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French and Indian War re-enactment in Lake George this weekend

August 15, 2013
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE GEORGE - Re-enactors from throughout the Northeast will come here this weekend to take part in activities sponsored by the Fort William Henry Museum and Restoration, and the French and Indian War Society.

Most of the events are free to the public, except the 18th Century Colonial Dinner/Dance on Saturday night, which costs $15 per person.

The events kick off on Thursday with a lecture at 7 p.m. at the Fort William Henry Conference Center. Tom Shanahan will be the speaker for "War of 1812: Uncle Sam's First War."

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Men re-enact a French and Indian War march in Lake George.
(Photo provided)

Most of the camps will be set up at Battlefield Park as well as on the grounds of the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center. Battle re-enactments will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Drills and skirmishes will take place at 11 a.m. on both of those days.

Fort William Henry was built by the British during the French and Indian War (1754-1763) as an outpost to secure its colonies' northern border against the French. In 1757, French forces under the Marquis de Montcalm moved south from their base at Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) and lay siege to the fort. After six days of fighting, during which the fort's cannons and mortar burst from overuse, and with little chance of reinforcements from Fort Edward, Lt. Col. Monrowas was forced to surrender to Montcalm.

For more information, call 518-964-6626.

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Schedule

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Thursday

-Lecture: "War of 1812: Uncle Sam's First War," by Tom Shanahan, 7 p.m. Fort William Henry Conference Center, Canada Street, free, refreshments

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Friday

-Scottish Night, music by Elgin Pipe Band (bagpipes and drums), 7:30 p.m., Fort William Henry Hotel lakeside lawn, free, cash bar

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Saturday

-French and Indian War encampment, Lake George Battlefield Park, open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., skirmish 11 a.m., battle re-enactment 2 p.m.

-18th Century Colonial Dinner/Dance, music by Courtly Music Unlimited and Elgin Pipe Band, 7 p.m., Fort William Henry museum (reservation required, seating very limited, $15 per person)

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Sunday

-French and Indian War encampment, Lake George Battlefield Park, open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., skirmish 11 a.m., battle re-enactment 2 p.m.

 
 

 

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