Fort Ticonderoga Presents “Defiance & Independence” Battle Re-enactment, July 23 & 24

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(Ticonderoga, NY)  Join Fort Ticonderoga for a two-day battle re-enactment highlighting the climactic summer of 1777 as the Fort’s American garrison was outflanked by a British invasion force descending from Canada.  The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Admission to this re-enactment event is included in a Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission ticket.  To learn more about the event and the full event schedule visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/events/fort-events/defiance-independence-re-enactment/detail or call 518-585-2821.

The Surprising American Retreat:

Highlighted programming featured throughout the weekend brings to life the surprising American retreat and British capture of Fort Ticonderoga in early July 1777.  Experience the fog of war and smoky haze of battle as the American and British armies maneuver across Fort Ticonderoga’s historic landscape at 1 pm each day.  This two-day battle re-enactment will dramatically show how General Arthur St. Clair’s decision to evacuate Ticonderoga set the stage for British General John Burgoyne’s advance towards Albany.

A Defining Story Brought to Life:

“Guests will witness the intensity of battle as American soldiers retreat back from their entrenched camp under the intense British drive to capture the fortifications,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President and CEO. “They will discover the diverse forces that comprised this campaign and meet with soldiers of the two armies including the Royal Artillery, the Rear Guard, and the Continental Artillery.”

“This living history event and battle recreation will re-enact a careful chess game between the British Army and an entrenched Continental Army at Ticonderoga,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga Senior Director of Interpretation. “Reprieved from a siege in 1776 by the onset of winter, Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence faced General John Burgoyne’s northern army of British, Loyalist, and German soldiers in July 1777.  General St. Clair’s rearguard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire regulars and militia put up a vigorous defense, skirmishing in the hills and valleys around Ticonderoga.  Artillery batteries built into the old French Lines seemed to keep the British army at by.  Concealed by forest cover on the back slope of Mount Defiance, British cannon were dragged to the summit.  By July 6, 1777, British cannon high up on Mount Defiance, aimed at the pontoon bridge between the two Forts of Ticonderoga and Independence, forced the withdrawal of General St. Clair’s rearguard into the Hampshire Grants (Vermont).”

Where a Goat Can Go, A Man Can Go!

Saturday evening at 6:30 pm a gun crew from the Royal Artillery will haul their cannon to the summit of Mount Defiance, aiming at the Fort located below.  Guests can witness the incredible feat and discover the details of this decisive stroke and witness a cannon demonstration in the evening light of the beautiful summit.  Advanced tickets are required for this event and must be purchased at Fort Ticonderoga or call 518-585-2821.

Other highlighted programs:

Chocolate was not only a wonderful treat, but also a key source of nutrition for the American troops at Fort Ticonderoga. Throughout the early history of America, chocolate was enjoyed by the colonists as a beverage. This chocolate was extraordinary, as it was flavored with seasonings and spices that were available to the chocolate makers. Stop by the AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate tent and learn how chocolate was prepared in the 18th century and sample a taste of chocolate as it would have be enjoyed 200 years ago!

This event is funded in part by generous support from AMTRAK and Pepsi.

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 or call 518-585-2821.

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

Photo: Fort Ticonderoga’s Defiance & Independence Battle Re-enactment will be presented July 23& 24

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King’s Garden Party at Fort Ticonderoga: Lords and Ladies of the Garden

 

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(Ticonderoga, NY) The Annual King’s Garden Party will take place inside the historic walled Colonial Revival garden of Fort Ticonderoga on Sunday July 10, from 5:00-7:00pm. This year’s party theme will embrace the time period of the 1920s and reflect the theme of “Lords and Ladies in the Garden.” This event is a benefit to support the preservation and educational programs for the exquisite King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga. Advanced tickets required. For more information call 518-585-2821 or visit www.fortticonderoga.org.

Guests of the King’s Garden Party will enjoy afternoon tea, champagne, wine, classic cocktails, conversation, music and elegant faire, provided by Mazzone Hospitality. Enjoy the scenery and take a stroll back in time with music provided by the Hamilton Street Jazz Band. With prizes given for; best vintage attire, best theme attire, best hat, and best coordinated couple, celebrate the Lords and Ladies in the Garden by dressing in your favorite 1920s apparel. A silent auction will be featured.

