On August 9 and 10, 2014, some exciting mid-1700s military activity will take place at the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, as part of the annual Crown Point, NY, annual French & Indian War Encampment. At about 10:30 am both days watch for French and British soldier reenactors to cross the Lake Champlain Bridge or travel by reproduction boats, weather permitting, from New York into Vermont. By 11:00, if conditions allow, they will engage in a military tactical on the lawn and beach south of the Chimney Point tavern building.
Military commands considered Chimney Point, site of the 1731 French fort, and Crown Point, site of the 1734 French fort and 1759 English fort, as one strategic military location. This event for the first time will celebrate both sites and this important international history. Event planners anticipate perhaps a dozen reproduction boats, and hope for good weather so they can beach on the Vermont side. This is one of many events during the August 1-17, 2014 Bridging Champlain: NY-VT Celebration.
Consider watching and photographing the action from the bridge sidewalks or on the grounds at Chimney Point. Then head over to the Crown Point, NY, State Historic Site on the New York end of the bridge to visit the encampment and enjoy the land military tactical.
The event on the grounds at Chimney Point is free. To visit the museum, which will be closed during the morning military tactical, admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children under 15.
The Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison is located at the foot of the new Lake Champlain Bridge, at the end of VT Route 17. It was the site of military installations in 1690, 1731, and during the American Revolution. The tavern building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, houses exhibits interpreting the Native American, French colonial, and early American history of the area. The site is open Wednesday through Sunday and Monday holidays, 9:30 to 5:00, through October 13.
For information on events at New York’s Crown Point State Historic Site, you’re on your own. They don’t send The New York History Blog any event info, despite repeated requests over the years. It’s not much help, but you can view their website here.
Photo provided by Chimney Point State Historic Site.