Experience an immersive living history event at Fort Ticonderoga highlighting the return of French soldiers to Carillon (now called Fort Ticonderoga). On Saturday May 9 through Sunday May 10, visitors will step into New France in 1756 as French soldiers return by boats from posts down Lake Champlain. This event will kick off the 2015 season at Fort Ticonderoga and capture the site’s epic story on land and water. Event tickets are included with daily admission. Two-day admission ticket discounts apply. Members of Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass holders, and children age 4 and under are free. For more information, call 518-585-2821 or visit fortticonderoga.org
“‘Before Long We Would Have Reinforcements’ Living History Event will trace the footsteps of French soldiers as they struggle to guard the unfinished earth, stone, and log walls of Fort Carillon in the midst of construction,” said Stuart Lilie, Senior Director of Interpretation at Fort Ticonderoga. “This event is designed to be a rich experience for both participants and visitors alike. It will investigate the situation and factors that brought a French army across an ocean and up the lakes and rivers through the wilderness of Canada. Visitors will see the French army pull their oars through the waves of Lake Champlain to join their comrades at Carillon anxiously awaiting the return of reinforcements.”
Saturday morning, with a small flotilla of bateaux, Fort Ticonderoga interpretative staff and re-enactors will row and sail their way up Lake Champlain to arrive by 2:00 pm at Fort Ticonderoga. This is a recreation of the final stride of French soldiers travelling to Carillon, just as it happened on May 9, 1756.
Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience. It is the only site in the world that tells a new story each year through dynamic historical interpretation. This year is 1756 at Fort Ticonderoga; a fundamental year in the construction of the Fort and the jardin du Roi (King’s Garden). Guests will discover 1756 from the French perspective and explore how it took an empire to sustain and fight for a continent. Daily programming will bring to life this epic story through tours, soldier’s life programs, historic trades, soldier’s gardening, hands-on family programs, museum exhibitions, and daily boat tours aboard Fort Ticonderoga’s new 60 ft. cruise boat, the Carillon.
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