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Experience the Dramatic 1759 Siege of Carillon Battle Reenactment, July 20-21

Fort Ticonderoga presents the 1759 Siege of Carillon two-day battle reenactment July 20-21. Through a combination of demonstrations, vignettes, narrated boat cruises, and battle reenactments, visitors will experience the British advance for Lake George. Become immersed in this 18th-century siege; featuring the constant roar of cannon, thrilling battle reenactments, and even a nighttime program where visitors are immersed in the battle for Carillon, named Ticonderoga by the British once they capture the fort from the French. The Battle Reenactment will take place all weekend and is included as part of daily admission.  Tickets can be purchased at or at the gate.

The Calm Before the Storm, Saturday, July 20
Step into Fort Carillon on July 23, 1759, and discover how the French to block British invasion here on Lake Champlain. Visitors will discover General Jeffrey Amherst’s plan to prevent the mistakes of 1758 as he advanced towards Ticonderoga with his 11,000-man army of British and American provincial soldiers. Watch as British regulars, American provincials, rangers, and Native American warriors push from Lake George to capture the Heights of Carillon. See how French soldiers traded ground for time, as they carefully stalled the British advance in preparation to defend Fort Carillon.

The Roar of the French Fort!
During a dramatic evening program on Saturday, July 20, the twilight will be ablaze with gunfire as visitors experience the 1759 Siege of Carillon based on original eyewitness accounts on both sides of the lines. See the British and American provincial soldiers continue to dig their cannon batteries and guard their position even as mortar bombs fall along with the darkness. Tour the battlelines that surrounds Fort Carillon, as French artillery fires from new positions arrayed strategically against the British. *Gates open at 7 p.m. (last ticket sold at 7:45 p.m.) and the reenactment will begin at 8 p.m. A Battle Briefing Tour at 7:30 p.m. will show you where these events actually happened inside Fort Ticonderoga on July 23, 1759. Tickets are limited and are encouraged to be purchased online in advance.

The Aftermath, Sunday, July 21
Explore the last hours of Fort Carillon, as the French prepared to evacuate, even as they continued to fire at the encircling British. French soldiers sortie out from Fort Carillon one last time to disrupt British progress on their entrenchments and cannon batteries. After initially faltering from the surprise, British and American provincial soldiers regain their position, and the work of the siege continues. Get the rare sight of the French evacuating by bateau on Lake Champlain.

Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Defiance are open for visitation Tuesday-Sunday through October 27, 2024 from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (last entry 4:30 p.m.). Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting

About Fort Ticonderoga
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga is museum, historic site, major cultural destination, and center for learning, on-site and across the globe through Fort Ticonderoga’s Center for Digital History. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about North America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year. Presenting vibrant programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits, Fort Ticonderoga and is open for daily visitation May through October and special programs during Winter Quarters, November through April. Fort Ticonderoga is owned by The Fort Ticonderoga Association, a 501c3 non-profit educational organization, and is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts. To view Fort Ticonderoga’s electronic press kit, click here. © The Fort Ticonderoga Association. 2024 All Rights Reserved.