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Experience New York's Adirondacks - Home to Revolutionary War Sites, Historic Forts Adirondack Region, N.Y. -- Along the lakeshores of the Adirondacks, through the six-million-acre wilderness and into the high refuge of the mountains, history winds like a bridge connecting the region's military past to its peaceful present. This summer, visit the Adirondack Region's historic monuments, restored forts and extraordinary waterways for a unique vacation that both challenges and inspires. Adirondack Military History - Restored Forts and Epic Reenactments Fort Ticonderoga, known as America's Fort, is one of the most significant and oldest military forts in the United States. The scene of two wars and five history making battles, Fort Ticonderoga was a strategic stronghold during the French & Indian War and Revolutionary War. Watch military reenactments, take a traditional craft-making workshop, or explore the many nature walks around the fort. Costumed interpreters act as living history guides, creating a unique experience overlooking scenic Lake Champlain. Nearby, Fort William Henry Museum & Restoration offers "living history" exhibits, historic reenactments and candlelit ghost tours through the fort's dark passages. Step back in time to 1757 when the French invaded the British colonies. Located on the southern end of Lake George, Fort William Henry was immortalized by James Fenimore Cooper in Last of the Mohicans. Crown Point State Historic Site, located just north of Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain, was the site of several skirmishes between the French and British in the mid 1700s. Tour the ruins of the original 18th century structures, as well as the newly renovated museum. Costumed interpreters guide visitors through history, and hiking trails that offer scenic vistas of the lake and fort. Throughout the Adirondacks, heritage events and festivals honor Northern New York's important military and cultural history. This year, the Lake George Region celebrates its bicentennial with community events and history tours. Enjoy old-fashioned barbecues, artisan workshops and concerts through the end of 2013. On August 24, join the Chateauguay Historical Society for a tour of War of 1812 sites near the Quebec Border. Pre-register by August 17 for this free tour and discover five significant historical sites, including an authentic military encampment filled with re-enactors and more. Adirondack Lake Adventures on Historic Waterways Not all historic adventures in the Adirondacks require hiking boots. From the Black River Canoe Trail - a historic waterway in the Adirondacks Tug Hill Region - to the Gilded Age Great Camps along Raquette Lake, discover the Adirondack Region's endless opportunities for adventures by a canoe, kayak or cruise ship. Valcour Island in Lake Champlain, an expansive island crowned by the restored Bluff Point Lighthouse, was once the refuge of Benedict Arnold's naval force during the Revolutionary War. Visitors today can enjoy the island's adventurous past and present with seven miles of hiking trails, beaches and picnic areas, as well as primitive camping that all combine to make the island one of New York State's most unique parks. Home to the largest Great Blue Heron Rookery on the Adirondack Coast, kayak or boat to this scenic adventure spot and gain a new perspective on Adirondack landscape and history. Find more information about historic walking tours, music and lodging packages, at visitadirondacks.com. About the Adirondacks: The Adirondack Region is a six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondacks on Facebook.com/visitadirondacks or Twitter.com/visitadks. Search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at VisitAdirondacks.com.