Fort Ticonderoga will honor veterans during a one-day living history event on Saturday, November 14th. Visitors will experience the American Army at Ticonderoga as its soldiers looked to an uncertain future after successfully halting the British on October 28, 1776.
Through dramatic living history vignettes, visitors will see army officers thank the soldiers for their service and persuade them to reenlist. Soldiers’ life and historic trades programs will highlight the preparations for soldiers marching to General Washington’s aid and the defense of Ticonderoga in the new year.
This event will evoke the real labor that led to liberty, in winning independence and defending it for generations since. In addition, virtual visitors from around the globe can tune into Facebook Live to watch the dramatic recreated moments for the American Army at Ticonderoga, throughout the day.
Highlighted programming includes guided tours, on-going historic trades programs, and weapons demonstrations.
Digital programs as part of Fort Ticonderoga’s Center for Digital History will explore the topic of rations at Ticonderoga in 1776 and show soldiers making final preparations including handing in ammunition before preparing to put Ticonderoga behind them on their march.
“This living history event will highlight the American Army’s trials at Ticonderoga and reflect on the sacrifices which led to victory and independence,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president & CEO. “Our commitment to bringing the dramatic and real story of our past to life through unforgettable programs such as the Continue in the Service…and Save their Country living history event is an opportunity to share with our visitors the importance of Ticonderoga in the founding of America. The digital component allows viewers and supporters from across the globe to experience this event from the comfort of their homes.”
This event is free for all active and retired military personnel. For the full visitor schedule and other details, click here. In the case of this event being canceled due to possible COVID-19 restrictions, updates will be made on Fort Ticonderoga’s website and Facebook.
About Fort Ticonderoga:
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.