Fort Ticonderoga Opens for 2012 Season
Fort Ticonderoga opens for its 103rd season on May 18 with new exhibitions, events and programs.
“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 about 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.”
Highlights of the 2012 season include Fort Ticonderoga’s newest exhibit, “Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution.” The exhibition 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.
Last year’s exhibit, “Art of War: Ticonderoga as Experienced through the Eyes of America’s Great Artists,” continues for a second season and brings together for the first time 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.
The 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.
Kicking off the 2012 season is a weekend-long celebration of Ethan Allen’s capture of Fort Ticonderoga from the British in 1775.
Throughout the weekend, visitors will explore this dramatic story from the perspectives of both the British garrison and the Green Mountain Boys and meet such historical characters as Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, and Captain Noah Phelps, Connecticut Militia Captain and patriot spy.
On Saturday, re-enactors based in Vermont will cross Lake Champlain by bateaux to begin the assault on Fort Ticonderoga. As the Americans advance toward the Fort, the British garrison under Captain William Delaplace will go about their daily routines. In a special evening program, visitors can take a front row seat inside the walls of the Fort at 9 pm to watch the re-staging of “America’s First Victory.”
Saturday’s events will include a book signing at the Museum Store by authors participating in the Fort’s annual War College of the Seven Years’ War. The signings will take place from 1 pm to 1:30 pm.
Fort Ticonderoga is open daily through October 18 from 9:30 am until 5 pm. General admission is $17.50 for adults, with discounts for senior citizens and children.