Margaret “Peggy Darrin”, Honorary Chairperson, will be honored for her many contributions to Fort Ticonderoga, the Kings Garden, and her love of history and horticulture.

Sponsors for the King’s Garden Party include: Amtrak, Glens Falls National Bank, International Paper Ticonderoga Mill, Pepsi, and the Wagon Wheel Restaurant.

About the King’s Garden

The King’s Garden highlights Fort Ticonderoga’s historic layered legacy and is an awe-inspiring place where guests can roll up their sleeves and dig into centuries of horticultural history. Restored to its 1920s Colonial Revival style, The King’s Garden teems with thousands of flowers, carefully arranged by color and form, guiding the brick walls and walkways alongside the garden. Designed by Marian Cruger Coffin, one of America’s first female landscape architects, the history of the garden is celebrated in the name, The King’s Garden.  This term originated from 18th-century military maps of the garrison garden and was fondly applied to the Colonial Revival garden that followed a century and a half later.  Today this name extends to include the 40-acre developed landscape, together with the formal garden near Fort Ticonderoga.  The King’s Garden maintains its features from each era that it shaped, preserving history and horticulture.  The domestic landscape is interwoven with military features of the 18th-century battlefield, extending from lakeshore to forested hills above the stone fort.

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

Photo: Photo credit: Fort Ticonderoga. The King’s Garden Party will be held July 10th

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1777 Fall of Ticonderoga Tour: Living History Event

 

1777 Fall of Ticonderoga Press Release(Ticonderoga, NY)  Step into the fight for independence at Fort Ticonderoga’s July 5th 1777 Fall of Ticonderoga Living History Event!  Highlighted programming featured throughout the day brings to life the details of the American evacuation of Ticonderoga. Discover how General John Burgoyne succeeded in capturing Fort Ticonderoga, but failed to capture its soldiers. Thrill at the power of artillery during a special evening program and cannon demonstration a-top Mount Defiance. Be part of the action as living history demonstrations bring to life the weapons, tactics, trades, and people who were swept up into these momentous events!  For more information and for a detailed schedule of this event visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call (518) 585-2821.

Every year is a new experience at Fort Ticonderoga. This year’s focus on 1777, the turning point of the American Revolution, gives us a particularly unique opportunity to tell two stories – the American held fort through July 5 and then the British held fort beginning July 6,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Our commitment to bringing the dramatic and real story of our past to life through unforgettable programs such as the 1777 Fall of Ticonderoga offers Fort Ticonderoga a singular opportunity to share with our visitors the importance of this place in the founding of America.”

About the 1777 Fall of Ticonderoga

On July 1st 1777, British General John Burgoyne’s army, carried by flotilla and marching down the lake side, arrived just north of Ticonderoga.  Light infantry under Brigadier Simon Fraser infiltrated around the western side of the vast network of American fortifications at Ticonderoga. Fraser’s troops crossed the river leading to Lake George and circled around the southern side of Ticonderoga. They proceeded to climb Mount Defiance and witness the heights that dominated the American positions in both Ticonderoga and Mount Independence. The British dragged guns to the summit and opened fire.

After consulting a council of war, American General St. Clair committed to abandoning Ticonderoga to retreat south. During the night of July 5/6 1777, the American troops left the fort with such supplies as they could move in the time and then proceeded to row across to the landings beneath Mount Independence. The secrecy of the move was destroyed by a French officer, Colonel Roche de Fermoy, who set fire to his house on the summit of the hill, lighting up the bay beneath, with its flotilla of boats carrying the American troops across the water.  Ticonderoga was again in British hands and available as a base for their operations south towards Albany.

