What to do at one of upstate New York’s most famous historic sites
Fort Ticonderoga is worth a visit as one of New York’s most famous war monuments, and there is plenty to do there and around.
There is a lot to see and do in upstate New York. One of the most historic places is Fort Ticonderoga which played an important role in the French and Indian wars and the War of Independence. It is a large 18th century starred fort located at the southern end of Lake Champlain. To see the impressive Historic Virginia Triangle and why it must be visited, click here.
Although this is one of the main attractions of this sleepy city, there are other attractions. These attractions include the stunning beaches of the Adirondacks (and its many ghost towns) and the unlikely Star Trek Orginal Series TV. The TV has been meticulously recreated using the original blueprints used to create the first state sets.
The history of Fort Ticonderoga
Fort Ticonderoga was first built by the French during the period of rivalry between the French and English colonies in North America. The Seven Years’ War in Europe also spilled over into America, resulting in the French and Indian War. Despite the earlier successes of the French, the British managed to capture the fort during the war.
- Wars: French and Indian wars and the war of independence
At the start of the Revolutionary War, the British controlled the fort, but it was captured by colonial forces in 1775 in a surprise attack. Guns from the fort were then taken to relieve the British siege of Boston. Later in the war, the British were able to retake the fort. But they soon abandoned him after their defeats at Saratoga. After that, it lost its military value and fell into disrepair.
The fort was in a strategic location – well placed to control the trade routes between the British-controlled Hudson River Valley and the French-controlled St. Lawrence River Valley. The defense of the fort is amplified by the surrounding terrain.
- Name: “Ticonderoga” comes from the Iroquois word which means “it is the junction of two waterways”
Today Fort Ticonderoga is privately owned and the fort has been restored. There are many events going on at the fort and it’s a great way to learn more about American history.
- Hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Last entry at 4:30 p.m.) Until October 31
- Adult: Cost $ 24.00
- Child: Cost $ 12.00
The foundation that manages the fort and tourist attractions today declared:
“Hailed as North America’s premier living history program, Fort Ticonderoga Museum staff bring history to life every day! Ticonderoga’s epic story and signature stories are brought to the fore through innovative large-scale storytelling, historic trades, daily life programs for soldiers, thrilling weapon demonstrations, and gripping special events. “
To have a superb bird’s eye view of the fort, you have to climb Mount Defiance. Mount Defiance is privately owned and admission is included with the general admission ticket. It’s a great place to enjoy some of America’s most historic scenery and is perfect for a picnic.
- Advice: Buy the ticket that includes a boat trip on Lake Champlain
One of the other experiences offered here is the boat cruise. Enjoy breathtaking views of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondacks on this cruise. During this cruise, you will discover the maritime and military heritage of Lake Champlain with an expert narrator on board. With the sonar readings, we will also be able to see the underwater wrecks posed at the bottom of the lake.
- Duration: 75 minutes
- Boat: The Carillon (The old name of the fort)
- Food on board: There are beer, soft drinks, water, wine, and snacks on board the cruise
Other attractions in and around Ticonderoga
The town of Ticonderoga is just a small town – or village – of only about 5,000 people. Although the town of Ticonderoga is best known for its historic fort, it is also beautifully situated on the border with Vermont for exploring the magnificent Green Mountains and the Adirondacks.
The Adirondacks are both a beautiful wonderland of forests and mountains, and a strange and spooky region of ghost towns. Click here for more information on the strangeness of this region with its many abandoned resorts and hotels.
- Star Trek: Home of a real and detailed replica of the TV from the original Star Trek series
For all Trekkies there is another unique attraction for this region. This is the unlikely home of a completely rebuilt Replica of the TV from the original Star Trek series. These set replicas are fully licensed with extraordinary attention to detail. Travel 200 years ahead in time with the awe-inspiring but cheesy vision of the ’60s future. Discover a full future with a super advanced ship controlled by levers and distribution boards (and no monitors – except for a screen”).
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