Ahead of their grand opening for the 2022 season on May 7, Fort Ticonderoga President Beth L. Hill announced that Strong Ticonderoga was recently granted a loan of $500,000 to help support the restoration of historic strong walls.
“After years of advocating for the preservation Strong Ticonderoga, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer has secured $500,000 for the restoration and rehabilitation of the iconic strong walls,” Hill said. “Senator Schumer visited Strong Ticonderoga in August 2017 and then pledged to fight to provide funds to repair the site’s aging walls, and in his first omnibus as Majority Leader, Senator Schumer gave his support to Strong Ticonderoga, a National Historic Landmark.
Fort Ticonderoga staff encourages history buffs of all ages to explore 2,000 acres of America’s most historic landscape, located on the shores of Lake Champlain, nestled between New York’s Adirondacks and Vermont’s Green Mountains. The history and iconic stories of Ticonderoga are highlighted through innovative large-scale storytelling, historic crafts, daily soldier life programs, exciting weapons demonstrations, endless outdoor activities and exciting special events.
This year, Fort Ticonderoga opens a new chapter in its history. Follow the story of 1759, from the heroic final defense of the French Fort Carillon to the construction of the British Fort Ticonderoga. Just as in 1759, the historical representation reflected in programs and tours will change in July. May 7-July 26experience this pivotal campaign of the French and Indian War through captivating programs featuring French soldiers and gunners. July 27-October 31meet New England provincial soldiers serving in the British Army as they guarded Ticonderoga, building a new fort and fleet on Lake Champlain.
“Fort Ticonderoga is a must-visit destination, a center of learning and a multi-faceted interactive experience,” Hill said. “Daily programs bring epic chapters of history and iconic stories to life through new interactive programs and world-class museum exhibits, boat tours aboard the Carillonliving history events, special programs, lush gardens, Mount Defiance tours, hands-on family activities, and more!”
2022 highlights include:
- This year, Fort Ticonderoga opens a new chapter in its history. Explore the year 1759. Thrill at the might of artillery and the crackle of muskets with daily weapon demonstrations and explore programs, new exhibits, gardens, historic crafts and other family adventures through the quaint historic property.
- Carillon Boat Cruises: Enjoy beautiful, panoramic views of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondack Mountains on a 75-minute narrated boat tour of Lake Champlain. Regional beer and wine are available for purchase on board.
- Featured exhibition: A well-regulated militia: citizen, soldier and state explores the critical institution of the militia in early American history, from colonization to nationhood, offering a unique examination of the defense system that developed in the United States. The special exhibition includes more than 100 artifacts such as rare original militia uniforms, headgear, weapons, musical instruments, manuscripts, printed books, artworks and paraphernalia, many of which are exhibited for the first time in decades.
- Lush historic gardens and friendly animals: Immerse your senses in the colors and scents of a unique American estate and explore Ticonderoga’s post-Revolution history. Visit the Jardin du Roi or create family memories in a NEW garden designed especially for children. Discover our heritage breed animals including the duo of oxen, Mick and Mack!
- Breathtaking Views: Visit Mount Defiance for a birds-eye view of Fort Ticonderoga’s epic historic landscape. Whether you’re climbing the mountain in the footsteps of General Burgoyne’s troops or traveling easily to the summit in your car, you’ll savor the spectacular beauty of America’s most historic landscape. Learn how this peak shaped America’s history during “Mount Defiance: Witness to History” offered Tuesday through Sunday at 4 p.m.
- In July and August, take part in NEW family program active adventures and help the soldiers with their daily tasks. Receive rewards for completing the tasks. Take a guided tour specially designed for families.
“As a leader in providing an upscale historic destination experience, we are thrilled to welcome visitors back to Fort Ticonderoga for the campaign season of daily tours – creating family memories, fostering enjoying the beauty of our site and inspiring visitors to discover the power of the past and its meaning for us today,” said Hill.
Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Defiance will be open for tours Tuesday through Sunday from May 7 through October 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m.)
Staff encourage customers to purchase tickets in advance online by visiting www.fortticonderoga.org Tickets can also be purchased on the day at the admissions kiosk. General admission tickets are valid for two consecutive days.
About Fort Ticonderoga:
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves the largest collection of 18th century artillery in North America, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain and the Carillon battlefield, and the largest series of works Earthworks from the surviving Revolutionary War era in America. As a multi-day destination and premier location to learn about our country’s early years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga attracts more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million per year and offers programs, historical interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily tours from May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part by generous donations and with general operational support made possible by the New York State Council of the Arts.
More information can be found here: https://www.fortticonderoga.org/
Top photo: aerial image photo credit Carl Heilman II, copyright Fort Ticonderoga. Photo from Fort Ticonderoga website.