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On the Eve of the Revolution: 1775 British Garrison Living History Event

Get a sneak peek at some of the objects that bear witness to Britain’s control of Lake Champlain

lineup of British soldiers

Join Fort Ticonderoga for a one-day living history event on Saturday, February 15, 2020 to discover the story of the British garrison at Ticonderoga in February 1775, just three months before the Americans captured the fort and claimed America’s first victory.

Highlighted programming throughout the day brings to life the story of soldiers in the 26th Foot and their wives and families who made their homes inside Fort Ticonderoga’s barracks. Weapons demonstrations allow you to go beyond loading and firing to discuss what military traditions remained and what tactical innovations were standard on the eve of the Revolutionary War. Participate in a fun, hands-on family program and explore Ticonderoga’s original collection of cannon. Tour Fort Ticonderoga and see what made this much-vaunted fortification so vulnerable to be captured by the Green Mountain Boys in the spring of 1775. kids program on cannon

A special pop-up exhibit will display new and never before displayed objects from Britain’s control of Fort Ticonderoga. Get a sneak peek at some of the objects that bear witness to Britain’s control of Lake Champlain which will be featured in a new exhibit titled Between the Wars: British Ticonderoga 1759-1775 opening in May 2020.

“This living history event recognizes the people that provide the peacetime services and efforts to prepare Ticonderoga for war once again in 1775,” said Beth Hill, president & CEO. “Our commitment to bringing the dramatic and real stories of Ticonderoga’s epic chapters through unforgettable programs such as the 1775 British Garrison is an opportunity to share with our visitors the importance of this place in the founding of America.”

close up of soldier working on a musket

Bring your family along to experience this exciting living history event during Fort Ticonderoga’s new schedule of programs during Winter Quarters season. From now through April, visitors will be immersed in a more intimate experience at Fort Ticonderoga. From living history events, insightful seminars, specialty programs, and hands-on workshops, guests will have the opportunity to explore Fort Ticonderoga during what was traditionally the “Winter Quarters” season for armies of the 18th century.

For more information, call 518-585-2821.

Photo: Photo Copyright and Credit Fort Ticonderoga.

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.