The Fort William Henry Museum on the southern shore of Lake George has opened for the season and has introduced a brand-new Augmented Reality (AR) exhibit inside the North Barracks.
Fort William Henry was a British fort. Construction was ordered by Sir William Johnson in September 1755, during the French and Indian War, as a staging ground for attacks against the French position at Fort St. Frédéric at Crown Point on Lake Champlain.
It was part of a chain of British and French forts along the important inland waterway from the city of New York to Montreal, and occupied a key forward location on the frontier between New York and New France. In 1757, French general Louis-Joseph de Montcalm conducted a successful siege that forced the British to surrender.
Fort William Henry offers daily soldier’s life programs, weapon demonstrations, outdoor activities for all, and numerous special events.
Current tours available:
- Daytime Living History Tours – Step back in time with 18th-century guides and experience life at a British fort in 1755. Watch live musket and cannon firings, play 18th Century games, and join the King’s Army. Talk with British Regulars, Provincial Troops, and Rangers to learn more about this exciting time in Colonial America.
- Weekend Haunted History Tours – Fort William Henry’s surrounding area has been the scene of countless battles, diseases, and a harsh climate. Hear tales handed down over the years and the personal experiences of guides leading the tour.
The new AR experience, created by Frameless Technologies, puts the viewer directly into the siege of Fort William Henry. It features a bird’s eye view of The Fort, the Entrenched Camp, and the French siegeworks firing at The Fort itself. Viewers can manipulate the AR by moving their phones to explore more of the surrounding area. The stylized AR image reflects one day of the siege, August 8th, 1757. Instructions on downloading the app and viewing the AR are available on-site at the Museum.
Fort William Henry will be open for visitation daily through October 30th, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Tickets can be purchased online or the day of at the Admission Booth.
For more information, visit the Fort William Henry website.
Photo of Fort William Henry Hotel provided.