Immerse yourself in a place where America made history! In 2018, Fort Ticonderoga will embark on the portrayal of 1781, an often forgotten year in this site’s history. Whether you are planning a family trip, a field trip, an afternoon by yourself, a scout outing, or a bus tour, Fort Ticonderoga is a must-see destination, a center of learning, and an interactive, multi-faceted experience. It’s exploring the beautiful gardens, finding adventure in our events, marching with the Fife and Drum Corps, a narrated boat tour aboard the Carillon, and learning about a historic trade. It’s a visit through the reconstructed fort, a stroll overlooking Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont, and an afternoon in our exhibit galleries exploring our premier collections. Fort Ticonderoga is the one place in America that tells the complex international story of the origins of the nation’s military and its role in the founding of the United States.
Background information: Long after the battle of Saratoga, the Lake Champlain corridor remained strategically important. The British fleet, which dominated the lake by the end of 1777, remained on the lake through the remainder of the war leading raids and amphibious operations all along this waterway. Pushing south in 1781, the Royal Navy and British soldiers from the army in Canada anchored and encamped at Ticonderoga, holding this strategic strait as raids continued southward. Fort Ticonderoga will focus of the sailors of the Royal Navy and the soldiers of the 29th Foot who worked closely together to exert British power and politics along this ancient water warpath.