Epic battle to be reenacted at Fort Ticonderoga
TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — Experience one of Fort Ticonderoga’s signature events, “Montcalm’s Cross,” a two-day battle reenactment, Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. Featuring hundreds of reenactors, cannons, drums, muskets and more, this is the largest battle reenactment of the year at Fort Ticonderoga. The battle will highlight the epic Battle of Carillon fought between the British and French in July 1758, considered the bloodiest battle in North America until the American Civil War.
All weekend, Ticonderoga will bring to life the stunning logistic feat by the British to amass more than 16,000 troops and try to capture Fort Carillon (later renamed Ticonderoga). Meet British and Provincial soldiers in their camps to explore the weapons, manpower, and preparations to lay siege to Carillon. Visit the French-held fort and meet French soldiers to discover how they engineered timber, treetops, and terrain into a stunning victory against an overwhelming enemy.
“The opportunity to witness the battle as French soldiers inflict a stunning defeat on the significantly larger British Army is an immersive educational experience you won’t find anywhere else,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “Each day of this battle reenactment brings to life a different story.”
It’s not all blood and guns though… Explore how British sutlers followed the army, selling all sorts of comforts to soldiers, including the ingredients for delicious chocolate beverages. Be sure to stop by the Mars Education Center throughout the weekend and join the Mars American Heritage Chocolate team to see demonstrations and try samples of this historic beverage as you learn the incredible story of chocolate in the Colonial world.
Then go check out the Rare Native American artifacts from the Robert Nittolo collection, considered the most significant private collection of its kind. This exhibit will be on view July 20 as part of the weekend special event.
Objects will include a rare Native American style bag with ornamentation known as quillwork and a war club which represent the distinctive martial material culture of Native Americans by the late 18th century.
From scenic narrated boat tours on Lake Champlain, daily tours and battle briefings, to music and marches with Ticonderoga’s Fifes and Drums, to museum exhibits, gardens, and the Mount Defiance experience, visitors of all ages will have a full immersive weekend experience. Each day offers a uniquely different experience for guests and are filled with historical fun and re-enactments.
Admission to this two-day event is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket ($24 for adults and $12 for kids). All general admission tickets include a second day of admission free. For more information on this event and to view the entire event schedule, visit fortticonderoga.org or call (518) 585-2821.