Green, WI) from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Muller began his professional career as an Instructor at Dartmouth College and at Mt. Allison University (Sackville, NB, Canada). He joined the faculty of the University of Vermont (UVM) in 1966 as an Instructor in the History Department. He became Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Science and a tenured full Professor of History, and with his interest in Vermont’s history, he became active in the state, writing many of one governor’s speeches. The head of the Finances for the Vermont Bicentennial Commission, he also worked with John. H. G. Pell on the Champlain-Hudson-Bicentennial Committee. In 1978 he went to Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH) as President and from there to Madison, WI as Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, a statewide, multi-faceted state agency with 200 permanent staff. It had a library of 4,000,000 items in North American History. In 1984 he became a Director of Standex International Corp., retiring in 2016. He has published over 60 scholarly articles and a number of books. The Journal of the American Revolution put his 2014 Inventing Ethan Allen on its list of the top 100 books ever published on the American Revolution. [Fort Ticonderoga Trustee, James Kirby Martin has two books on that list.] He has published more than 150 newspaper columns syndicated in Vermont, New York, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Locally he serves (with Rolly Allen) as a director of the Elizabethtown Community Hospital, the North Country SPCA, an Honorary Trustee of the Vermont Historical Society, and he manages the Essex Community Fund. He continues to write and speak, and a new book The Rebel and the Tory: Ethan Allen, Philip Skene and the Creation of Vermont will appear soon. [Fort Ticonderoga has the largest collection of Skene papers in existence.] Dr. Muller earned a BA (with honors) from Dartmouth College (1960), a Ph. D. from the University of Rochester (1968), and Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) gave him an Honorary doctorate (1997).

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

Photo: Fort Ticonderoga awarded Dr. H. Nicholas Muller III the 2018 Henry Knox Award. The award was presented at Fort Ticonderoga’s Annual Summer Gala held on August 11, 2018. Pictured from left to right are Beth Hill, H. Nicholas Muller, III, Sanford Morhouse, Peter S. Paine, Jr.

Photo copyright Fort Ticonderoga

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Fort Ticonderoga Announces 2018 Volunteer Awards

Fort Ticonderoga recently held its annual Volunteer Reception to thank volunteers and recognize volunteer leadership. Rolly and Kathe Allen of Hague, New York, received the 2018 Fort Ticonderoga Volunteers of the Year award for their long-time support and advocacy.  A number of other awards were presented to volunteers during the reception, celebrating volunteers’ creative skills and dedication. Fort Ticonderoga volunteers have given more than 12,000 hours so far in 2018, up an impressive 20% vs 2017 with volunteer hours. Volunteer areas include public history, administration, special events, horticulture, education, development, collections management, and buildings and grounds.

“Rolly and Kathe Allen’s volunteer support of Fort Ticonderoga has had a substantial impact on our organization,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO. “Their enthusiasm for Fort Ticonderoga’s mission and programs is contagious. Rolly and Kathe’s willingness to always lend a hand, provide support, and open their home for our many cultivation events has made them an invaluable part of our Fort Ticonderoga family.”

Other volunteer recognition:

The Bookworm Award
Anne Vido is recognized for her outstanding effort and commitment to make the library accessible for staff and researcher discovery. Over the past year, Anne has cataloged hundreds of books into the collections database.

Layered Legacy Award
Frank Schlamp received this award for outstanding effort and commitment to documenting, preserving, and making our museum’s archeological collections accessible. Over the past year, Frank has drawn, cleaned, identified, rehoused, and labeled hundreds of objects from the many layers of our site’s history.

Here Comes the Judge Award
Jim Fry was recognized as a longtime judge at the annual North Country History Day competition at Fort Ticonderoga. Jim also volunteers with Fort Fever programs, the War College of the Sevens’ Year War, and living history events throughout the year.

The Servant of Two Maters Award
Mike Barbieri
has transcribed vast volumes of documents in the Frederick Haldimand Papers, which provided the foundation for exhibitions and public programs supporting the 2018 focus on 1781. Mike’s generosity routinely reaches across department bounds with the loan of his fabulous original Brunswick musket and his time and talents at living history events.

The Basket of Beauty Award
Betty Rettig 
earned this award for creating wonderful arrangements for the Log House Welcome Center and special events, as well as for teaching young and old her trade secrets.

