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 7-October 30, 2022. These offerings are included in your general admission ticket and you do not need to make reservations to attend.
The 2022 Site Map & Daily Schedule is available here.
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.
Whether French soldiers (May 7-July 26) or American Provincial soldiers (July 27-Oct 30) see the challenges of feeding armies at Ticonderoga in 1759. Enjoy the sights and smells of camp cooking over an open fire behind the front lines. Discover how British naval power on the Atlantic ocean spelled famine for the French, but a feast for American Provincial soldiers serving King & Country.
Examine the construction of soldiers’ shoes in 1759 and compare the French chaussures with English common shoes. 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.
From French tricot to German serge and English broadcloth to Russia sheeting, discover the many textiles used to clothe soldiers in 1759 from the French & British Armies.
British and French commanders realized the fate of French Canada could rest on control of Lake Champlain in 1759. Explore the carpentry, sail-making, and rigging work used to build bateaux utilized by both armies. Discover the race against time at the King’s Shipyard of Ticonderoga as American Provincial soldiers built a British fleet to drive the French from the lake.
The French and British armies called upon their soldiers to build wherever they served. With hache and hammer, chisel and clous, discover the tools and materials of carpentry at Ticonderoga in 1759.
In 1759, Red Devon oxen hauled the British Army baggage through winding frontier roads as they prepared to attack Ticonderoga. See Fort Ticonderoga’s Red Devon in action today and discover how their power was vital to both armies.
Fifes & Drums
June 29-August 23, 2022
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!
French soldiers produced greens, cabbage, and other vegetables to add flavor and nutrition to their dwindling rations in 1759. Explore the importance of soldiers’ gardens in the French and British armies and how the Jardin du Roi became one of the prizes of victory for American Provincial soldiers garrisoning Ticonderoga.