New Special Tour Invites Visitors to Handle Fort Ticonderoga’s Weapon Collection
Fort Ticonderoga introduces a rare opportunity to go beyond the exhibition case to examine and handle original 18th-century weapons with the supervision and knowledge of Fort Ticonderoga’s expert staff. The “Beyond Bullets and Blades” tour is offered every Wednesday at 2 pm from May – August. The cost is $10 per person and is limited to 5 participants per tour; advanced reservations are required.
For over a century, Fort Ticonderoga has been recognized for its extensive and encyclopedic collection of historic weapons, preserving North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection. “Beyond Bullets and Blades” offers a unique perspective of history that examines how industrial methods were used to produce weapons by the thousands to equip soldiers across the globe.
“This specialty experience offers participants the opportunity to learn how artisans in Europe and America transformed iron, brass, and wood into weapons that decided empires and revolutions,” said Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections. “Feel the bulk and imagine what it was like for the soldiers of the 18th century to carry these very weapons into battle.”
In addition to the “Beyond Bullets and Blades” tour, visitors can immerse themselves in the epic history and incredible natural beauty at Fort Ticonderoga with several other richly informative and entertaining guided specialty tours this summer. Thrill at the power of artillery during the Guns by Night tour; discover the Sunsets and Secrets in the 1826 Historic Pavilion house tour; work together to walk in the steps of great generals during the To Act as One United Body program; and discover the first hammer blows of French soldiers in the Beneath Fortress Walls tour. Advanced reservations are required. To learn more about our specialty tours call 518-585-2821 or Click here.