In this weekend-long recreation visitors will experience “America’s First Victory” by exploring this dramatic story from the perspectives of both the British garrison and the Green Mountain Boys, including face-to-face interactions with the historical characters including Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold.
The “No Quarter” event will feature two camps just as it was historically. The British will be in garrison at Fort Ticonderoga beginning Saturday, May 10, and will be part of Fort Ticonderoga’s special living history programming. Throughout the weekend, visitors will be immersed in the daily experiences of the British soldiers and their families such as cooking, laundry, and guard duty. Tours will highlight the moment in time when the 26th Foot was responsible for protecting Fort Ticonderoga, the lonely frontier outpost.
Across Lake Champlain, the Green Mountain Boys, Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold will have a temporary camp located in Shoreham, Vermont. Beginning at noon, these re-enactors will recreate the march down to Lake Chaplain along the original route in 1775. A bateaux will be awaiting them for their journey across the lake to Ticonderoga. Saturday evening, on the New York side of Lake Champlain, these re-enactors will march their way down the shore making their final approach to assault Fort Ticonderoga.
On Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 pm, visitors can take a front row seat inside the walls of Fort Ticonderoga for the capture of the Fort. Advance tickets are required and space is limited. See the remote British garrison surprised asleep with their families in the quarters at 9 pm as they are awakened by the Green Mountain Boys scream of “No Quarter.” Listen as British Lieutenant Jocelyn Feltham and Captain Delaplace try to buy time and reason with this armed mob led by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold only to have to surrender Fort Ticonderoga.
Sunday, May 11, visitors will experience the uneasy consequences of “America’s First Victory.” Tour the site with Benedict Arnold as he finds the legendary guns of Ticonderoga in need of repair before they are to be sent to Washington’s army. Visitors can watch as Benedict Arnold finds himself the butt of the Green Mountain Boys’ well armed mischief. See Captain William Delaplace’s company become the first prisoners of war in what will become a far longer war than anyone expected. Visitors can talk to these soldiers and their families as they try to keep their belongings for their march off to Hartford and captivity. In this final day of the “No Quarter” event, Fort Ticonderoga will explore how the Fort went from a sleepy old British outpost, to the center of a new theatre in the War for Independence.
This living history weekend will take place May 10-11 from 9:30 am – 5 pm. General admission to Fort Ticonderoga, an independent non-profit organization, is $17.50 for adults, $15.00 for those 65 and over; and $8 for children 5 through 12. Children 4 and under are admitted free of charge. Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga Resident Ambassador Pass holders are also admitted free. The daily event is included in the general admission fee. Advanced reservations are required for the special night-time re-enactment of the capture of the Fort. Admission to the evening program is $15 and space is limited.
To learn more about this living history weekend event and re-enactment, visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.
Photo courtesy of Fort Ticonderoga.