Join Fort Ticonderoga for a lively one-day living history event 1774 His Majesty’s Garrison of Ticonderoga on Saturday, January 13, 2024 to discover the peacetime garrison life for the British soldiers and their families that lived at Fort Ticonderoga.
Highlighted programming will recreate wintertime life for Fort Ticonderoga’s guard of British soldiers and their families, who made their homes inside the fort’s barracks. The musket firing demonstration will recreate the peacetime training of these soldiers from the 26th Regiment of Foot, based on the actual General Orders for the British Army in North America. The cannon demonstration will show how Fort Ticonderoga projected British power through its great guns, as political tensions increased in the American colonies. Delve into the process of creating healthy essentials such as brewing vitamin-packed spruce beer and boiling soap. See the sights and smell the aromas of the respectable dinner that soldiers and their families enjoyed together. See carpentry tools in action and discover the ongoing work to maintain and furnish the barracks hastily rebuilt after a fire in 1760. Explore the quarters of Captain William Delaplace and discover how he came to command Fort Ticonderoga and the ruins of Fort Crown Point by the end of 1773.
“This living history event captures the important role that families played in peacetime garrison life at this British fort,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president & CEO. “They were more than bystanders, they were integral to the operation of the British Army, following these soldiers from Scotland and Ireland, to garrison the empire in North America.”
Appropriate footwear for undetermined winter weather conditions is highly recommended.
Experience this exciting living history event as part of Fort Ticonderoga’s new schedule of programs during Winter Quarters season. From now through April, visitors will be immersed in a more intimate wintertime experience at Fort Ticonderoga. From dramatic living history events, informative seminars, special programs, and hands-on historic trades workshops, guests will have the opportunity to explore Fort Ticonderoga during what was traditionally “Winter Quarters” for armies of the 18th century.
This event and all of Fort Ticonderoga Winter Quarters living history events are free to Ticonderoga Ambassador Pass holders and Fort Ticonderoga Members, with no reservations required. Tickets for the general public can be purchased online in advance at www.fortticonderoga.org or upon arrival.
About Fort Ticonderoga:
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga is a major cultural destination, museum, historic site, and center for learning. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about North America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually. 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. © The Fort Ticonderoga Association. 2024 All Rights Reserved.