SPEND THE DAY AT FORT TICONDEROGA! CAMPAIGN SEASON & DAILY VISITATION BEGINS MAY 5, 2018

Experience history at Fort Ticonderoga on land and water beginning on Saturday, May 5! The world-renowned military landmark, museum, and family destination encourages visitors to build their perfect adventure in America’s most historic landscape. As a premier historic site, Fort Ticonderoga offers an unmatched glimpse into the past.

“Fort Ticonderoga is a must-see destination that tells the complex story of our nation’s military heritage and its role in the founding of the United States,” said Beth Hill, President and CEO. “The Fort Ticonderoga experience offers opportunity to explore history in a multifaceted way through engaging daily living history programs and demonstrations, marching to the beat of fifes and drums on the same grounds as our nation’s first soldiers, touring beautiful gardens, or examining our many exquisite collections.”

At Fort Ticonderoga, experience the blend of history and natural beauty like nowhere else. New in 2018, discover the British campaign to control the strategic waters on Lake Champlain in 1781 as the American Revolution raged on. Explore this story and Ticonderoga’s many other epic chapters through new programs and museum exhibits, layers of history throughout breathtaking gardens, daily boat tours aboard the Carillon, soldiers’ life programs, Mount Defiance, hands-on family activities, the Carillon Battlefield hiking trail, and more!

Other experiences include living history events, special tours and behind-the-scenes programs, battle reenactments, workshops, and seminars. Fort Ticonderoga interpretive staff offer world-class experiences that help visitors get a realistic look at daily military life. Through maritime trades and boat building to the care of animals and production of clothing, a visit to Fort Ticonderoga connects soldiers’ daily activities with broader themes of military campaigns, control over North America, and ultimately the founding of our nation.

Visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821 for more information.

Fort Ticonderoga is open for daily visitation May 5 through October 31, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., rain or shine. Special events and programs are offered throughout the year.

General admission tickets can be purchased online at www.fortticonderoga.org or on site at the admissions booth upon entry. Admission tickets allow visitors to buy one day admission and visit the next day for free. Members of Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Resident Ambassador Pass holders receive free general admission. Combination tickets for admission and Carillon boat cruises are also available.

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.

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Photo copyright Fort Ticonderoga. Photo Credit Carl Heilman II.

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Fort Ticonderoga Launches ‘Institutional Legacy Initiative’ to Preserve First-Person Accounts From Visitors and Employees Spanning the 20th Century

 

group of women visiting Fort TiconderogaFort Ticonderoga today announced the launch of the Institutional Legacy Initiative, an oral history project to document first-person accounts of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum and the Pavilion, the summer home of the Pells – Fort Ticonderoga’s museum founders – which was built in 1826 and is a National Historic Landmark. The initiative will collect and record the stories of individuals who worked for the Pell family, the Fort Ticonderoga Museum, or visited the Pavilion as family or guests from 1909-1987.

“The Institutional Legacy Initiative provides an opportunity to capture first-hand insights into relationships, culture, decisions, and policy that shaped life at the Pavilion and work at the Fort Ticonderoga Museum,” said Tabitha Hubbard, Project Manager of the Institutional Legacy Initiative at Fort Ticonderoga. “The resulting recordings will reveal information about life and work at the Pavilion and the Fort Ticonderoga Museum between 1909 and 1987. The Institutional Legacy Initiative will add an additional layer to the already rich story of Ticonderoga through never-before-documented stories.”

In December, Fort Ticonderoga received a $2.4 million Arts & Cultural Facilities Improvement grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Empire State Development (ESD) for the Pavilion restoration and adaptive re-use project. This grant required a $2.4 million match and harnessed individual major donor and foundation support. Fundraising efforts are still underway for the $6 million project.

“The Pavilion restoration project will save a national treasure while allowing the Fort Ticonderoga Museum to expand as a national cultural destination,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Among the plans for the restored Pavilion is dedicated exhibit space to tell the story of 200 years of preservation and restoration efforts across the site, and highlight the rich decorative and fine arts collection.  Additional uses will include meeting space, catering and teaching kitchen, and visitor amenities.”

