Historic. Beautiful. Mighty. Those are just some words people use to describe Fort Ticonderoga in Ticonderoga, New York. (A bit redundant, anyone?)
The French military began constructing Fort Carillon (pronounced “carry on”) in 1755 to guard Lake George and Lake Champlain. In 1759, during the French and Indian War, the British captured the fort and renamed it Ticonderoga. With the outbreak of the American Revolution, Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold led their militia, the Green Mountain Boys, on a surprise raid the early morning of May 10, 1775. The Americans used the fort throughout the war.
Nowadays, the Fort is a non-profit organization and is a bit more museum-y than a fort. Now, I don’t mean a formal, walk-through, boring-type museum. Fort Ticonderoga is “alive,” featuring Living History, such as musket firing demonstrations (pictured) and other reenactments; Bullets & Blades, showing weapons used at the Fort; It Would Make a Heart of Stone Melt, about injuries, sickness, and treatment; Pottery, Pork, and Pigeon, explaining and comparing British, French, and American rations and displaying dishes; and Founding Fashion, displaying 18th-century military attire. Outside, you can make your way through the Heroic Corn Maze or admire the King’s Garden. Of course, you can explore the soldier’s barracks and might even find a smith working away.
The fort closed on November 2, 2014 and reopens May 9, 2014.
For more information, or to make a donation, go to: http://www.fortticonderoga.org/
Pictures by Jacob C. Weinstein