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Rare French & Indian War Musket Donated to Fort Ticonderoga

April 8th, 2013 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Ticonderoga, NY – Through the keen eye of a museum supporter and generosity of an important donor, a rare British musket that may have seen use at Fort Ticonderoga has recently joined the museum’s collection enabling Fort Ticonderoga to more completely interpret the site’s remarkable history.
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Fort Ticonderoga’s Curator of Collections, Christopher Fox said “The donation of this Wilson musket fills an important and long-standing gap in the collection. It is a type we know was used by troops who served at the Fort. It is also an important reminder of the struggles armies sometimes faced in arming their troops in wartime and the great diversity of arms that found their way into military service as a result.”
Wilson Musket, Fort Ticonderoga Museum Collection.

The Wilson musket will be placed on exhibit this season in the museum’s highly acclaimed exhibit Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution. The exhibit, featuring over 150 weapons, tells the story of the use of military and civilian weapons in America during the 17th and 18th centuries. Fort Ticonderoga’s collection of 18th-century military objects is celebrated as one of the best of its type in the world.

During the French & Indian War, the London gun maker Richard Wilson produced muskets to arm the militias of several American colonies including New York, New Jersey, probably Massachusetts. Though they bear similarities to muskets produced for the British army, the weapons produced by Richard Wilson are not “army” muskets, they are “commercial” or “contract” muskets.” Their brass parts, stocks, and barrels resemble British army guns, but are simpler and lighter overall. Of the estimated 4,000 contract weapons that may have been produced by Wilson, only a handful has survived through today.

The potential connection with Fort Ticonderoga’s history stretches back to the British army’s planned invasion of Canada and the disastrous attack on the French lines on July 8, 1758. As British General James Abercromby was preparing his 17,000-man army, he had considerable difficulty obtaining enough weapons to arm his troops. Among the weapons he was eventually able to acquire were 1,000 muskets owned by the City of New York. These weapons had originally been purchased by the city from Richard Wilson in 1755. While it is not known with absolute certainty, it is thought that at least some of those weapons were issued to New York Provincial troops. Many of those troops took part in the battle before the French lines on July 8. It is known, however, that many of Wilson’s muskets were used at Ticonderoga as numerous brass pieces of these guns have been recovered on the site during various periods of reconstruction.

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Fort Ticonderoga Presents “Chocolate Covered History” Symposium

September 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Enjoy a Spirited Weekend of Chocolate and History Oct. 12-13!

Experience the irresistible aroma and flavor of the past in a weekend-long celebration of chocolate, wine, and spirits, October 12-13 at Fort Ticonderoga’s “Chocolate Covered History” Symposium. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the origins of chocolate and its role in the 18th century military history of Fort Ticonderoga. The weekend event combines wines, spirits, chocolate, and history and includes a Veuve Clicquot Champagne and dessert reception, full day symposium, and gala dinner. “Chocolate Covered History” is designed for lovers of food, wine and spirits, chocolate and history! To learn more about this must-experience (and must-taste!) event visit Chocolate Covered History Symposium or call 518-585-2821.

Chocolate and SpiritsThe day-long symposium includes presentations on the role chocolate played throughout history, including its 18th century use at outposts like Fort Ticonderoga. Breakout sessions will provide opportunities to taste various foods prepared using American Heritage Chocolate, an authentic colonial chocolate recipe made only from ingredients available in the 18th century, made by Mars Chocolate.

“We are excited about this symposium,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President. “Simple pleasures such as the taste of chocolate or wine is not a new-found enjoyment. For centuries people have enjoyed chocolate and various pairings to create drinks, ice cream, and an assortment of other recipes. The goal of ‘Chocolate Covered History’ is to connect our guests with our story through the tastes and aromas of chocolate and find new audiences who learn about their connection to the past.”