The oral histories collected through the Institutional Legacy Initiative will be recorded, preserved, and made accessible for generations to come. Selections from these oral histories may be featured in future exhibitions and educational programming. For more information about the Institutional Legacy Initiative, contact Project Manager, Tabitha Hubbard, at collections@fort-ticonderoga.org.

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Photo: Fort Ticonderoga has recently launched the Institutional Legacy Initiative, an oral history project to document the institutional history of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum and the Pavilion, an 1826 National Historic Landmark. Photo: Events like this 1935 wedding in the Kings Garden illustrate how one celebration involves many different people and many different memories of the site itself.  Credit: Fort Ticonderoga Museum

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Fort Ticonderoga Receives Grant to Support Conservation and Display of Emigrants Flag

Rare Emigrants Flag part of Fort Ticonderoga Collection with support from grantThe Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership has recently awarded Fort Ticonderoga a grant to support the conservation of the Camp Colors of the Royal Highland Emigrants flag. This grant along with other generous donor support allows Fort Ticonderoga to care for and proudly display one of the rarest of Revolutionary War artifacts. Only two British flags of this kind survive from the 18th century and Fort Ticonderoga’s example is the only one in the United States.

“Flags from the Revolutionary War are exceedingly rare,” said Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga Curator. “Records indicate that hundreds were shipped across the Atlantic each year during the Revolutionary War to British troops in North America, but very few survived. This particular flag in the Fort Ticonderoga collection was carried by the Royal Highland Emigrants, a regiment of British loyalists that served in Canada during the Revolutionary War.”

The Royal Highland Emigrants Camp Color flag will be the highlight of a new exhibit 1781: A War Not Yet Won located in the Mars Education Center and will focus on the British operations and occupation of Ticonderoga in 1781, a fascinating, but rarely discussed period of Ticonderoga’s history. Thousands of visitors will be able to view this important artifact daily in 2018, and it will be a feature of our Annual Scots Day celebration with a special Curator’s talk about the flag and its significance for all of North America.

Fort Ticonderoga’s Campaign of 1781 and daily visitation runs from May 5-October 31, 2018. Visitors will participate in guided tours, weapons demonstrations, historic trades activities, soldiers’ life programs, and can take part in special behind-the-scene tours, Carillon boat cruises on Lake Champlain, and so much more! For more information, visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.

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Photo: Funding for this project came from a 2018 Making of Nations Grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership. The Emigrants flag will be on display in 2018 for thousands of visitors to enjoy. Fort Ticonderoga’s Campaign of 1781 runs from May 5-October 31, 2018, where guests visit daily from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm. Photo Credit: Royal Highland Emigrants Camp Color, 1777-1783. Great Britain wool, oil paint. Fort Ticonderoga Museum 1928.1.

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“Somewhere in France: Stephen Pell’s Great War” at the next Fort Fever Series Program April 15th 

Stephen H.P. Pell portraitFort Ticonderoga’s 2018 “Fort Fever Series” concludes on Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 pm with “Somewhere in France: Stephen Pell’s Great War” presented by Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator. During this program, follow Stephen Pell from his passage across the Atlantic, through his first glimpse of combat, to the injury that ended his military service. The Fort Ticonderoga Museum will be mounting an exciting NEW exhibit this year to explore the impact of World War I on Ticonderoga. During this presentation, get a sneak peek at the contents of the exhibit, plus additional never-before-seen images.

“Stephen’s service took him across a wide swath of France and made him a witness to critical campaigns of the War,” said Matthew Keagle, Curator at Fort Ticonderoga. “Thanks to his own extensive letters as well as other men in his section, we can reconstruct a vivid picture of life at the front for an American volunteer in one of the most decorated units of the First World War.”

For many years Stephen Pell’s service as an ambulance driver in France has been a footnote in the story of Fort Ticonderoga’s restoration. To commemorate the centennial of the First World War, Keagle has undertaken extensive new research into Stephen Pell’s wartime experience. Aided by the cataloging of Stephen’s own collection of letters and photographs, the museum has a much clearer picture of his experience “somewhere in France” between 1917 and 1918.

