Living History & Historic Trades

Soldiers Life Programs:
In the midst of great campaigns and sieges, discover daily life for French soldiers at Fort Carillon (later named Ticonderoga). See how people from across oceans and continents met here in 1758.

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
Whether muskets, grenadier muskets, or hunting fusils, each shot of black powder left fouling which ate away at the gun unless cleaned off. Watch as hot water, grease, and a little brick dust keep these weapons working; lock,
stock, and barrel.

Tailoring
Soldiers pushing 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 & canvas.

Shoemaking
Cheap, plentiful, handmade, genuine leather shoes: it’s too good to be true, right? Join skilled shoemakers as they ply their trade, making and fixing French soldiers’ shoes. Discover how artisan work and mass-production together made shoes for soldiers and subjects alike. Enjoy the subtle style of a man’s shoe in 1758 and the science of making it fit with our skilled shoemakers.

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

Maritime Trades
A growing French fleet on Lake Champlain supplied the French Army at Carillon in 1758. Learn more about the boat building that made this fleet and how French boat styles influenced generations of vessels in North America.

Soldiers’ Gardening
While the French Army drew battle lines off to the west, the Jardin du Roi, or King’s Garden, was the front line in the fight against scurvy. Discover the deep roots of soldiers’ gardens within the French army and how companies of soldiers tended their plots near the shores of Lake Champlain.

Discover the History at Fort Ticonderoga:
Daily Programs at Fort Ticonderoga  

Historic Trades Workshops
Behind the Scenes and Special Tours
Outdoor Recreation at Fort Ticonderoga