Following a Friday evening champagne-dessert reception at The Sagamore Resort, October 12, the symposium will begin on Saturday, October 13, at Fort Ticonderoga with Chocolate in the Americas: Connecting History from the Amazon to New England presented by Rodney Snyder, Chocolate History Research, Director for Mars Chocolate, NA, Mars Incorporated. Christopher Fox, Curator of Collections at Fort Ticonderoga, will present the second session entitled Breakfasting on Chocolate: Chocolate in the Military During the French & Indian War and American Revolution. Afternoon breakout sessions include Wine and Chocolate: Perfect Pairing led by Janine Stowell of Banfi Vintners; Baking with American Heritage Chocolate with Chef Gail Sokol; Tuthilltown Spirits Whiskey Seminar with Ralph Erenzo, Co-Founder of Tuthilltown Spirits; and A Revolution in Chocolate: 18th-Century Energy Drink, led by Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Interpretation, Stuart Lilie.

“Chocolate Covered History” will be topped off with a Saturday evening gala at The Sagamore Resort and will include a cocktail reception and four course meal integrating chocolate into every recipe. Guests will have a once in a life-time opportunity to enjoy dishes such as Native Corn Stew paired with Chocolate Dusted Pine Island Oysters; Preserved Ducking, Pickled Fall Vegetables, Dandelion Greens with Chocolate Huckleberry Conserve; and Lavender and Knotweed Honey Marinated Lamb Chops with Roasted Rutabaga Mash and Chocolate Sassafras Sauce. Rum Spiked Chocolate Cake with Bergamot Tea Infused Pumpkin Custard and Mulled Cider Glaze will complete the meal. Each dish will be paired with appropriate wines to create an unforgettable evening.

Monies raised through the “Chocolate Covered History” symposium and gala will support Fort Ticonderoga’s educational and interpretive programs. Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum whose mission is to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history.

“Chocolate Covered History” is presented in partnership with The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY and American Heritage Chocolate, and Fort Ticonderoga. A variety of symposium event pricing is available including symposium only options as well as package pricing. Guests attending “Chocolate Covered History” will enjoy special hotel rates at The Sagamore. The historic resort commands a stunning view of Lake George, and will be location for the Friday night reception and Saturday evening gala. The Sagamore will provide transportation to the symposium at Fort Ticonderoga on Saturday. For room reservations call The Sagamore at 1-866-385-6221 or 518-644-9400 and ask for the Chocolate Covered History Rates-Fort Ticonderoga (reference code 51U4PO). A limited number of rooms are reserved. Early registration is suggested.

Additional “Chocolate Covered History” sponsors include Amtrak, William Grant & Sons, Banfi Vintners, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, and Tuthilltown Spirits.

FORT TICONDEROGA
America’s Fort
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga’s history. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 18 through October 18. The 2012 season features the Fort’s newest exhibit Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution which highlights over 150 of the museum’s most important weapons and is a comprehensive and expanded reinterpretation of its world renowned historic arms collection! Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Funding for the 2012 season is provided in part by Amtrak. Visit Fort Ticonderoga Directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer! Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

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Experience America’s First Victory at Fort Ticonderoga!

May 10th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

“No Quarter” Re-enactment May 18-20

Ticonderoga, NY – Fort Ticonderoga kicks off the 2012 season May 18 with its “No Quarter” event recreating the capture of Fort Ticonderoga on May 10, 1775. In this weekend-long recreation visitors will experience “America’s First Victory.” Throughout the weekend, visitors will explore this dramatic story from the perspectives of both the British garrison and the Green Mountain Boys and come face-to-face with the historical characters including Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, and Captain Noah Phelps, Connecticut Militia Captain and patriot spy!

Two Camps & Two Perspectives
The “No Quarter” event will feature two camps just as it was historically. The British will be in garrison at Fort Ticonderoga beginning Friday, May 18, and will be part of Fort Ticonderoga’s special school day 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.

Experience America’s First Victory at Fort Ticonderoga’s “No Quarter” Re-enactment May 18-20!Across Lake Champlain, the Green Mountain Boys, Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold will have a temporary camp located on the Town Green in Shoreham, Vermont, and will also offer special Friday school programming organized by Fort Ticonderoga. Saturday morning, the Green Mountain Boys will cook up a hearty meal, pack up their knapsacks, and break down their temporary camp. 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.

The Surprise Attack!
In a special ticketed evening program, visitors can take a front row seat inside the walls of Fort Ticonderoga for the capture of the Fort at 9 pm on Saturday, May 19. Advance tickets are required and space is limited. Fort gates open at 7:30 pm for the Capture of Ticonderoga program where visitors can take a brief tour with one of the Redcoats of the 26th Foot. Put “America’s First Victory” into perspective to know the key characters on both sides of the story. See this 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 the famous and infamous Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold only to have to surrender Fort Ticonderoga.