A major new exhibit at the Mars Education Center opening in May 2018 focuses on “Great Wars: Ticonderoga and World War I.” This new exhibit will explore the lives of the Pell family and Ticonderoga from 1914-1919, as well as the important links between the Seven Years War and World War I. The exhibit will feature paintings, photographs, weapons, uniforms, and other artifacts, many rediscovered, newly restored, and on display for the first time.

Tickets for the Fort Fever program are $12 per person and can be purchased upon arrival; Fort Ticonderoga Members and Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass holders are admitted free of cost. The program will take place in the Mars Education Center.

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Photo: Corporal Stephen Pell, S.S.U. 646, 1918. Fort Ticonderoga Museum, 7002.2. 

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 “The Great Wars” focus of Annual History Conference for Educators at Fort Ticonderoga this May

Arial view of Fort Ticonderoga

“The Great Wars: The French & Indian War and the First World War” will be the focus of the Tenth Annual History Conference for Educators to be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at Fort Ticonderoga. Sessions focused on the French & Indian War (known as the Seven Years’ War in Europe) and World War I will answer the question on how global conflict affects local communities. Participants will learn about the scope and impact of “Great Wars” on society in general through the study of primary accounts.

“This conference explores the similarities and differences between the French & Indian War (1754-1763) and the First World War (1914-1918), both major global conflicts that started with seemingly minor incidents,” said Rich Strum, Director of Academic Programs at Fort Ticonderoga. “The conference introduces participants to a variety of techniques and methodologies for incorporating primary source documents into the curriculum, including Social Studies labs, case studies, and close reading of documents, to foster critical thinking in the classroom.”

This year’s conference coincides with the opening of a major new exhibition “Great Wars: Ticonderoga and World War I” that will forge connections between the core stories of Fort Ticonderoga in the 18th century with the centennial of the First World War. The exhibit will utilize artifacts, documents, and photographs never before displayed.

Pre-registration to attend the conference is required. The cost is $45 per person. Registration forms can be downloaded from Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org under the “Education” tab by selecting “Educators” on the drop down menu. You can learn about other opportunities for educators at Fort Ticonderoga in 2018 on the same page.

The Annual History Conference is one of numerous opportunities for continuing education at Fort Ticonderoga in 2018. You can learn more about these programs, including the Annual War College of the Seven Years’ War and the Seminar on the American Revolution, by visiting Fort Ticonderoga’s website at www.fortticonderoga.org and selecting “Education.”

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Photo: Registration is open for Fort Ticonderoga’s Tenth Annual History Conference for Educators on May 18, 2018. This year’s conference focuses on the French & Indian War and World War I as examples of global conflicts. Photo copyright Fort Ticonderoga; Photo credit Carl Heilman II.

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Largest and Best Stall Fed Cattle

a team of oxen with their skilled teamster.

Oxen are incredibly strong and can be very precise in moving sleds and vehicles. A skilled teamster or driver can get both of these qualities out of a team.

When we go shopping online today, we take for granted a whole network of planes, trains, and automobiles that can deliver whatever we order fast. Such convenience would have been miraculous in the early months of 1776. Colonel Benedict Arnold commanded about 1200 soldiers outside of Quebec, each in desperate need of food and basic supplies. Back in the fall of 1775, a fleet of large and small boats embarked from Ticonderoga down Lake Champlain with food coming from New England and New York. However, when the Lake froze solid enough, it turned into a road.

Teams of oxen pulled the majority of the sleds down the ice road North into Canada in the early winter of 1776. General Philip Schuyler, who commanded the Northern Department of the Continental Army from Albany, wrote to Walter Livingston to expedite the movement of supplies to Quebec on February 24, 1776:

By a litter just received from General Wooster, I find that there will be a Scarcity of provisions in Canada for our Troops, and he presses me to send him immediately what is at Tyconderoga. I have accordingly ordered 400 Barrels of pork to be sent on; the expense of which will amount to a very considerable sum, and yet that Quantity will not be sufficient to last until the Lake are passable by Water. I therefore propose that you should immediately purchase 100 or 150 of the largest and best Stall fed Cattle you can procure but as these cannot be sent on without carrying with the necessary forage to serve them on their Journey.

