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Winter Quarters at Fort Ticonderoga: November 2018 - April 2019
Join us for exciting events, seminars, workshops, overnight opportunities, group visits, and more! 

 The campaign of 1758:  May 4 - October 31, 2019
Open daily 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (Last ticket sold at 4:30 pm)
Experience the blend of history and natural beauty like nowhere else when you visit Fort Ticonderoga! Every day is an event and every year is a new experience. New in 2019, explore the French Army’s defense against the British invasion, which climaxed in the 1758 epic Battle of Carillon. Explore this story and Ticonderoga's many other chapters through new immersive programs, guided tours, weapon firing demonstrations, new and permanent exhibits, breathtaking gardens, daily narrated boat tours, soldiers' life programs, Mount Defiance, hands-on family activities, the Carillon Battlefield hiking trail, and more!

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Campaign of 1758 Tours & Demonstrations

Key to the Continent Tour: A Guided Tour through Fort Ticonderoga - 30 minutes
Daily 10:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:00 pm (Begins at American Flag)

In this entertaining 30 minute tour, discover the incredible story of Ticonderoga and all the great experiences Fort Ticonderoga offers today. Learn about the iconic battles of Carillon & Ticonderoga within the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Explore groundbreaking preservation and reconstruction efforts which allowed Fort Ticonderoga to bring to life its heroic tales today and for generations to come.

Family Guided Tour - 15 minutes
Daily June 26-Austust 27 10:40 am and 1:40 pm (Begins at Soldiers' Barracks)
In this fun, active tour, explore our history and all the exciting things to do during your visit! 

Musket Firing Demonstration - 30 minutes
Daily 11:00 am (Demonstration Area)

Even in the wilderness, a soldier’s world was siege and defense behind earthen or log walls. Discover the muskets of French soldiers and artillerymen and thrill at the musket firing as the soldiers work together to hold their ground.

A Continent's Collections Tour: A Guided Tour of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum - 30 minutes
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 on display. 

Breaking Ground Tour: A Guided Tour of the Beautiful & Historic Gardens - 30 minutes
Daily May, June, September, October at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm (Begins at American Flag)
Daily June 26-August 27 at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm (Musical Escort Departing from American Flag)
From military garrison gardens to a vibrant Colonial Revival garden, explore one of North America's oldest cultivated landscapes. Discover the incredible story of America's first historic preservation effort, and the family home and gardens emblematic of that legacy. 

Cannon Firing Demonstration  - 30 minutes 
Daily 2:00 pm (Demonstration area)

ArtillerymenArtillerymen used artful skill and science too carefully combine powder, wadding, and iron cannon balls to deliver powerful, well-aimed shots. Learn how French artillerymen made Fort Carillon's cannon so formidable. 

Mount Defiance Tour: Witness to History Guided Tour - 30 minutes
Daily May 4-October 31 at 4:00 pm (Begins atop Mount Defiance)

Oh, the stories this graceful mountain overlooking French Fort Carillon (later named Ticonderoga) could tell! As Fort Ticonderoga relives 1758, discover the unique tactical role of Mount Defiance in the story of this decisive campaign.

Carillon Boat Tour - 75 minutes
May 24-June 21 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm
June 22-August 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm
August 19-October 18 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm

During this narrated Carillon tour, our friendly and experienced staff will guide you through centuries of Lake Champlain's stirring maritime heritage. Panoramic mountain vistas will surround you and sonar readings present unforgettable images of shipwrecks. A selection of beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks are available for sale on board! Tours begin at the Carillon boat dock located by the Pavilion and King's Garden. 

Ongoing Programs and Outdoor Recreation

In the midst of great campaigns and sieges, discover how crop failure spelled real trouble for Canadians and French soldiers in the middle of a 1758 military victory. 

Soldiers’ Dinner
What happened to the bread? In the middle of military victory, discover how crop failure spelled real trouble for Canadians and French soldiers alike in 1758.

Musket Maintenance
Each shot of black powder fouled and ate away at muskets unless they were thoroughly cleaned. Watch as how water, grease, and brick dust keep weapons working; lock, stock, and barrel. 

Tailoring
Soldiers skilled with needle and thread made far more than just clothing. From napkins and haversacks to tarps and lock covers for muskets, discover the many necessary things fashioned from cloth and canvas. 

Shoemaking
Join skilled shoemakers as they make and fix French soldiers' shoes. Discover how handwork and mass-production combined to make shoes. Enjoy learning from our skilled shoemakers about the subtle style of men's shoes in 1758 and the science of making them fit.

Maritime Trades
A growing French fleet on Lake Champlain supplied the French Army at Carillon in 1758. Learn more about the boatbuilding that made that fleet and how French boat styles influenced vessel construction for generations in North America. 

Carpentry
From tree to timber and beam to building, watch carpentry in action as French soldiers use hand tools to recreate structures found here in 1758. See the uncommon skills that were shared among soldiers and allowed armies to build massive fortifications like Fort Carillon.

Livestock
From officer's personal flocks of chickens to horse and ox teams logging and plowing, discover how livestock fed and provided the heavy hauling power during Montcalm's 1758 campaign. 

Fifes & Drums of Fort Ticonderoga
June 26-August 27 (Various Locations Daily)
Listen to stirring tunes that eased the drudgery of a long march, or the many calls that regulated activity in the fort. Explore how drumbeats, trilling 
fifes, and songs created the 18th-century world of military music.

Family Programs
June 26-August 27

Enjoy crafts and hands-on activities that inspire creativity and fire your imagination. Transport yourself back to the time when Fort Ticonderoga was the Key to the Continent. 

Centuries of Seeds and Stories
Let our flowers and friendly staff be your guide to the layers of history found in the King’s Garden.  Leisurely stroll brick paths in the 20th-century walled garden, a tribute to the soldiers who fought here and a testament to America's first historic preservation effort. 

Carillon Battlefield Hiking Trail
Explore 18th-century earthworks, glacial rock formations, and a pristine wilderness landscape on the 1.7-mile trail. Be sure to pick up a trail guide in the Log House Welcome Center at the Guest Service Desk or download one