 

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Fort Ticonderoga Announces Shuttle Service for 2016 Season

 

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(Ticonderoga, NY) Fort Ticonderoga announced that it will offer free shuttle service from the Ticonderoga Train Station to Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Best Western Plus Inn and Suites. Guests arriving aboard the AMTRAK Adirondack Line in July and August will be able to enjoy round trip shuttle service. Advance registration is required. For more details call 518-585-2821

“Fort Ticonderoga’s shuttle service will help us continue to reach a broader destination market from New York City to Montreal. Much needed investment in transportation enhances mobility and economic development in the Adirondack region,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO.  “Connecting guests visiting Fort Ticonderoga to hotels and destination experiences is vital to growing our tourism economy. Fort Ticonderoga is very pleased to take this leadership role in welcoming guests to the Town of Ticonderoga and orienting them to the many experiences offered on our beautiful historic site and in our community.”

The Ticonderoga Train station located at Fort Ticonderoga has been a popular stop for guests along Amtrak’s Adirondack line. The Northbound Adirondack operates daily between New York City and Montreal, departing New York Penn Station at 8:15 am arriving in Ticonderoga at 1:22 pm. The Southbound Adirondack departs Montreal at 10:20 am, arriving in Ticonderoga at 3:18 pm.

Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience. Fort Ticonderoga is the only site in America that tells a new story each year through dynamic historical interpretation. This year, witness the 1777 British capture of Fort Ticonderoga! Daily programming brings to life this epic story through tours, soldier’s life programs, Carillon Boat Cruises, historic trades, new museum exhibitions, the King’s Garden, Mount Defiance, and hands-on family programs.

Funding for this service is provided in part by generous support from the Wal-Mart Foundation. Additional support from AMTRAK provides funding for Fort Ticonderoga educational programs.

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Fort Ticonderoga Welcomes Graduate Fellows

(Ticonderoga, NY)  Four graduate students arrived at Fort Ticonderoga in mid-June to begin two-month internships as part of the Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowship program. The fellowships run through August 12th and include internships in Education, Exhibitions, Horticulture, and Interpretation.

“These fellowships for graduate students in museum studies, museum education, public history, history, public horticulture, American studies, or military history offer an opportunity to work together with our dedicated museum team,” said Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO Beth Hill. “The Fellows will focus their research and creative energy to support exhibitions and programs related to the year 1757 at Fort Ticonderoga.”

“While working individually with their project supervisors,” added Rich Strum, Director of Education, “Fellows will also meet and work together throughout the two-month experience. They will have an opportunity to work with Fort Ticonderoga’s professional staff as part of our collaborative approach to all major projects.”

This year’s Graduate Fellows are:

Education—Elizabeth Scully, from New York University

Exhibition—Connor Wilson, from Texas State University

Horticulture—Riley Clark-Long, from Connecticut College

Interpretation—James Wils, from North Carolina State University

Each Fellow receives a $2,500 stipend along with on-site housing. Fort Ticonderoga received 28 applications from 26 different university programs for the four available fellowships.

Grad Fellows for Press Release

The Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships launched in 2015 with four graduate students from Stonybrook University, Texas State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Western Michigan University. Projects completed by the 2015 fellows included researching and cataloging artillery-related artifacts and the design of hands-on components for the new exhibition “The Last Argument of Kings: The Art and Science of 18th-Century Artillery” which opened in May 2016. Another fellow conducted research and transcribed the Philip Skene Papers in the collection for use with the 2016 Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute focused on “British Perspectives on the American Revolution.” The Interpretation Fellow delved into the British use of Canadian Corvée during the 1777 invasion of New York. That ground-breaking research led to an invitation for Fellow Richard Tomczak to present his research at the 1st Conference of the European Labor History Network in Turin, Italy, in December 2015.

The Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships at Fort Ticonderoga are made possible with the support from the Edward W. Pell Education Endowment at Fort Ticonderoga and generous individual donor support. Graduate students interested in learning more about the 2017 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships should contact Rich Strum, Director of Education, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org.

Photo:  2016  Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellows Riley Clark-Long, Connor Wilson, James Wils, and Elizabeth Scully.

 

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Celebrate Independence at Fort Ticonderoga! Special Living History Event: July 2-4

 

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(Ticonderoga, NY) Join Fort Ticonderoga July 2-4 for a three-day celebration this Independence Day weekend.  Come celebrate freedom by exploring the year 1777 when America was consumed in the labor of liberty. Participate in the fight for freedom when the Northern Department of the Continental Army fought to keep the great fortress of Ticonderoga from falling into British control. Thrill at the power of artillery during cannon demonstrations and march to the beat of the Fife and Drum Corps as they perform patriotic music throughout the weekend. Admission to this special holiday living history event, July 2-4, is included in a Fort Ticonderoga general admission ticket.  For the full event schedule and to learn more about the event visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/events/fort-events/independence-day-weekend-1/detail  or call 518-585-2821.