General Philip Schuyler continued his letter to Walter Livingston with details on how to equip this oxen train of supplies into Canada. Schuyler understood that this venture required proper sleds, good drivers, and cattle, as well as enough feed to keep them healthy.  If any piece of this oxen train was absent, it could cut the lifeline for American soldiers in Canada.

I propose that you should purchase ox sleds or any others in the Country that are shod with Wood;  one to every four Oxen, which would suffice to carry their Forrage and four Barrels of pork, or more from Fort George—If you can get the sleds, forage and Chains you will immediately purchase the Oxen and send them on, hiring Drivers to bring them to this Place, from whence I will cause Soldier’s to go with them to Montreal…You’ll observe that all the Oxen must be shod And this should be done by the people from whom you purchase them.

Three oxen grazing on green grass.

In the summertime, working cattle could graze on fresh grass.  During winter months pre-cut hay stored in barns would be dished out to hungry oxen.

Just as vehicles do not run without fuel, oxen could not pull without feed. In the midst of a food shortage for soldiers, Schuyler made sure to note, “Forrage and four Barrels of pork,” on each sled. Just like supply trucks laden with extra cans of fuel for the journey, oxen might not reach the American Army in Canada withoupacking their food as well.  During summer months, Oxen could graze on pastures for much of their feed. Additional feed would be given to oxen or cattle inside stalls within their barns. At the same time farmers cut their hay fields, raking, turning, and drying the hay in the sun before it was bundled and stored in large barns. To an army reliant on oxen for transportation in the winter of 1776, this hay was as vital as the barrels of salted pork they hauled. General Philip Schuyler wrote to his cousin, Assistant Deputy Quarter Master General Harmanus Schuyler on March 4, 1776 about protecting this vital resource:

I hope the Hay is particularly taken Care of and that you have applied to the commissary officer for a Centinel Night and Day upon it—If the Hay is wasted all our Operation are at an End.

A large wood yolk, used to secure a pair of cattle together.

The large wood yoke served the purpose of securing the pair of cattle together while giving them a comfortable mechanism to pull with. The iron rings from oxen yokes have been found archaeologically at Ticonderoga.

With great waterways frozen solid, teams of oxen and the tools and supplies to keep them driving but were vital to the Northern Continental Army in the winter of 1776. On a road of ice, oxen could pull heavy loads as fast as their drivers could walk with them. Oxen were footed on uneven and rough terrain, and were not fussy about the feed they were given. Two hundred and forty-two years ago, you would have seen Ticonderoga hustling and bustling with massive cattle ready to execute the resupply of a struggling American Army.

Join Fort Ticonderoga on March 24, 2018 and see the army logistics in action as cattle haul materials around the site during our Ordered to Join the Northern Army in Canada living history event!

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Regional Students to Advance to New York State History Day

Students with certificates from Fort Ticonderoga's 2018 History Day

Thirty-nine middle and high school students from the North Country with seventeen projects won top prizes at North Country History Day that took place on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Fort Ticonderoga. These students will advance to compete at New York State History Day in Cooperstown on April 23, 2018.

“The National History Day program develops a passion for history,” said Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Academic Programs and North Country’s Regional Coordinator for New York State History Day. “History Day provides students with an opportunity to explore a topic which interests them while relating to an annual theme. This year’s theme was ‘Conflict and Compromise in History’ and projects spanned centuries of topics from the Salem Witch Trials to World War One.”

The top two projects in each category won the right to represent the North Country at New York State History Day. Winners at the state level go on to compete in National History Day in Maryland in June. Over the past eight years, two North Country projects have advanced to the national contest.

National History Day is the nation’s leading program for history education in schools. The program annually engages 2 million people in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Teachers and students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, and Warren counties interested in participating in North Country History Day during the 2018-2019 school year should contact Rich Strum at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or (518) 585-6370. Next year’s theme is “Triumph and Tragedy in History.”

