Fort Ticonderoga has announced their schedule of events for this summer, including new behind-the-scenes programs, offering guests exclusive opportunities to experience the history and natural beauty at Fort Ticonderoga.
Two new featured programs include an inside view of the newly restored 1826 Pavilion. During the Pavilion Tour, attendees will discover exquisite details that examine the evolution of this National Historic Landmark from summer home to hotel, its renovation in 1909, and its most recent complete 9-million-dollar restoration. During the Pavilion Tea, get a taste of high society and enjoy a seasonal menu in the Pavilion’s formal dining room.
Visitors can choose from the following programs and tickets can be purchased online:
· The Gossip Tour, July 13th, July 27th, August 10th, from 6:30 to 8 pm – Go beyond the battles to get the real story of life at Ticonderoga during this adult-only, walking tour with Curator Dr. Matthew Keagle. From high crimes to petty bickering, serving at Ticonderoga was full of drama from 1755 to 1781. This tour involves stairs and moderate walking and is not for young audiences.
· Guns by Night, July 14th, 21st, 28th; August 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th from 8 to 9:30 pm – This 90-minute tour and demonstration of 18th-century firepower features musketry and cannon fire by night. Explore the workings of the firelocks and cannon that armed the many garrisons of Fort Ticonderoga that influenced and shaped the importance of this strategic citadel. Learn how these great guns were used to attack and defend the fort during the French and Indian War and made it such an important prize in the American Revolution.
· Sunset Boat Cruise on Lake Champlain, July 16th, 23rd, 30th; August 5th, 13th from 6:30 to 8 pm; and August 20th and 27th from 6 to 7:30 pm – Revel in the region’s scenic beauty aboard the Carillon, a 1920s-style tour boat. Toast to the King’s health with a complimentary cocktail of soldiers’ rum punch as you discover Ticonderoga’s rich maritime history. A selection of beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, and signature cocktails will be available.
· Beneath Fortress Walls, July 20th and August 3rd from 6:30 8 pm – Learn the history of the building and re-building of Fort Ticonderoga and explore areas off limits to the public. This tour involves stairs and moderate walking.
· Pavilion Tea, July 28th from 1 to 3 pm – This afternoon high tea in the Pavilion features an assortment of locally sourced treats.
· Cannon & Coffee, August 5th and 12th from 8 9:3 0am – Enter Fort Ticonderoga before the public in this new program that explores the world-class collection of 18th century artillery. Spanning the Atlantic Ocean from the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions all the way to the Spanish American War and WWI, learn how historians can read these pieces and discover what they have to tell us about military history. Fresh coffee in a keep-sake Fort Ticonderoga mug included.
· Pavilion Tour, August 24th, September 8th and 22nd, October 13th, from 6:30 to 8 pm – Delve into the details of the newly restored 1826 Pell Pavilion. This 60-minute tour examines the evolution of this National Historic Landmark, from summer home to hotel, its renovation in 1909, and its most recent complete restoration. Explore examples of the museum’s furniture, decorative arts, and archaeological remains from the Pavilion on exhibit for the very first time.
To learn more about Fort Ticonderoga’s evening programing, visit www.fortticonderoga.org. All prices are in addition to Fort Ticonderoga general admission and advanced purchase is required. Space is limited for these special tours and programs.
Photo of restored 1826 Pell Pavilion by Anna Wesolowska.
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