“Step into a hive of military activity as you meet the soldiers working feverishly to fortify the great camp Ticonderoga and build outer military defenses,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Walk along teamsters and oxen as they help in the work. Visit a trades shop to discover how tradesmen known as artificers worked to resupply soldiers with clothing, shoes, and equipment. Observe rations cooked, lumber cut, and the army in motion prepared to hold their ground for freedom. View Fort Ticonderoga from all perspectives on the eve of the siege – from the peninsula, to the waters of Lake Champlain upon the Vessel Carillon, and atop Mount Defiance for a birds-eye view of history.”

Other activities during this special Independence Day weekend will include daily soldier’s life programs, special tours, the King’s Garden, musket firing demonstration, Mount Defiance tours, and museum exhibitions.

About Ticonderoga on Independence Day 1777:

1776 is famous for the signing of the Declaration, but what was happening at Ticonderoga in July of 1777? The scene was uncertainty, trepidation, and the expectation of a British attack.  By July 2nd, the siege of Ticonderoga was underway. British and Brunswick soldiers began to surround the great camp and build lines of attack, commencing the bombardment.  On July 5, British General Burgoyne captured Fort Ticonderoga forcing the American retreat.

Photo: Celebrate Independence at Fort Ticonderoga – America’s Fort™! Credit Fort Ticonderoga.

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Fort Ticonderoga Specialty Tours Offered this Summer

(Ticonderoga, NY) Immerse yourself in the epic history and incredible natural beauty at Fort Ticonderoga with richly informative and entertaining guided specialty tours this summer. Thrill at the power of artillery during Guns by Night tour; join the SoldierGuns by Night2016 for an Evening program to enlist with your family and friends in the Continental Army; discover the history within the walls of the 1826 Historic Pavilion house during the Pavilion Promenade tour; and enjoy a sunset cruise aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s Vessel Carillon to discover why Lake Champlain is one of America’s most historic waterways. All prices are in addition to Fort Ticonderoga admission and advanced purchase is required. Space is limited for tours. To learn more about our specialty tours visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

 

Pavilion Promenade

Join Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections for a rare look inside the building where the preservation of Fort Ticonderoga began. Step inside the Pavilion, currently closed to the general public, to learn about the men and women who saved Ticonderoga from destruction and made their home on the shores of Lake Champlain. As the oldest intact structure remaining on the garrison grounds, explore the stories of the building from the 19th and 20th centuries, as the sun sets over the lake, and discover how modern science combined with old-fashioned historical research has helped to shed light on the building’s secrets.  Pavilion Promenade begins at 5:00 pm near the Guest Service Desk in the Log House Welcome Center. Tours take place every Wednesday July through August. The cost of this specialty adventure is $35 per person.

 

Soldier for an Evening!

Now is your chance to enlist in the Continental Army! Allow Fort Ticonderoga to introduce a new and exciting evening program presented July 4, 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 6:30 pm. During this program, you and your family can join together as new recruits to see what it was like to be a soldier at Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 as the dawn of the American Revolution. Raise your hand to affirm your allegiance to the 13 United States of America, and your journey will begin! During your participation in Soldier for an Evening, you will witness the power and use of 18th-century guns during the musket demonstration and practice formation tactics. Be prepared to march! The soldiers’ experience comes to life as participants explore key aspects of the American Revolution. This program is a strong cooperative activity and is great for families and groups.  The cost of this family adventure is $35 per person; advanced registration is required.