The Aftermath
Sunday, May 20, visitors can experience the uneasy consequences of “America’s First Victory.” Tour the site with Benedict Arnold as he finds the legendary guns of Ticonderoga, in too poor a shape to send to Washington’s army immediately. 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 must-see living history weekend will take place May 18-20 from 9:30 am – 5 pm. General admission to Fort Ticonderoga, a private non-profit organization, is $17.50 for adults, $14.00 for those 62 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. School reservations are required and group rates are offered. 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 must-see living history weekend event and re-enactment, visit www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821!

FORT TICONDEROGA
America’s Fort
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a private not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga’s history. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 18 through October 18. The 2012 season features the Fort’s newest exhibit Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution which highlights over 150 of the museum’s most important weapons and is a comprehensive and expanded reinterpretation of its world renowned historic arms collection! Visit www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Funding for the 2012 season is provided in part by Amtrak. Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer! Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

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Experience Fort Ticonderoga!

May 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

2012 Season Begins Friday, May 18

Ticonderoga, NY – Fort Ticonderoga opens for the 103rd season on Friday, May 18 and will offer new programs, living history weekends, events, exhibits, gardens, and a six-acre corn maze designed in the shape of the Fort! Visitors will immerse themselves in nearly 2000 acres of exquisite landscape at Fort Ticonderoga and experience the story of how the blood spilled to create an empire in the French and Indian War resulted in the struggle for liberty and America’s independence a generation later.

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Recently recognized as the top destination in the Adirondacks by USA News Travel, Fort Ticonderoga connects all visitors to a place and time that defined a continent, a nation, and its continued legacy.

“Fort Ticonderoga is a family destination and a center of learning. A visit is an interactive, multi-disciplined experience,” said Beth Hill, Executive Director. “It’s exploring the beautiful gardens, finding adventure in our events, marching with the Fife and Drum Corps, and learning about a historic trade. It’s a walk through the restored Fort, a stroll overlooking Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont, and an afternoon in our exhibit galleries exploring our premier collections.”

2012 Highlights:

Benedict Arnold is a hero at Fort Ticonderoga this year! Visitors to Fort Ticonderoga will be immersed in the year 1775 when Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen secured the Fort and America’s first victory of the Revolution. Daily interpretive programs will engage visitors in the “moment” where they can learn to ply an 18th-century trade and thrill at the pageantry of arms as Minute Men become soldiers of the newly formed American army.

Fort Ticonderoga’s newest exhibit Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution will showcase nearly 100 weapons from Fort Ticonderoga’s internationally significant weapons collection including many never-before-seen recent acquisitions exhibited together to illustrate the remarkable beauty and broad diversity of muskets, pistols, swords, and related weaponry used in America and at Ticonderoga through the American Revolution.

The internationally acclaimed exhibit Art of War: Ticonderoga as Experienced through the Eyes of America’s Great Artists continues a second season and brings together for the first time in one highlighted exhibition fifty of the museum’s most important artworks. Fort Ticonderoga helped give birth to the Hudson River School of American Art with Thomas Cole’s pivotal 1826 work, Gelyna, or a View Near Ticonderoga, the museum’s most important 19th-century masterpiece to be featured in the exhibit.

Several new seminars, workshops, and popular author series will be presented this season. New this year, Fort Ticonderoga will highlight Lake Champlain and Lake George in a “Lakes” Conference held August 11-12. Foodies visiting the Adirondacks during peak foliage season will delight in the Chocolate Covered History: A Spirited Weekend of History, Chocolate and Wine and Spirits event, on October 12-13. The Fort’s Author Series begins on June 3 with Author Eliot A. Cohen, author of “Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War.

The beautiful King’s Garden, one of North America’s oldest gardens and the largest public garden in the Adirondack-Lake Champlain region, will open on June 1 and offer daily tours and garden-related programs. The formal garden along with the Discovery Gardens – the Garrison Garden, Children’s Garden, and Three Sisters Garden – offer opportunities to enjoy and learn about plants and explore how agriculture on the Fort Ticonderoga peninsula has changed since French troops planted the first gardens in 1756. A new program entitled Growing up with Gardening: Sow, Grow & Know! will be offered in July and August for children ages three through eight years.

The Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure, the popular Fort family activity, will continue in its second year. Visitors will find clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s history while they explore a six-acre corn maze designed in the shape of Fort Ticonderoga! The corn maze opens August 15 and is included with general admission.

Hours and Admission:
Fort Ticonderoga is open daily from May 18 through October 18, 2012 from 9:30 am until 5 pm. General admission to Fort Ticonderoga, a private non-profit organization, is $17.50 for adults, $14.00 for those 62 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.

Fort Ticonderoga offers more than one hundred exciting and unique events and programs this season! Visit www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Funding for the 2012 season is provided in part by Amtrak. Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer!

FORT TICONDEROGA
America’s Fort
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a private not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga’s history. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 18 through October 18. A full schedule and information on events can be found at www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org or phone (518) 585-2821. Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

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Area Students Advance to New York State History Day Contest

March 13th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Ticonderoga, NY – Seventeen middle and high school students from the North Country won top prizes at North Country History Day on Saturday, March 12, at Fort Ticonderoga’s Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. These students will advance to compete at New York State History Day in Cooperstown on April 23.

Courtney Wilbanks - 1st Prize“What a great day!” said Rich Strum, the Fort’s Director of Education, and also serves as North Country Regional Coordinator for New York State History Day. “Not only was it exciting to see student projects, but it was great to see students from throughout the region sharing with each other their common interest in history and what history can teach us about ourselves. Each and every student participant invested a great deal of time and energy in historical research and creating compelling projects reflecting this year’s them of ‘Revolution, Reform, Reaction in History.’”

A generous gift from Wal-Mart of Ticonderoga helped support the North Country History Day Regional Contest.

Winners in the North Country region include:

  • Jonathan Brassard, Cole Gaddor, Kyle Gifaldi, Megan Maloy, and Dylan Scozzafava, from Moriah Central School, took first place in the Senior Group Website category with their website “The Roman Revolution: Gateway to America.”
  • Taylor Morse, Jordan Pelkey, Emily Sipley, Darcy Smith, and Jamie Vogt, from Peru Middle School, took first place in the Junior Group Documentary category with their documentary “The Kalmar Union.”
  • Courtney Wilbanks, from Beekmantown Middle School, took first place in the Junior Individual Exhibit category with her exhibit “More than Just a Job!”
  • Emily Powers, from Ticonderoga Middle School, took second place in the Junior Individual Exhibit category with her exhibit “The Suffrage Movement: A Fight for Women’s Rights.”
  • Allison LaRock and Alexandria Whitney, from Beekmantown Middle School, took first place in the Junior Group Exhibit category with their exhibit “Titanic Mistakes: Lesson Learned.”
  • Makayla Holt and Amanda Hurlburt, from St. Mary’s School in Ticonderoga, took second place in the Junior Group Exhibit category with their exhibit “The Reform of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.”
  • Nathan Wilhelm, from Edison Home School, took first place in the Junior Individual Website category with his website “How One Person Stirred the Conscience of America.”

National History Day is the nation’s leading program for history education in schools. The program annually engages 2 million people in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. Students research history topics of their choice related to an annual theme and create exhibits, documentaries, performances, research papers, and website designs. They may enter in competition at the regional, state, and national level. Participants include students in grades 6-8 in the Junior Division and grades 9-12 in the Senior Division. National History Day also provides educational services to students and teachers, including a summer internship program, curricular materials, internet resources, and annual teacher workshops and training institutes. Fort Ticonderoga hosts teacher workshops about History Day each fall in the North Country and Regional Coordinator Rich Strum is available to meet with teachers at their schools to introduce the program.

Teachers and students from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Warren counties interested in participating in North Country History Day during the 2012-13 school year should contact Rich Strum, North Country Regional Coordinator for New York State History Day, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or at (518) 585-6370.

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Steamship Ticonderoga

May 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack Life

The Steamship Ticonderoga
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Adirondack Holiday

September 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Destination Marketing

This is amazing stuff. Narrated by Lowell Thomas.

(via The very eclectic EJForbes.com)

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