Originally constructed in the 18th century, the north stone demi-lune was used to defend Fort Ticonderoga against invaders and was part of the fort’s outer defenses that Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold saw as they crossed Lake Champlain on their journey to capture the fort in May of 1775 securing America’s first victory in the American Revolution.
Fort Ticonderoga has been awarded a Save America’s Treasures Grant of $465,000 to be utilized in the restoration of the north demi-lune. The grant project is expected to include the preparation of contract documents for the repairs that will conform to all necessary historic preservation standards.
The restoration work itself is expected to prevent further wall movement and deterioration by using modern preservation methods that will safely stabilize this national treasure while preserving its historic integrity. Assessment and planning work is underway with engineers and preservation architects. It is anticipated that the restoration work will begin later this spring. Upon completion, this restoration project will allow visitors to safely access the north demi-lune.
From the vantage of the demi-lunes, visitors have views of the Ticonderoga peninsula, Lake Champlain, Mount Defiance, Mount Independence and the Green Mountains of Vermont and can gain perspective on why Ticonderoga was so strategic to the 18th-century world. Public and school tour groups will utilize the space for educational programs as new generations of museum goers are introduced to Fort Ticonderoga’s remarkable story.
A public Zoom meeting is set for Tuesday, March 16th at 1 pm to present the project and solicit input before the restoration work begins. For more information or to register for the meeting, visit Fort Ticonderoga’s website, call (518) 585-2821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of Fort Ticonderoga’s north demi-lune provided.