Junior Division (Grades 6-8) North Country Regional winners include:

  • Maggie Sorensen, from North Country Home Schoolers, placed first in the Historical Paper category with her paper “The Boston Tea Party: Conflict over Representation.”
  • Allison Carvel, from Gouverneur Middle School, placed second in the Historical Paper category with her paper “The Crucible of Salem.”
  • Cole Siebels and Carter Therett, from Gouverneur Middle School, placed first in the Group Documentary category with their documentary “The Pacific War.”
  • Garrett Beebe, Madeline Lender, and Robert O’Neil, from St. Mary’s School in Ticonderoga, placed second in the Group Documentary category with their documentary “Operation Paper Clip.”
  • Madelynne Hay Spano and Caitlyn Storie, from Gouverneur Middle School, placed first in the Group Performance category with their performance “The Conflict and Compromise: Galileo.”
  • Emma Hicks, Grace Mashaw, Janay Smith, and Felicia Tallon, from Gouverneur Middle School, placed second in the Group Performance category with their performance “American Revolution Drama.”
  • Kathryn Moran, from St. Mary’s School in Ticonderoga, placed first in the Individual Exhibit category with her exhibit “The Connecticut Compromise.”
  • Riley Seaman, from Gouverneur Middle School, placed second in the Individual Exhibit category with her exhibit “The Salem Witch Trials: Sarah Good.”
  • Ava Bartholomew, Mariah Manning, and Elizabeth Riutta, from Gouverneur Middle School, placed first in the Group Exhibit category with their exhibit “Compromise of 1850.”
  • Addison Conklin, Randi Griffith, and Rikki Griffith, from Gouverneur Middle School, placed second in the Group Exhibit category with their exhibit “The Greensboro Sit-Ins.”
  • Maya Bartleson, from Gouverneur Middle School, placed first in the Individual Website category with her website “The 54th Massachusetts Regiment.”
  • Alex Clancy, from Gouverneur Middle School, placed second in the Individual Website category with his website “Mary Tudor the First: Queen ‘Bloody’ Mary.”
  • Ashton Bowman, William Riutta, and Gunner Simmons, from Gouverneur Middle School, placed first in the Group Website category with their website “How Men Stood Up for Women.”

Senior Division (Grades 9-12) North Country Regional winners include:

  • Grace Sayward and Liam Sayward, from North Country Home Schoolers, placed first in the Group Performance category with their performance “The War over Grapes.”
  • Sarah Anderson, Dyani Bryant, Jonathan Gibbs, Joshua Winter, and Mackenzie Peters, from Moriah Central School, placed first in the Group Exhibit category for their exhibit “Power or Equality? How a Compromise let to the End of Reconstruction.”
  • Jaiden Varmette, Taylor Brassard, Madeline Cochran, Karen King, and Malika Saleem, from Moriah Central School, placed second in the Group Exhibit category for their exhibit “Newsies: An Overview.”
  • Clayton Wilhelm, a home school student from Glens Falls, placed first in the Individual Website category with his website “Marathon—With Conflict Comes Compromise.”

Two special prizes were also awarded:

  • For outstanding use of primary sources for an individual project, sponsored by New York State Archives and the New York State Archives Partnership: Riley Seaman, from Gouverneur Middle School, for her exhibit “The Salem Witch Trials: Sarah Good.”
  • For an outstanding junior level project demonstrating the theme “Conflict and Compromise in History,” sponsored by the Adirondack Torch Club: Lily McNulty, Hannah Porter, and Eliza Strum, from Ticonderoga Middle School, for their exhibit “The Newsboys Strike of 1899.”

Participating schools included Gouverneur Middle School, Moriah Central School, St. Mary’s School (Ticonderoga), and Ticonderoga Middle School, as well as home school students from North Country Home Schoolers in Clinton County and Home School students from Warren County.