 

The Sunset Cruise

Whether by Samuel de Champlain in 1609 or Ethan Allen in 1775, Ticonderoga was explored, ascended, and defended by water. Now you can have the waterborne thrill of viewing the Fort’s majesty and exploring the region by riding on the tour boat, Carillon, a 60-foot, 49-passenger luxury vessel.  Enjoy an unforgettable experience and witness a mountainside sunset on Lake Champlain during a unique 90 minute evening cruise. Tours take place every Wednesday, July through August from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Space is limited to 30 participants per tour, advanced reservations are recommended or tickets, as available, can be purchased on the day of the tour at the Guest Services Desk in the Log House Welcome Center.  The cost is $35 per person. The tour will proceed rain or shine; however, in the event of inclement weather that prevents the cruise vessel from operating, tickets will be refunded. Beer, wine, and other snacks and refreshments are available during the tour. Boxed dinners are available with advanced notice.

*If you are interested in combining this cruise with the same-day “Pavilion Promenade” tour, a $10 discount will be applied.

 

Guns by Night

Experience the flash of musketry and roar of cannon fire by night in this unique 90-minute tour and demonstration of 18th-century guns, big and small! Explore the workings of the firelocks and cannons that armed the many garrisons of Fort Ticonderoga and influenced and shaped the strategic importance of this significant frontier citadel. Learn how these great guns were used to attack and defend the Fort during the French & Indian War and made it such an important prize in the American Revolution. The tour concludes with a dramatic nighttime demonstration of weapons that you will not see anywhere else!  Starting at 8:00 pm, this is a rain or shine tour that will take approximately an hour and a half to complete. The gate opens at 7:30 pm.  Limited space and advanced reservations are required, so get your ticket today! This remarkable opportunity costs $35 per person.

 

“Our special programs allow guests to enrich their Fort Ticonderoga experience through tours and demonstrations, focusing on unique parts of history, led by our staff of engaging historians,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “These tours and events are perfect for a family outing, activity with friends, or an evening out alone! “

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

Photo Credit: Fort Ticonderoga Guns by Night Program

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Fort Ticonderoga sets sail on the Carillon Cruise Boat! Waterway tours offered May through October

Fort Ticonderoga, a not-for-profit educational organization, museum, and major cultural destination, is ready to set sail on Lake Champlain aboard its newCarillon 2016 Vessel Carillon. Boat tours begin May 27th aboard Vessel Carillon, a 60-foot, 49-passenger tour boat. Tours, sunset cruises, and charters will be offered on the Carillon through October. 90 minute Daily tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday at 11am, 1:30 pm, and 4 pm. Sunset cruises are available on Wednesdays evening at 6:30 pm in July and August. Tickets for the boat cruise can be purchased at Fort Ticonderoga or in advance by calling 518-585-2821.  For more information visit www.fortticonderoga.org.

“Fort Ticonderoga is thrilled to have the opportunity to expand its cultural destination experience to the internationally significant waters of Lake Champlain. The lake is a tremendous asset for our North Country region and with Fort Ticonderoga’s 2 miles of shoreline and story that is intricately linked to Lake Champlain, the development of a water experience is an obvious next step in our program development,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Thanks in part to a New York Empire State Development grant and other generous supporters, Fort Ticonderoga’s waterway experience expands our tourism demographic, increase the length of stay of our guests, connect our historic properties on both sides of Lake Champlain, and highlight Ticonderoga’s epic story in a new and exciting way. We are particularly enthusiastic about this project as it is directly linked with a Town of Ticonderoga priority to increase access and waterway experiences through tourism development.”

Fort Ticonderoga acquired the Carillon in 2015 thanks to generous donor support. Funding was also received in 2015 through the New York State Regional Economic Development grant awards to support the first phase of development in a waterway transportation and recreation system including the installation of a dock.

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Celebrate the Scot in You! Fort Ticonderoga Presents Lively Scots Day Event June 18

 

scots day imageFort Ticonderoga will present the ninth Annual Scots Day on Saturday, June 18th. The commemoration of Scottish heritage and culture, as well as their significant contributions to 18th-century North American history, runs from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Tour the Scottish Clan tents and vendors to discover more about your own connection to Scottish culture, and explore centuries of stories, based on Scottish soldiers in the British Army, through a military timeline offered throughout the day. The event will also include activities such as Border Collie demonstrations with Stephen Wetmore, and harmonious Pipe performances featuring the Plattsburgh Police Pipes and Drums and The King’s Highlanders. Admission to Scots Day is included in a Fort Ticonderoga’s general admission ticket. To learn more about the event, participating vendors and clans, and the full schedule, visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

Special Memorial Ceremony

A special memorial ceremony honoring the 42nd Highland Regiment, also known as the Black Watch, will take place at the Scottish Cairn on the Carillon Battlefield located at Fort Ticonderoga.  The procession to the Cairn will begin at 11:15 am at the Log House Welcome Center. The Memorial Ceremony will take place at 11:30 am and will remember the incredible bravery and discipline of the Black Watch against insurmountable odds at the 1758 Battle of Carillon.

