June 30-July 6 visitors joined Fort Ticonderoga to celebrate freedom by exploring the year 1777 when America was consumed in the labor of liberty through guided tours, weapons demonstrations, Carillon boat cruises, the Mount Defiance experience, and other ongoing programming. The Fife & Drum Corps performed patriotic tunes and will continue to amuse and delight the crowd through August.
Families from near and far joined us for a full day of autumn fun set in the midst of the King’s Garden heirloom apple trees and the beautiful Adirondack landscape! During exciting demonstrations, visitors discovered the importance of horses and other working animals. They got to know friendly animals, such as our dynamic oxen duo, Mick & Mack. They strolled through our farmers market featuring local food, beverages, and crafts. They participated in family fun activities such as pumpkin painting, coloring, sack races, and tackling the 6-acre corn maze! This fall-favorite event combined with daily Fort Ticonderoga programs including the Carillon Boat Tour makes this an annual family tradition!
In this weekend-long event, visitors were able to experience the dramatic story of "America's First Victory" from the perspectives of both the British Garrison and the Green Mountain Boys through programming, demonstrations, and guided tours. They came face-to-face with the historical characters including Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold. What an epic way to kick-off our 2018 daily visitation Campiagn Season!
Discover Ticonderoga's epic story! Join us for a new experience with every visit. Fort Ticonderoga is the only site in the world that tells a new story each year, honestly recreating the clothing, accoutrement, tools and other items based on the musuem's original collections and reproduced faithfully by historic trades staff members. See the dynamic nature of history and explore our defining story in fresh and exciting ways!
During this living history event, programming brought to life the routine of soldiers in the 26 Foot and their wives and families who made their homes inside the Fort Ticonderoga’s barracks. Weapons demonstrations went beyond loading and firing and explored military traditions that remained and tactical innovations that were standard on the eve of the Revolutionary War. Tours through the reconstructed Fort Ticonderoga of today highlighted the reasons why this fortification was so vulnerable to be captured by the Green Mountain Boys in the spring of 1775.
During this one-day Living History Event, guests were able to witness how French soldiers, Canadians, and Native warriors prepared for an attack on Fort William Henry on March 16, 1757.
Highlighted programming including tours, living history demonstrations, historic trades, weapons demonstrations, and Fife and Drum Corps performances transformed Ticonderoga into the year 1757 and brought this dramatic story to life when the British and French Empires were vying over this strategic region in North America.
At this special Living History event, guests joined the German soldiers, who formed the core of the Ticonderoga Garrison in preparation to evacuate the "Gibraltar of the North." Royal Artillerymen aided these Brunswickers to determine what to take, and what to destroy to prevent falling into enemy hands. Highlighted programming throughout the day brought to life the decision to evacuate soldiers north into Canada, while destroying anything useful to the Continental Army.
Fort Ticonderoga hosted a one-day living history event Saturday, February 18th, highlighting British garrison life in February 1775, three months before Ticonderoga was pulled into the American War of Independence. Guests were part of the action as living history demonstrations featured the weapons, tactics, trades, and people during peacetime at the fort. From blanket coats, to fur caps and mittens, visitors dicovered the special clothing and equipment needed for service in Canada and along Lake Champlain.
Highlighted programming throughout the day brought to life the routine of soldiers in the 26th Foot and their wives and families who made their homes inside the walls of the fort. Weapons demonstrations allowed guests to go beyond loading and firing to discuss what military traditions remained and what tactical innovations were standard on the eve of the Revolutionary War. Tours through the reconstructed Fort Ticonderoga of today showed what made this much vaunted fortification so vulnerable to be captured by the Green Mountain Boys in the spring of 1775.
Fort Ticonderoga hosted the tenth Annual Scots Day on Saturday, June 17, 2017 celebrating the commemoration of Scottish heritage and culture and their significant contributions to the 18th-century North American history. We were accompanied by Scottish Clan tents, Border Collie demonstrations and stirring Pipe performances by the Leatherstocking District Pipe Band.
On Sunday, July 9, 2017, Fort Ticonderoga welcomed an abundance of guests to enjoy the King's Garden with afternoon tea, champagne, cocktails, conservation, music and elegant fare.The Garden Party is a benefit to support the preservation and educational programs in the exquisite King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga.
During this exciting two-day battle re-enactment, Fort Ticonderoga highlighted the epic 1758 Battle of Carillon. Visitors were able to witness how the British amassed the largest army in North American history to date as they were stunningly defeated by a French army a quarter of its size. Highlighted programming featured throughout the weekend brought to life the story of the courageous French soldiers that protected their lines of defense against all odds. Visitors met the British and Provincial soldiers who gave their utmost to drive the French from the rocky peninsula and fortress of Carillon, later named Ticonderoga.
On September 9-10, 2017, Fort Ticonderoga hosted an exciting two-day battle re-enactment highlighting the epic 1777 Brown’s Raid!
Highlighted programming throughout the weekend brought to life the American raid on Ticonderoga in their attempt to recapture this strategic fortification. Visitors had the opportunity to explore the Royal Navy’s role in the attack and experience the battle from a completely new angle on Lake Champlain aboard tour boat, Carillon. The American raid on Ticonderoga unfolded across the landscape and explored the mechanics and weapons of this daring attack through living history demonstrations and programs.
