Daily Programs


Every year at Fort Ticonderoga is a new story!

Relive the defining moments in America’s history when nations fought to control a continent. Located within the shadow of the Adirondack Mountains and overlooking Vermont’s picturesque Green Mountains, Fort Ticonderoga guards the historic portage between Lake Champlain and Lake George. The French and their native allies failed to conquer this region during the French & Indian War. And a generation later, the British failed during the Revolutionary War. In the end, Americans controlled Lake Champlain, and therefore controlled the continent. 
Winter Quarters: November-April, 2018
Experience a more intimate perspective of Fort Ticonderoga through special events, seminars, and programs. Group tours are welcome by advanced reservation! 
Fort Ticonderoga is only open for special event programs November-April. Visit the events calendar for details. 
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Tours & Demonstrations

Campaign of 1781: May 5 - October 31, 2018
Open daily 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (Last ticket sold at 4:30 pm)

Key to the Continent Tour
Daily 10:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:00 pm (Begins at the American Flag)

In this entertaining half-hour tour, discover the incredible story of Ticonderoga and all the great experiences Fort Ticonderoga offers today. Learn about the iconic battles of Ticonderoga within the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Explore groundbreaking preservation and reconstruction efforts that allow Fort Ticonderoga to bring to life its heroic tales today and for generations to come.

Musket Firing Demonstrations
Daily 11:00 am (Demonstration Area)

In close engagements on water and land, British sailors and soldiers could fire a rain of bullets. Discover how both services of Royal Navy sailors and British soldiers mastered the use of the musket to defend boats and fortifications.

Fort Ticonderoga Museum Tour
Daily 11:30 am and 2:30 pm (Parade Ground)

More than a century of collecting has allowed Fort Ticonderoga to acquire North America’s largest and most important collection of 18th-century military material culture. This guided tour will give you the scoop on the most significant, rare, and interesting pieces in the collection.

Breaking Ground: A Tour of the Historic Gardens 
Daily May-June 11:30 am and 2:30 pm (Begins at the American Flag)
Daily July-August 11:45 am and 2:45 pm (Begins in King's Garden)
Daily September-October 11:30 am and 2:30 pm (Begins at American Flag)

From military garrison gardens to a vibrant colonial revival garden, explore one of the oldest cultivated landscapes in North America. Discover the incredible story of America's first historic preservation effort, and the family home and gardens emblematic of this legacy. 

Cannon Firing Demonstrations
Daily 2:00 pm (Demonstration Area)

Royal Navy sailors were both masters of the sail and masters of the great guns. Witness how sailors brought naval gunnery skills from ships onto land at Ticonderoga. Experience the meticulous procedure designed for loading and firing cannons safe on sea and land. 

Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour
Daily at 4:00 pm (begins at the top of Mount Defiance)

Get a birds-eye view of America’s most historic landscape and waterway! As Fort Ticonderoga relives 1781, join this tour and imagine a sea of canvas tents on land and sails on Lake Champlain. Discover the sweeping saga of Ticonderoga surrounded by the stunning scenery between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains. 

Daily Soldiers' Life Programs

In these immersive, engaging, on-going demonstrations, explore the lives of British soldiers and sailors at Ticonderoga in 1781. Don't miss the chance to discover daily skills as diverse as keeping fleets afloat to soldiers staying fed and everything in between. 

Soldiers’ Dinner
'Ships biscuit,' wasn't just for sailors in 1781. See how the challenges of feeding sailors on the high seas and soldiers on the march converged at Ticonderoga. In these daily hands-on demonstrations, explore how kettles of dry or salted rations were cooked into meals, whether in an army camp kitchen or a ship's galley. 

Musket Maintenance
Guns, great and small, required daily care to keep working. Watch as boiling water, oil, and brick dust keep muskets shiny, clean, and most importantly, ready to fire. 

Do you wonder what makes redcoats red or why sailors had blue jackets? Discover the language of clothing in 1781 and how different uniforms were adapted for different jobs in the British army and navy. Explore the stitches and materials used to make everything from shirts to ship's sails. 

With every soldier issued two pairs of shoes and two pairs of leather shoe soles donated by the King of England himself, explore how issues of economics and supply stitched together protect soldiers feet. See shoemakers among the ranks of soldiers repair their comrades' shoes in a campaign that tried men's souls. 

In 1781, the buildings in and around Fort Ticonderoga were just ruins. British soldiers and sailors trained in framing and finishing wooden buildings were tasked at rebuilding barracks and storehouses. Watch as chisels, saws, and axes make perfect mortise and tennon cuts to rebuild structures. 
Whether hauling logs, dragging cannon, or plowing fields, cattle and their teamster supplied the heavy pulling power at Ticonderoga. Discover the agility and strength of trained cattle carefully controlled by teamsters. Learn how hundreds of cattle were employed to rebuild Ticonderoga in 1781. 

Soldiers’ Gardening 

Experience the History at Fort Ticonderoga:
Living History and Historic Trades at the Fort
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