The Tin Man Award
This award acknowledges Craig Russell and his dedication to our Interpretive Program.  Craig has created and repaired a substantial amount of tin work utilized by the Fort Ticonderoga Interpretive Department throughout the year.

The Miles of Stitching Award
In addition to driving countless miles from his home in Delaware to attend Fort Ticonderoga’s events and workshops, James Stone has stitched nearly every type of uniform we use just so he can continue to volunteer with us.

New volunteers are welcome to apply to our Volunteers Count! Program. Information and applications are available at www.fortticonderoga.org or by calling 518-585-2821. Volunteers who reach 10 hours of service receive free annual attendance and other special benefits.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™

Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

Photo: Fort Ticonderoga awarded Rolly and Kathe Allen the Volunteers of the Year award during the annual Volunteer appreciation gathering. 

Photo copyright Fort Ticonderoga

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Fort Ticonderoga Hosts Homeschool Day on September 7, 2018!

Fort Ticonderoga will host Homeschool Day for homeschool students and their parents on Friday, September 7, 2018, from 9:30 am-5:00 pm. Homeschool families will participate in interactive and immersive programs, visit museum exhibitions, and explore the historic site, including the King’s Garden, Carillon Battlefield Hiking Trail, and the Heroic Corn Maze. Other special opportunities will also be available during the “To Act as One United Body” program and aboard the Carillon tour boat.

Special this year, Homeschool Day will feature the story of 1781 as participants discover the later years of the Revolutionary War and the naval fleet on Lake Champlain amongst bustling British soldiers and sailors! Explore the math and science of sailing ships, moving soldiers, supplies, and cannon. Get the in-depth story of naval musketry and artillery through two weapon demonstrations! Try hands-on games and puzzles in the Artillery Laboratory.

See the beauty of the King’s Garden and create your own special memories through watercolors or roll up your sleeves to help tend the vegetables and flowers.  Find your way through towering stalks of corn in the new 2018 Heroic Corn Maze design from 12:00-4:00 pm!

Programs take place in the historic trades shops at 10:40 am, 12:40 pm, and 2:30 pm. A program at 12:00 pm illustrates the process of feeding the troops as the mid-day meal is prepared.

Embark on a 90-minute narrated boat cruise aboard the tour boat Carillon, special for home-school families at 10:30 am. Practice drills and formations of American soldiers at Ticonderoga during the Revolutionary War and observe a musket demonstration during the “To Act as One United Body” program at 12:30 pm.

To view the schedule, visit the events calendar on www.fortticonderoga.org. The cost is $6 per student, one free parent per family. Additional adults pay the group rate of $14. Pre-registration is not necessary. For questions, call 518-585-2821.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™

Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

Photo: Fort Ticonderoga hosts Homeschool Day on Friday, September 7, 2018, for homeschool students and their families.

Photo copyright Fort Ticonderoga

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August Family Fun at Fort Ticonderoga!

Bring the whole family to experience Fort Ticonderoga on land and water this August! Fort Ticonderoga offers a new line-up of fun, active, and hands-on programs that will be sure to excite and delight the whole family! Take a guided tour and explore the beautiful and historic grounds of Fort Ticonderoga, become a Gunner’s Apprentice and help soldiers and sailors with their daily duties, climb aboard the tour boat, Carillon, to experience the history on Lake Champlain, join a Cannon Crew and practice the steps to successfully load and fire a cannon, journey down to the King’s Garden, roll up your sleeves, and join the garden program to learn about the different types of produce used at Fort Ticonderoga.

Throughout August, we are offering a NEW line-up of fun and hands-on programs that will be sure to excite and delight the whole family!

The Heroic Corn Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! With a New 2018 Design! 

Share time with family and friends while exploring our unique 6-acre corn maze located on the shores of Lake Champlain. Getting lost in this life-size puzzle is part of the fun as you look for history clues among towering stalks of corn! Find clues connected to our story as you make your way through the maze!

Family Guided Tours

We know history needs to be delivered to different audiences in different ways, so that’s why we’ve designed a special tour just for families, presented every day in August! This interactive overview teaches visitors of all ages about the armies that made Fort Ticonderoga their home and about how critical Fort Ticonderoga was.

Gunner’s Apprentice 

What kid (and kid at heart!) wouldn’t love being a Gunner’s apprentice? We want our guests to learn by doing. This awesome program allows you to help soldiers and sailors as they go about their daily activities. Make sure to stop by the camp kitchen so you can discover what was for dinner in 1781. We’ll also show you how to make a solid pair of shoes, run a tailor shop, and make your very own soldier or sailor cap!

