The Pavilion was built as a summer home in 1826 by William Ferris Pell and is considered one of America's earliest summer homes. Pell and his family occupied the home through the 1830s. By the early 1840s the house had begun to be used as a hotel, its primary function through 1900. As a hotel, the house welcomed travelers passing through Ticonderoga while traveling by steamboat on Lake George and Lake Champlain. The hotel is known to have accommodated such guests as Robert Todd Lincoln, son of President Abraham Lincoln; the prominent French & Indian War historian, Francis Parkman; and prolific Adirondack photographer, Seneca Ray Stoddard. When William Ferris Pell’s great-grandson, Stephen H.P. and his wife Sarah G.T. Pell began the restoration of Fort Ticonderoga in 1909, they simultaneously undertook the restoration of the Pavilion and used the house as a summer residence for many years. After Stephen Pell’s death in 1950 his son John occupied the house through 1987. As one of the earliest summer homes and hotels in the region, the Pavilion is considered to be a significant historic structure in its own right. The strucuture's history is considered additionally significant as part of its role with Ticonderoga's landmark preservation story dating to the 1820s and considered one of the earliest efforts in America as well as its role in the fort's monumental restoration story, again, considered the earliest of its kind in America. The Pavilion is a critical link spanning nearly two centuries of Fort Ticonderoga’s history encompassing the stories of landmark preservation, the birth of American tourism, and monumental restoration.
Today, the Pavilion's story has been documented in a recently completed historic structures report conducted by well-known preservation architect, John G. Waite. Dendrochronology was conducted in 2014 which identified beams dating as early as the late 17th century and 18th century. Take a behind-the-scene tour to learn more about the Pavilion's rich story and the investigatory approach to better understanding it.
Funding is currently being sought to support the stablization and restoration of the Pavilion which will be repurposed for a variety of uses including meeting space, dining, catering, and limited destination lodging. Visit special gift opportunities to learn more how you can support the restoration of this significant historic structure.