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2012 events at Fort Ticonderoga

May 30, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Visit Fort Ticonderoga where you can experience the place where the clash for empire and struggle for liberty happened. Fort Ticonderoga is America's Fort and one of the most significant and oldest historic sites in North America. It tells the story of how the armies of Great Britain and France struggled to control a continent and where a generation later Americans fought to establish a free nation. Fort Ticonderoga celebrates the defining moments that happened there that changed the course of North America forever.

Today, visitors immerse themselves in the nearly 2,000 acres of exquisite landscape overlooking Lake Champlain and Vermont's Green Mountains. Fort Ticonderoga is located in the scenic Adirondack Park, the largest contiguous park in the United States. Daily programs and special events recreate Fort Ticonderoga's defining story and the roar of cannon and pageantry of arms bring to life the struggle for America! Visitors march to the beat of the Fife & Drum Corp, celebrating seven decades of performing military music that captures the American spirit.

Fort Ticonderoga's museum offers visitors the opportunity to discover the objects that helped shape the nation of North America! Historic weapons, engraved powder horns and everyday objects used by soldiers help tell the story of how history was made at Ticonderoga. Annual special exhibits in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center exhibition gallery highlight rarely seen treasures from the museum's century-old collections.

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Fort Ticonderoga
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From fun hands-on living history programs to Fort Ticonderoga's popular seasonal Heroic Corn Maze; scholarly seminars to garden activities; Fort Ticonderoga offers more than one hundred exciting and unique events and programs each year! Families, history enthusiasts, groups and educators all have unique opportunities to immerse themselves in Fort Ticonderoga's rich history, beautiful landscape and engaging programs.

Visit Fort Ticonderoga this year and experience all it has to offer. For more information, visit

Fact Box

(Special events calendar is subject to change.

Call 518-585-2821 to confirm event dates.)



Adults: $17.50

Seniors: (62 & above) $14

Children: (5-12) $8

Children: (4 & under) Free

Advanced reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Call 518-585-2821 for group rates or visit


May 18: Opening day

May 18-20: Fort Ticonderoga hosts the 17th Annual War College of the Seven Years' War May 18-20 in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center.

May 19-20: Living History Weekend: No Quarter, The 1775 Capture of Fort Ticonderoga Re-enactment. See Captain William Delaplace's small garrison at Fort Ticonderoga, the British Fort rebuilt by General Amherst over a decade earlier. Watch as the Green Mountain Boys lead by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold march down from Shoreham, Vt. to Hand's cove, crossing Lake Champlain for a night assault on this fort as they did in the wee hours of May 10, 1775.

May 19: Pre-Season Plant Sale. Dig to order perennials, plus annuals and vegetables, including heirloom tomatoes. See the first flowers of the season and learn about volunteer opportunities in the King's Garden. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 26: 16th Annual Open Epee Competition, Co-Sponsored by the Middlebury Fencing Club. Rain date of Sunday, May 27.

May 28: Memorial Day Remembrance of the American Soldiers of the Revolutionary War.

Fort Ticonderoga honors and remembers those who died while serving their country, looking all the way back to the country's first veterans. On this holiday of remembrance Fort Ticonderoga presents the life and dangers of service in the new nation's army for independence, specifically those soldiers who defended this frontier post.

June 1: The King's Garden opens for the season. Tour the restored 1920's Colonial Revival King's Garden, the site of the original Fort Garrison Garden. The King's Garden celebrates the Pell family's commitment to preservation and agriculture at Fort Ticonderoga for nearly two centuries. Immerse your senses in the colors and scents of the Discovery Gardens and marvel at sweeping lake vistas and stunning natural beauty of Fort Ticonderoga's landscape!

June 3: Fort Ticonderoga Author Series. Author Eliot A. Cohen, author of "Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War, talks about the importance of the Hudson-Champlain corridor during the contests for control of North America. The program takes place at 2 p.m. in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is included in the cost of admission. A book signing in the museum store follows.

June 16: Scots Day. Commemorate Scottish heritage at Fort Ticonderoga! Come to learn about the role of Scottish soldiers who served in the frontier battles around Ticonderoga as well as Scottish soldiers through history. With bagpipe bands and re-enactors we celebrate Scots heritage, both martial and as part of our national culture.

June 23: Living History Event: Controversy, Conspiracy & Colonial Congresses: Officers vie for command at Ticonderoga. Come see the war inside the new continental army of 1775 as it played out here at Fort Ticonderoga.

