Hailed as the premier living history program in North America, Fort Ticonderoga’s museum staff brings history to life every day! Ticonderoga’s epic history and signature stories are highlighted through innovative story telling on a grand scale, historic trades, daily soldiers’ life programs, thrilling weapon’s demonstrations, and captivating special events.
These programs are available Tuesday-Sunday May 6-October 29, 2023. These offerings are included in your general admission ticket and you do not need to make reservations to attend.
Musket firing demonstration daily at 11am; Cannon firing demonstration daily at 2pm
Thrill at the power of 18th-century weapons and discover the technology and tactics utilized by armies at Ticonderoga as they fought for empire and nation.
British Regulars and American Provincial soldiers alike experienced challenges of cooking meals on campaign. Enjoy the sights and smells within the camp kitchen behind the front lines at Ticonderoga in 1760. Discover how British naval power on the Atlantic Ocean spelled defeat for the French, but a feast for the British and American soldiers serving their King and country.
Examine the construction of British soldiers’ shoes in 1760 and discover the science of recreating original shoes from shipwrecks. Flex the supple calfskin of shoe uppers and rap on the hard soles as you explore how these shoes were repaired wherever soldiers marched or rowed.
Discover the leather breeches, Indian leggings, and other garments that set apart British soldiers in North America from their comrades fighting in Europe in 1760. Discover the practices of clothing repair and recycling that were part of the success of British arms.
Discover the race against time at the King’s Shipyard of Ticonderoga as American Provincial soldiers prepared the British fleet for the campaign down Lake Champlain into the heart of French Canada. Explore the carpentry, sail-making, and rigging work used to build and maintain bateaux to move soldiers and supplies to victory in 1760.
In 1760, Red Devon Oxen hauled carts and wagons for the British Army through winding frontier roads as they supplied Ticonderoga for the coming campaign. See Fort Ticonderoga’s dynamic Red Devon duo, Mick & Mack, in action today and discover how their power was vital to the success of British Arms.
Fifes & Drums
June 28-August 24, 2023
Listen to stirring tunes that eased the drudgery of a long march, or the many calls that regulated activity in the fort. Explore how drumbeats, trilling fifes, and songs created an 18th-century world of military music.
Centuries of Seeds & Stories
Allow our friendly staff to be your guide to beautiful flowers and the layers of history found within the King’s Garden. Take a leisurely stroll along the brick paths in the 20th-century walled garden, a tribute to the soldiers who fought here and a testament to America’s first historic preservation effort.
Each shot of black powder fouled and deteriorated muskets unless they were thoroughly cleaned. Watch as hot water, grease, and brick dust keep weapons working lock, stock and barrel!
As the British Army prepared to advance down Lake Champlain, soldiers sewed a vast variety of vegetable seeds in the King’s Garden. Explore the importance of British soldiers’ gardens and how the captured Jardin du Roi grew fresh, flavorful produce for British & American Provincial soldiers at Ticonderoga in 1760.