Learn a Trade

The Artificer’s Apprentice (November-April)

Join Fort Ticonderoga’s talented historic trades staff in “The Artificer’s Apprentice” program for an in-depth active study in trades such as tailoring, carpentry, and shoemaking. Learn about and participate in the making of clothes and shoes during the months of October/November and March/April and have the opportunity to have a once in a lifetime experience at Fort Ticonderoga!

In this on-site program, your students learn about trades and mechanical arts that helped support the armies at Fort Ticonderoga. Rotating through four stations, students learn about the local and global economy that supplied the leather, cloth, and other materials utilized by artificers. Students pick up needle and thread and work with leather and cloth alongside Fort Ticonderoga’s artificers as they work to clothe and outfit the soldiers at Ticonderoga.


“The Artificer’s Apprentice” is open by reservation for school groups by appointment. The program is available most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, March 7-April 20, 2019, and October 31-November 21, 2019.


A minimum of 15 students is required. The program fee is $10 per student with one free teacher chaperone/parent chaperone for every five students. Additional chaperones pay $14 each.

Making Reservations

To make a reservation for your class, contact Ryann Wiktorko, Group Tour Coordinator at (518) 585-1023 or rwiktorko@fort-ticonderoga.org.

C3 Framework Key Ideas

  • D2.Eco.3.3-5. Identify examples of the variety of resources (human capital, physical capital, and natural resources) that are used to produce goods and services.
  • D2.Eco.4.3-5. Explain why individuals and businesses specialize and trade.
  • D2.His.2.3-5. Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today.

Next Generation Science Standards

  • 3-5-ETS1-1 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
  • 3-5-ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.