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Photo: Caitlyn Storie, Addison Conklin, and Rikki Griffith were among the students from Gouverneur Middle School who participated in North Country History Day at Fort Ticonderoga on March 3, 2018. 

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Ordered to Join the Northern Army in Canada Living History Event at Fort Ticonderoga March 24

Reenactors in FormationJoin Fort Ticonderoga for a one-day living history event Saturday, March 24, 2018 to meet new recruits and veteran troops from New York as they prepare to join the ongoing Continental Army campaign against Canada in the spring of 1776. Living history demonstrations throughout the day feature the weapons, tactics, trades, and people needed for fighting and surviving in the Continental Army’s Northern Department. For more information, call 518-585-2821 or visit www.fortticonderoga.org.

Highlighted programming throughout the day brings to life the struggle to keep an American army alive in March of 1776. Meet the reinforcements headed for northern forts and Canada as they drill to defend Ticonderoga as a vital and strategic link in the military supply chain. Walk alongside powerful oxen as they haul logs miles from the woods surrounding Ticonderoga. Listen as leather heels strike the ground as soldiers march in step and see artillery artificers cast and cut metal to make cannon ammunition. Watch the carpenters, drafted from among soldiers, hard at work as they turn logs and lumber into crates, sleds, and beams.

“This living history event will highlight the story of the struggle for liberty in the first full year of the war for American Independence,” said Beth Hill, President & CEO. “Our commitment to bringing the dramatic and real story of our past to life through unforgettable programs such as the Ordered to Join the Northern Army in Canada living history event is an opportunity to share with our visitors the importance of Ticonderoga in the founding of America.”

Admission to the event is $12 for the general public and free to Fort Ticonderoga Members, Ambassador Pass holders, and children age four and under.

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Photo: Join Fort Ticonderoga on Saturday, March 24 for the Ordered the Join the Northern Army in Canada living history event from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Photo credit Fort Ticonderoga.

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March Fort Fever Program Part of National Women’s History Month Celebration “Sarah Pell and her Struggle for History & Human Rights”

Sarah Pell showing leadershipFort Ticonderoga’s “Fort Fever Series” continues on Sunday, March 11, at 2:00 p.m. with a program on “A ‘Charmingly Aggressive Woman’ Sarah Pell’s Struggle for History & Human Rights” presented by Miranda Peters, Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Collections. During this program, explore images, archival materials, and collections never before seen by the public, and recently cataloged by museum staff that reveal glimpses of Sarah Pell’s impactful work. This program is part of the National Women’s History Month celebration.

“Sarah was a strong woman who advocated for civic duty, preservation, and the many layered stories here at Ticonderoga,” said Miranda Peters, Director of Collections. “Ticonderoga museum staff have recently rediscovered hundreds of photographs, pieces of correspondence, and objects connecting us to Sarah and her remarkable story in new ways.”

Described by a contemporary as a “charmingly aggressive woman,” most early newspapers identified Sarah as a prime mover behind Fort Ticonderoga’s restoration in the early 20th century. She believed strongly in the value of preserving the past for the benefit of the future. In addition to her work with the museum, Sarah was active in restoring the Pavilion into a summer home, developing the King’s Garden, and was a tireless advocate for women’s rights. Although engaged with the suffrage movements across the Atlantic as early as 1913, it was later in her life that she became the most deeply engaged. Sarah joined the National Woman’s Party (NWP) in the 1920s, setting it on the path of financial stability, and become the NWP National Chair in 1936, where she picked up the work left after suffrage was achieved. During her tenure, she reintroduced the Equal Rights Amendment written by Alice Paul in 1923, who had visited the Pavilion at NWP events in Ticonderoga.

Tickets for the Fort Fever program are $12 per person and can be purchased at the door; Fort Ticonderoga Members and Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass holders are admitted free of cost. The program will take place in the Mars Education Center.

A new exhibit at the Mars Education Center focuses on Sarah’s pioneering role in historical preservation and women’s rights to learn how the past informs our work in the present, and the layers of history that can be uncovered here at Ticonderoga. https://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/museum-exhibit/Sarah-Pell

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Photo: “Mrs. Pell, President Taft, A. C. Bossom” July 6, 1909. Fort Ticonderoga Museum.

