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Fort Ticonderoga offers lessons in history

HISTORY BUFFS WHO dress and act like pioneers and citizen soldiers will be part of the experience at Fort Ticonderoga’s Memorial Day Weekend events.

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — Fort Ticonderoga this weekend will pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in service to their country during the American Revolution. The public is invited to discover the story of the American Army in 1777 and how it defended liberty at Ticonderoga. Special living history programs and demonstrations will be presented throughout Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28.

“Join a hive of activity as citizens-turned-soldiers reinforced extensive lines of defenses across the Ticonderoga peninsula and beyond to prepare for a renewed British invasion. Throughout the weekend, visitors will witness the labor of liberty as Fort Ticonderoga staff portraying Continental Army soldiers bring to life this defining story through military drill, weapon demonstrations, historic trades, hauling timber with oxen and raising huts for shelter,” said Stuart Lilie, Fort Ticonderoga vice president of public history.

Enjoy narrated scenic boat tours aboard the Carillon and cruise along the same shores of Lake Champlain that American soldiers and sailors sailed in 1777.

A full line-up of activities and programs offered throughout the weekend can be found online at fortticonderoga.org . Events include daily tours within the fort, King’s Garden, and museum exhibition spaces; historic trades programs; ongoing living history programs; thrilling weapons demonstrations; the Mount Defiance experience; and the Carillon Battlefield hiking trail. 

A 10% general admissions discount will be given to active duty military members with proof of service for this special weekend-long event.

Near the outset of the American Revolution, Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British troops garrisoned there. They used it as a staging area for capture of Fort Crown Point further north on Lake Champlain and another British fort on Lake George. Cannon captured at Fort Ticonderoga were sent to Patriots in Boston who used them to retake the city from the British occupiers.

Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga is a historic site, museum, center of learning and major cultural destination. Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year on site with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is owned and operated by The Fort Ticonderoga Association, a non-profit educational organization which serves its mission to preserve, educate and provoke an active discussion about the past and its importance to present and future generations. 

Fort Ticonderoga reaches more than 30 million people through its digital outreach each year through its Center for Digital History.

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