Fort Ticonderoga recreated the epic story of Henry Knox's "Noble Train" of artillery on December 9, 2017. The event featured exciting programs that highlighted Henry Knox's arrival to Fort Ticonderoga and recreated the beginning of the incredible feat that ultimately forced the British evacuation from Boston on March 17, 1776.
The 2016 Annual Garden Party was held on July 10th, where guests enjoyed delicious food, tasty drinks, terrific entertainment, and a fabulous view of the beautiful King's Garden! It was a great turnout to support the preservation and educational programs for the exquisite King's Garden. With prizes given for best vintage attire, best theme attire, best hat, and best coordinated couple, our guests had the opportunity to celebrate the Lords and Ladies in the Garden by dressing in their favorite 1920's apparel!
What a way to celebrate Scottish culture and military heritage at Fort Ticonderoga! By visiting clan tents and vendors, guests were able to dicsover his/her own Scottish connection, all while enjoying the sounds of Scottish music performences. Through a military timeline, visitors were able to really understand and discover stories of centuries of Scottish soldiers in the British Army, remembering the incredible bravery and discipline of the Black Watch against insurmountable odds at the 1758 Battle of Carillon Ceremony.
This event was made possible, in part, by the Essex County Arts Council Cultural Assistance Program Grant supported by the Essex County Board of Supervisors.
The Fife and Drum Corps Muster allowed our guests to experience martial music at its best! They were able to enjoy the stirring rhythms and tunes of classic marches and camp songs, while also having the opportunity to learn about the practical purpose of fifes and drums.
This battle re-enactment highlighted the climactic summer of 1777 bringing to life the story of the American garrison at Ticonderoga as it was outflanked, out-supplied, and out-manned by a British invasion force descending from Canada.
The event featured two full days of exciting programs including a hot defense of the outer lines, the American retreat and British capture of the fort, and daily life in both the British and American camps. Additional programming featured the history of chocolate at Ticonderoga in 1777 in partnership with Mars American Heritage Chocolate, who helped in part fund the event programming through a generous grant.
Fort Ticonderoga recreated the epic story of Henry Knox's "Noble Train" of artillery during a reenactment. The event featured an exciting program highlighting Henry Knox's arrival to Fort Ticonderoga and recreated the beginning of the incredible feat that ultimately forced the British evacuation from Boston on March 17, 1776
Fort Ticonderoga's Midsummer Gala took place August 8, 2015. The Gala was held within the majestic walls of the fort overlooking the beautiful historic landscape on Lake Champlain. Cocktails included a perfect 1756 French tavern and stunning views of the Adirondack and Green Mountains. Dinner began with the roar of a cannon. The French inspired dinner was held in the Mars Education Center Great Room and was followed by an entertaining live auction, great music, and plenty of dancing! The Midsummer Gala is one of 3 major fundraising events held each year to support Fort Ticonderoga's mission of preservation and education. Fort Ticonderoga is an independent non-profit educational organization. Photo credit Fort Ticonderoga and Naj Wikoff.
The two day battle reenactment held July 18-19, 2015 event tells the story of the epic 1758 Battle of Carillon. The Battle of Carillon sealed the reputation of Ticonderoga for generations to come and is recognized as the bloodiest day in North American history until the American Civil War.
The event highlighted the story of the loyal and courageous French soldiers that defended the French lines against all odds and the British and Provincial soldiers who gave their all to drive the French from the rocky peninsula and fortress of Ticonderoga. The French victory at Carillon was its greatest during the French and Indian War while the British faced their greatest defeat.
Photo copyright Fort Ticonderoga.
Fort Ticonderoga hosted an exciting living history event and battle re-enactment highlighting Major Robert Rogers and the Battle on Snowshoes on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Visitors were able to experience the hectic tree to tree fighting in a recreated battle. Also available during this event were interactive tours and exhibits that detailed the lives of the soldiers and rangers. Michael Galban, Public Historian at Ganondagan State Historic Site, scheduled a special presentation to discuss winter adaptations among Natives in the Colonial Period. Matthew Keagle, Fort Ticonderoga's Curator of Collections, joined with visitors to examine what the French troops stationed at Fort Carillon left behind and discussed what the archeological evidence revealed about the material conditions of French military life on the front lines of New France.
Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience. Explore the daily lives of soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga through historic trades including shoe making, tailoring, and carpentry. Discover how supplies reached the front line of new France for Languedoc soldiers in the French and Indian War. Learn how American's outfitted more than 10,000 troops during the American Revolution at Ticonderoga. Step inside one of our trade shops to discover how global trade, military reality, and social customes influenced style and need when outfitting troops at Ticonderoga in the 18th century.
Fort Ticonderoga hosted its first "Winter Family Fun Day" on Saturday February 13, 2016. It was the coldest day of the year at a low of -30F with windchill. The event featured a recreation of soldiers in the winter of 1777 garrisoning Fort Ticonderoga.
The Collections of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum include artifact, archeological, and archival material stretching from pre-history to the 20th century. Strengths include early modern weaponry and uniforms, artillery, and manuscripts relating the Seven Years and Revolutionary War in the North.
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Celebrate the layers of history and beauty in the King's Garden. Be inspired by the vibrant colors inside the walled colonial revival garden, roll up your sleeves and dig into our horticulture story when you attend our many programs, and discover how we take care of our heritage plants in this Adirondack climate.