July 4: Living History Event: The Soldiers of Independence. On this Independence Day, Fort Ticonderoga looks back to 1775, the year of the revolutionary war before the Declaration of Independence. Come see the Connecticut state soldiers who garrisoned Fort Ticonderoga in 1775, long before a formal declaration of war, or of national independence for 13 united colonies.

July 7-8: Living History Weekend: Battle of Carillon. Come see the French Soldiers who garrisoned Fort Carillon, built and held the great log breastwork of General Montcalm in 1758. See the Fort come alive with French soldiers drilling, training and living on the frontier between New France and New York. See how these soldiers lived on the eve of the epic Battle of Carillon on July 8, 1758.

July 8: Garden Party. Enjoy the King's Garden in its full beauty! Live music, food and good company within the walls of the King's Garden guarantee a magical afternoon. The Garden Party is a benefit to support the preservation and educational programs for the exquisite King's Garden at Fort Ticonderoga. Advanced reservations are required.

July 21-22: Living History Weekend: Defiance and Independence 1777 Capture of Ticonderoga

July 28: Annual Fife and Drum Corps Muster. Fort Ticonderoga's Fife and Drum Corps hosts this annual muster featuring corps from around the northeast. Enjoy the martial music of fifes and drums as we remember the musical aspect of military service during the American Revolution and through the more recent periods of American military history.

July 28: Community Clambake. Join us for an afternoon of food and fun for the whole family at the Fort's annual clambake! Our first clambake, held in 1908, announced the initiative to restore Fort Ticonderoga. Event time 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets required and for more information contact Martha Strum at or by calling 518-585-2821 ext. 226.

July 28: Glens Falls Symphony Concert. Join us for an evening concert at Fort Ticonderoga held by the Glens Falls Symphony.

Aug. 4: Midsummer Gala. Come celebrate Fort Ticonderoga's historic legacy at this gala dinner. Enjoy music, good food, friends and a silent auction.

Aug. 4-5: Living History Weekend: 1759 Relief & Refit

General Amherst's soldiers reconnoiter the newly captured and renamed Fort Ticonderoga, before the majority of this army marches north towards Crown Point. Experience British Army Life in 1759.

Aug. 11-12: First Conference on Lake George and Lake Champlain. New this year! A weekend conference focused on the history, geography, culture, ecology, and current issues related to Lake George and Lake Champlain. Pre-registration is required.

Aug. 15: Fort Ticonderoga's Heroic Maze, "A Corn Maze Adventure, opens for the season today.

Sept. 1-2: Living History Weekend: Onward to Canada - Reinforcements head north to join the attack on St. John. See the soldiers of Colonel Warner's Regiment of the Green Mountain Boys as they prepare themselves materially and physically to join the Continental Army's new Northern Department in its invasion of Canada.

Sept. 9: Fort Ticonderoga Author Series. Author Douglas R. Cubbison, author of "Profession & honour is all that remains." The program takes place at 2 p.m. in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center and is included in the cost of admission. A book signing in the museum store follows.

Sept. 8-9: Living History Weekend: British 1777 Campaign March at Fort Ticonderoga. See the elite advanced guard soldiers of General Burgoyne's Army as they march into Fort Ticonderoga to rest and refit. These veterans of two northern campaigns continue training in a brief pause away from their scouting duties at the front.

Sept. 21-23: 9th Annual Fort Ticonderoga Seminar on the American Revolution. This weekend seminar focuses on the military, political, and social history of the American War for Independence.

Sept. 22: Annual 5K Footrace

This event benefits the Duane Crammond Memorial Scholarship Fund. Please visit for more information.

Sept. 29: Heritage Harvest and Horse Festival. While famous for the climactic battles of the 18th century, Fort Ticonderoga celebrates the 19th century history and rural heritage of the Lake Champlain Valley.

Oct. 8: The King's Garden closes for the season.

Oct. 12-13: Chocolate Covered History. Enjoyed as the original energy drink by colonial soldiers at Ticonderoga and now the world's most popular candy, the history of chocolate might surprise you.

Oct. 14: The Corn Maze closes for the 2012 season.

Oct. 18: Fort Ticonderoga closes for the season.

Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27: Flashlight Nights at Fort Ticonderoga. Discover our layers of history at night in the Fort, on the landscape and in the maze! Join us for a family-friendly fall evening and explore the fort after dark. Hear the story of Fort Ticonderoga inside the stone walls and then use your flashlight to guide you to the Heroic Corn Maze where a multitude of twists and turns through acres of corn stalks await.



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