Fort Ticonderoga is set to open for the season Saturday, May 4. Attendees can experience the power of artillery and crackle of muskets through daily weapons demonstrations and explore programs, new exhibits, gardens, historic trades, and other family adventures across the 2000-acre scenic historic property.
This year, Fort Ticonderoga debuts a new chapter in its story. Explore the French Army’s defense against the British invasion, which climaxed in the 1758 epic Battle of Carillon as both empires fight for control of North America.
Daily programs bring to life chapters of history and signature stories through new interactive programs and world-class museum exhibits, boat tours aboard the Carillon, living history events, special programs, lush gardens, Mount Defiance tours, hands-on family activities, hiking trails, and more.
2019 Highlights Include:
• The French Are Coming: The war for North America is raging between the French and British Empires. Fort Carillon (later named Ticonderoga) is hotly contested. March with soldiers as they prepare for battle and explore the new exhibition 1758: Decision at Carillon.
•Carillon Boat Cruise: Enjoy gorgeous, sweeping vistas of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondack Mountains during a 75-minute narrated boat tour. Regional beer and wine are available for purchase onboard.
• New Interactive Family Program: In July and August, participate in an active new family program Voyage New France: A Family Adventure and help soldiers with their daily duties. Receive awards for completing the tasks. Take a guided tour designed especially for families.
• Lush Historic Gardens and Friendly Animals: Immerse your senses in the colors and scents of a unique American country estate and explore Ticonderoga’s story after the Revolution. Visit the King’s Garden or make memories with your family in a new garden designed especially for children. Discover our heritage breed animals including oxen Mick and Mack and Dominque chickens.
• Breathtaking Views: Visit Mount Defiance to witness a birds-eye view of Fort Ticonderoga’s epic historic landscape. Whether you hike up the mountain in the footsteps of General Burgoyne’s troops or make the easy drive to the top in your car, you’ll savor the spectacular beauty of America’s most historic landscape. Discover how this summit shaped America’s history during the “Mount Defiance: Witness to History,” offered daily at 4 pm.
Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Defiance are open daily from May 4- October 31, 2019 from 9:30 am until 5 pm (last ticket sold at 4:30 pm). For more information about Fort Ticonderoga, visit their website.
Photo of Montcalm’s Cross reenactment by Carl Heilman II.