Living History Event:1775 British Garrison
February 16, 2019
Discover British garrison life in February 1775, three months before Ticonderoga was pulled into the American War of Independence. Living history demonstrations feature the weapons, tactics, trades, and people during peacetime at the fort.
Highlighted programming throughout the day brings to life the routine of soldiers in the 26th Foot and their wives and families who made their homes inside the Fort Ticonderoga’s barracks. Weapons demonstrations allow you 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. Participate in the family program "hands-on cannon for kids" and explore the original collection of cannon around the fort and identify what the numbers and symbols tell us about those cannon! Tour through the reconstructed Fort Ticonderoga of today and see what made this much-vaunted fortification so vulnerable to be captured by the Green Mountain Boys in the spring of 1775.
SPECIAL POP-UP EXHIBITION: From a cartridge box badge that witnessed the surprise of the garrison by Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen to a dog collar worn by the four legged friend of a British officer, these artifacts shed light on the lives of British soldiers posted to the far edge of empire. The objects on display will also include a pair of patten soles, from a type of women's protective footwear. These represent the only object definitively attributed to a woman in the archeological record and are a reminder of the many women that also survived with the garrison here at Ticonderoga.
The event is from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm (last ticket sold at 3:30 pm). Tickets are $12.00 and can be purchased in advance or upon arrival to the Admission's Booth. Free admission is offered to Members of Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass holders, and children age 4 and under.