Bagpipe Performances

Hear the sounds of Scottish bagpipe music throughout the day as the Plattsburgh Police Pipes and Drums and The King’s Highlanders perform lively concerts on the Fort’s historic Parade Ground.

Participating Clans

Clan Buchanan

Clan Campbell

Clan Forbes

Clan Hamilton

Clan MacPherson

Clan Rose

Participating Organizations and Information Tents

St. Andrew’s Society of the Adirondacks

St. Andrew’s Society of the City of Albany

Tartan and Clan Information Tent

Black Watch Military Living History Programs

Discover the history of the Black Watch Regiment through living history programs presented throughout the day by members of a Black Watch re-enactor unit from Montreal. Highlighted programs include a living history time-line of the Regiment. The re-enacting group depicts its history from the 18th century through the early 21st century, with various members representing different significant points in the unit’s history. Learn about the incredible bravery and discipline of the Black Watch against insurmountable odds at the 1758 Battle of Carillon.

The 42nd Highland Regiment, also known as the Black Watch, played a crucial role at Ticonderoga during the Battle of Carillon on July 8, 1758. The regiment suffered over 50% casualties during the failed British assault on the French Lines at Ticonderoga during the French & Indian War. Ticonderoga continued to be an important part of the regiment’s history. During its involvement in the Iraq War, the Black Watch Regiment’s base near Basra was called “Ticonderoga.”

 

 

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Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Ticonderoga

Spend an Unforgettable Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Ticonderoga - America's Fort

Experience an Unforgettable Memorial Day Weekend at Fort Ticonderoga – America’s Fort

Join Fort Ticonderoga on Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30, to salute the service of the armed forces of the United States on the very grounds where so many American soldiers fought and sacrificed. Parade into Fort Ticonderoga behind the Fife and Drum Corps during a special program on Memorial Day at 11 am, and step back in time to meet the soldiers of the American Revolution. Experience all aspects of the life of the Continental Army soldier in 1776, from their weapons to their rations, and learn about what they believed would come from their sacrifice in the name of liberty. Construction of soldier’s huts will be led by Museum Staff throughout the weekend, continuing Fort Ticonderoga’s project in experimental archaeology to recreate houses and huts built by Pennsylvania soldiers at Ticonderoga in 1776.

A full line-up of programs offered throughout the weekend include daily tours in the fort, King’s Garden, and exhibition spaces; historic trades programs; Vessel Carillon boat tours on Lake Champlain; cannon demonstrations; musket demonstrations; and the Mount Defiance experience. Fort Ticonderoga’s Battlefield Hiking Trail and canoe rentals on Lake Champlain will also be available beginning Memorial Day weekend.

The Fort Ticonderoga experience includes boat tours on Lake Champlain, Mount Defiance experience, daily musket and cannon demonstrations, historic trades, exhibitions, soldier's life programs, King's Garden and more!

The Fort Ticonderoga experience includes boat tours on Lake Champlain, Mount Defiance experience, daily musket and cannon demonstrations, historic trades, exhibitions, soldier’s life programs, King’s Garden and more!

“Spend the day at Fort Ticonderoga this Memorial Day weekend,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “See Fort Ticonderoga at the beginning of the American Revolution in 1776; a hive of activity as citizens turned soldiers as they build extensive lines of defenses across the Ticonderoga peninsula and beyond to try to secure to secure this vital stronghold from the British. Throughout the weekend, visitors will witness the labor of liberty as soldiers from the Continental Army bring to life this defining story through military drill, historic trades, and fatigue duties such as carpentry.”

A 10% general admissions discount will be given to active duty military members with proof of service for this special weekend event. For more information, visit our calendar at www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

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