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Happy Birthday George Washington! First President and Ticonderoga’s First Tourist

Portrait of George Washington part of Fort Ticonderoga Museum Collections.

This portrait by Charles Peale Polk int he Fort Ticonderoga Museum Collections was painted at the height of Washington’s popularity in the late 1790’s, depicting him as the hero of the Battle of Princeton. Copyright Fort Ticonderoga. Photo Credit Gavin Ashworth.

Today marks the 286th birthday of George Washington. At the time of his death in 1799, he was lauded as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countryman” by Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee. George Washington was Ticonderoga’s first tourist and visited the abandoned Fort Ticonderoga in 1783, while waiting for definitive peace to be signed that would acknowledge the Independence of the United States.

Washington’s military career stretched from the French & Indian War in 1754 through his relinquishing of command of the Continental Army in December 1783. Throughout the early years of the Revolution Washington was concerned with the defenses at Ticonderoga.

As an example, Washington writes from New York to General Philip Schuyler on June 9, 1776:

It is not in my power to spare any more men from hence, either for the communication, or to assist in repairing Ticonderoga. The detachments already gone to Canada have weakened the forces necessary for the defence of this place, considering its importance more, perhaps, than policy will justify. . . .
I esteem it a matter of importance not only to fortify and secure Ticonderoga, but every other post on the communication; and that you should garrison them with men under judicious and spirited officers, to be fixed there, who might be called to account for misconduct, which is difficult to do where they are shifting and changing continually, and who would esteem it their indispensable duty to carry on and maintain the works against any surprises or attacks tha may be attempted. I have written to Congress to appoint Engineers, if they can fix upon proper persons for the office. If you know of any, you had better employ them. I am confident Congress will allow them the usual pay.

General Washington finally visited Fort Ticonderoga in July 1783 while awaiting the official cessation of hostilities with Great Britain. Washington wrote the President of Congress that:

In most disagreeable circumstances here, anxiously expecting the Definitive Treaty without command and with little else to do than to be teazed with troublesome Applications and fruitless demands…I have resolved to wear away a little time in Performing a Tour to the Northward as far north as Tyconderoga and Crown Point and perhaps as far up the Mohawk River as Fort Schuyler. I shall leave this place on Friday next and shall probably be gone about two weeks.

Washington also wrote to General Philip Schuyler the previous day:

 I have always entertained a great desire to see the northern part of this State before I return to the Southward. The present irksome interval while we are waiting for the definitive Treaty affords an opportunity of gratifying this inclusion. We shall set out by water on 18 July.

It would be his only visit to Ticonderoga, though it was a place frequently on his mind in the early years of the Revolution from 1775 to 1777.

What little we know about Washington’s actual visit comes from the Journal of Count Francesco dal Verme, an Italian from Milan who traveled with Washington. Washington’s party of 39 people, including 18 armed soldiers, traveled the length of Lake George on July 22, spending the night at the Lake George landing “under the tents.” Of Lake George, dal Verme noted:

 Not one house did we see during the entire day, but we did sight about seventy islands and rocks all covered with very fine trees.

Washington’s party visited Ticonderoga on July 23 before continuing to Crown Point. More interested in the rattlesnake the party encountered, dal Verme only discusses what was left of the extensive defenses in one sentence and attributes them all to the English rather than the Continental army.

Breakfasted on fish. Had two boats transported overland (2 miles) to place on Lake Champlain. Went ashore to see Ticonderoga where there are remnants of the English defenses of the War of 1754. We killed a snake here nine feet long and four inches in diameter called a Ratel-snake, which has a link of concentric horn rings–in this case six inches long–on the tail with which it makes a great noise. 

Washington’s travels took him as far north as Crown Point and then as far up the Mohawk River as Fort Schuyler (Fort Stanwix). Washington was back with the army at New Windsor two weeks later. The Treaty of Paris ending the war was signed in September and by late November, Washington entered New York City as the British Army evacuated the city.

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