Join a Cannon Crew! 

Make sure to catch the Fife & Drum Corps at 3:30 p.m. and practice the steps needed to successfully load and fire cannon at Fort Ticonderoga during the Cannon Crew. This is a kid friendly program that will teach you how every small detail is part of the teamwork of a successful shot. Cannons are not fired during this program.

Carillon Boat Cruises

Bring the whole crew for a ride on the Carillon to enjoy the gorgeous, sweeping vistas of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondack Mountains during a narrated 90-minute boat tour. Let our friendly and engaging staff guide you through Lake Champlain and teach you all about its history. Visitors of all ages will love this unique Adirondack boat tour! An assortment of beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks are available for purchase.

In addition to these activities, pass through the Log House Welcome Center, pick up a trail guide at the Guest Service Desk, and take a family hike on the Carillon Battlefield to explore where empires clashed to decide the destiny of North America.

Wait..THERE’S MORE! 

These interactive activities will inspire creativity and make history come alive! Fort Ticonderoga also hosts living history events, re-enactments, and other family fun events such as the Heritage, Harvest, and Horse Festival on October 6, 2018. For more information on family visits and activities, call (518) 585-2821 or visit www.fortticonderoga.org.

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Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Corn Maze Adventure Opens August 11!

family in corn maze

Fun for all ages!

What activity combines solving puzzles and testing your knowledge of history with fresh air, sunshine, and over two miles of winding trails? Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Maze: A Corm Maze Adventure! Beginning August 11, bring the family along to test your navigational skills among towering stalks of corn in Fort Ticonderoga’s six-acre corn maze located near the King’s Garden. The design changes every year, making it the perfect annual family fun activity!

The Heroic Maze is included in the Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission price and will be open daily August 11 – August 26 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm). The maze will be open on weekends only, starting September 1 through October 21. It is also open Labor Day (September 3) and Columbus Day (October 8). Call 518-585-2821 to ask about group rates and availability, or visit www.fortticonderoga.org for corn maze details.

The maze, with a fun new 2018 design featuring a naval ship to represent the year of 1781, is divided into two phases, giving guests the chance to gain confidence in the smaller maze before tackling the main maze.

New 2018 corn maze design!

New 2018 design!

The average journey will take from twenty minutes for the first phase and up to an hour for the second phase. Hidden in the maze are eight stations, each representing a component of an 18th –century ship. Players are given a Quest Card to collect a stamp from each section. It takes perseverance and skill to find all of the objects. The Heroic Maze is great fun for all ages!

Back by Popular Demand:

Fort Ticonderoga’s youngest guests will have a chance to explore the Heroic Maze in the Kiddie Maze, a short maze designed for our youngest visitors, giving a fun introduction to corn mazes! This maze has twists and turns, but no dead ends. With adult supervision, this maze is recommended for children up to age four.

Experience the Maze at night! Maze by Moonlight:

kids in corn maze at dark

An Annual family favorite!

Explore the 6-acre corn maze using your flashlight as a guide and under the light of the full moon and crisp October air! The mysteries of the night surround you as you search for hidden stations in the maze to complete our “Engineer a Fort” Maze Quest! The Maze by Moonlight event takes place on Friday October 26-Saturday October 27, 2018. The cost is $10 per person; tickets are available at the door.  Admissions booth/maze opens at 7:00 pm; last ticket sold at 9:00 pm, the maze closes at 10 pm.

Group Visitors:

School field trips and other group tours will have the fun opportunity to learn about Fort Ticonderoga’s dramatic story, while building teamwork skills as part of this interactive, interdisciplinary quest! In September and October, the Heroic Corn Maze will be open for group visits on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Group tours require advanced registration and can be done by calling Fort Ticonderoga Group Tour Coordinator, Ryann Wiktorko, at (518) 585-1023 or emailing rwiktorko@fort-ticonderoga.org.

Fort Ticonderoga developed the Heroic Maze with a professional maze design company from Utah that used computer software to translate intricate designs onto the landscape, creating a fun and exciting quest.

The agricultural history at Fort Ticonderoga dates to 1756, when the French built the Garrison Gardens below the walls of the Fort. The agricultural story continues today with nearly 40% of Fort Ticonderoga’s landscape in agricultural use. In addition, a strong horticulture program brings the use of landscape to life in the formal Colonial Revival Garden, working Garrison Garden, and other Discovery Gardens.

overview image of Fort Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga, a family destination! Photo Credit: Carl Heilman II

The Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! is funded in part by generous support from McDonalds of Ticonderoga.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

Photo: Fort Ticonderoga’s Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure! opens on August 11, 2018 with a NEW design!

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Celebrate America with Patriotic Music at Fort Ticonderoga’s Fife & Drum Corps Muster on Saturday, July 28

Experience martial music at its best at Fort Ticonderoga on July 28 during the Fife and Drum Corps Muster! From the American Revolution, to modern commemoration, learn about the practical purpose of fifes and drums. Enjoy the stirring rhythms and tunes of these classic marches and camp songs throughout the day. A special evening Twilight Fife & Drum Corps Concert will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on the fort parade ground.
“The Fife and Drum Corps Muster highlights the role Fife and Drum music has played in the commemoration of American history. The Fife and Drum Corps gained increased popularity during the American bicentennial celebrations,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “In 18th-century military life, fifes and drums served as one of the primary modes of battlefield communication and camp regulation.”

Fort Ticonderoga formed its first Fife and Drum Corps in 1926, on the eve of the 150th anniversary celebration of American Independence. The Corps performed at Fort Ticonderoga each summer until the beginning of World War II. When the World’s Fair came to New York City in 1939, the Fife and Drum Corps was a featured performance on May 10th, Fort Ticonderoga Day, celebrating the 164th anniversary of the capture of the Fort by Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, and the Green Mountain Boys.

In 1973, in preparation for the bicentennial, Fort Ticonderoga revived the Fife and Drum Corps to perform daily during the museum campus’ summer season. The Fife and Drum Corps has performed every year since, and has been a featured performance at many major public events, including the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games, the Christening of the US Navy Guided Missile Cruiser USS Ticonderoga CG-47, and several Evacuation Day parades in Boston, Massachusetts.


Today the Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps is comprised of Ticonderoga area High School students who are paid employees of Fort Ticonderoga, an independent, not-for-profit educational organization and museum. The Fife and Drum Corps is part of Fort Ticonderoga’s Interpretive Department whose focus brings to life Fort Ticonderoga’s history through daily interpretive programs, historic trades, special events, and museum educational outreach.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

Photo: Join Fort Ticonderoga July 28, 2018 for the Fife and Drum Corps Muster. A special evening Twilight Fife and Drum Corps Concert will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on the fort parade ground.

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Fort Ticonderoga Awards Anne B. McDonald the Sarah Gibbs Thompson Pell Distinguished Citizen Award. Presentation Made at Annual King’s Garden Fundraiser

award recipient Fort Ticonderoga recently awarded Anne B. McDonald the Sarah Gibbs Thompson Pell Distinguished Citizen Award. The award was presented at Fort Ticonderoga’s Annual King’s Garden Party on July 8th.

The award was given in recognition of Anne’s lifetime achievements which reflect the spirit of Fort Ticonderoga and Sarah Pell’s commitment to history and humanity.

“Like Fort Ticonderoga Museum co-founder Sarah Pell, Anne has dedicated her life to history and humanity,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President and CEO.  “Rooted in the past with a deep understanding of our history, she rigorously strives to make the world a better place through her service in community, government, education, civic organizations, and numerous non-profit boards including The Fort Ticonderoga Association”

Anne has served on the Fort Ticonderoga Board of Trustees since 2012. A former elementary school teacher, Anne is a life-long resident of Ticonderoga. She holds an undergraduate degree from Russell Sage College, Troy, New York, and completed master level work at State University at Plattsburgh, New York. She is very active in regional professional, political, civic organizations and has served as the Chairperson for the Essex County Republican Committee and President of the Heritage Museum Board of Directors in Ticonderoga, Hudson River Black River Regulatory Commission and developed the Ticonderoga School System Young Five Program. Anne is a past recipient of the Liberty Bell Award from the Essex County Bar Association. She is currently a member of the North Country Community College Foundation Board and serves on the Independent Judicial Qualification Commission.  She has dedicated her life to serving our community, honoring our past, and fighting for a prosperous future.

About the Sarah Gibbs Thompson Pell Award:
The 2018 Award was the first to be given.  The award, named after Fort Ticonderoga’s co-founder Sarah Gibbs Thompson Pell, reflects Sarah’s deep belief in her work at Fort Ticonderoga and its importance to our nation. Sarah and husband Stephen led the restoration of the fort, the restoration of the Pavilion, and established our museum in 1909.  It was with great conviction that Sarah dedicated her life to history and humanity and rooted in the past, she led with fierce determination to make the world a better place.  In a 1930  radio address Sarah is quoted saying in reference to our nation’s constitution “May the spirit of Fort Ticonderoga continue to preserve that unity, that justice, that tranquility, that defense, that general welfare, that liberty, and that prosperity, which the founders of our government set as the worthy objectives of this nation.”

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

Photo: Anne B. McDonald Receives the Sarah Gibbs Thompson Pell Distinguished Citizen Award at Fort Ticonderoga’s recent Garden Party held on July 8, 2018. Photo copyright Fort Ticonderoga

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FORT TICONDEROGA PRESENTS “DEFIANCE & INDEPENDENCE” BATTLE RE-ENACTMENT JULY 21 & 22

Unique events make each day a different experience – culminating in dramatic cannon attack from the summit of Mt. Defiance

Experience one of Fort Ticonderoga’s signature events, “Defiance & Independence,” a two-day battle re-enactment on Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22.

Featuring nearly 500 historical re-enactors, this is the largest battle re-enactment of the year at Fort Ticonderoga. The battle will highlight the events of the summer of 1777, when Fort Ticonderoga’s American garrison is outflanked by a British invasion force advancing from Canada.

Admission to see this re-enactment is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket. New this year – second day admission is free — witness the entire two-day battle with a single ticket! For more information on this event and to view the entire event schedule, please follow this link or call 518-585-2821.

The Surprising American Retreat:

All weekend, through special programs, Ticonderoga brings to life the unforeseen American retreat and British capture of Fort Ticonderoga in July 1777. Watch, learn, and experience first-hand as the armies battle across the historic landscape at 1pm both Saturday and Sunday, during two unique battle scenarios. This intense two-day battle re-enactment will portray General Author St. Clair’s decision to evacuate Ticonderoga and how it constructed British General John Burgoyne’s advance towards Albany.

A Defining Story Brought to Life:

“The opportunity to witness the battle as American soldiers retreat back from their entrenched camp under the powerful British drive, is an immersive educational experience you won’t find anywhere else,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President and CEO. “Our guests will watch the battle unfold, discover the diverse forces that caused the retreat, and get to personally meet with soldiers of both armies including the Fifes & Drums, the Rear Guard, the Continental Artillery, and British Regulars.”

“Reprieved from a siege in 1776 by the onset of winter, Ticonderoga including Mount Independence faced General John Burgoyne’s northern army of British, Loyalist, and German soldiers in July 1777,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga’s Vice President of Public History and Operations. “General St. Clair’s army was formed from Massachusetts and New Hampshire regulars and militia, who put up a strenuous defense. Observe this battle firsthand and witness the struggles and successes from both sides of the conflict.”

Where a Goat Can Go, A Man Can Go!

On Saturday at 6:30 p.m. a gun crew from the Royal Artillery will haul their cannon to the summit of Mount Defiance, aiming at the Ticonderoga Peninsula located below. Guests can thrill at the incredible feat and discover the details of this decisive stroke and witness a cannon demonstration in the evening light of the beautiful summit. An additional ticket for this program is required and must be purchased at the base of Mount Defiance.

Sunset Boat Cruise:

Day 1 only, enjoy a relaxing summer evening on the Carillon tour boat with a glass of Colonial-inspired punch to set the mood. Listen to stories of armed schooners and prohibition-era rum-runners fire your imagination during a trip around Lake Champlain. Absorb the natural beauty of the lake, set between the Adirondack and Green Mountains, while witnessing a cannon firing demonstration plunging down on Ticonderoga from Mount Defiance. This event requires pre-registration and an additional ticket, which can be purchased at Fort Ticonderoga or in advance by calling 518-585-2821.

Each day offers a uniquely different experience for guests and are filled with historical fun and re-enactments. View the weekend schedule here.

Fort Ticonderoga offers more than one hundred exciting and unique events and programs this season! Visit www.fortticonderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs.

Fort Ticonderoga: America’s Fort™

Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.

Photo Credit: Fort Ticonderoga

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