Fort Ticonderoga Opens to Visitors on May 1st
Ticonderoga, N.Y. – Fort Ticonderoga opens its gates to visitors on May 1st to begin the 2021 daily campaign season which extends from May through October. Daily programs bring to life epic chapters of history and signature stories through new interactive programs and world-class museum exhibits, boat tours aboard the Carillon, living history events, special programs, lush gardens, Mount Defiance tours, hands-on family activities, hiking trails, and more.
Fort Ticonderoga’s virtual programs continue in May with the highly acclaimed Digital Campaign - an exciting virtual experience featuring interactive programming, engaging lectures series, and creative at-home educational activities and resources. Virtual programs will compliment Fort Ticonderoga’s on-site experience, including the May 8-9 living history event No Quarter, which will recreate America’s First Victory of the Revolution, May 10, 1775.
The unique virtual opportunity brings the layers of history and natural beauty into homes across the globe. Fort Ticonderoga staff continue to press forward with their commitment to provide in-person and virtual resources and entertaining programs to engage, inspire, and give context to the world around us.
“Through the Digital Campaign, we are eager for our virtual visitors to enjoy behind-the-scenes information and special insider content,” said Beth L Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President & CEO. “We look forward to inspiring visits and welcoming guests again to Fort Ticonderoga soon and often!”
Saturday, May 8
Virtual Tour of Hand’s Cove
Join Fort Ticonderoga live at Hand’s Cove on the Vermont shore of Lake Champlain. Discover the long road from Cambridge and Hartford to this quiet inlet on the Lake’s shore. See the key landmarks that surrounded this cove as Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, and the Green Mountain Boys made the final decisions and preparations to row for Fort Ticonderoga.
Saturday, May 8
The Green Mountain Boys Land at Willow Point
Watch live the last boat ferrying the Green Mountain Boys land on the New York shore of Lake Champlain. Learn about the key characters in America’s First Victory and the challenges they faced capturing this British-held fort.
Saturday, May 8
View live the beginning moments of America’s first victory as the Green Mountain Boys rush out of the night with a cacophony of savage screams and the war cry of “No Quarter!”
Sunday, May 9
The British Guard Arrives
Timing was everything for British Lieutenant Arthur Wadman as he arrived at Fort Ticonderoga. Join Fort Ticonderoga live and see what happens to these British guards who marched unwittingly into a captured fort.
Sunday, May 9
The Green Mountain Boys Arrive Again
Only 83 of the 220 Green Mountain Boys & all crossed Lake Champlain in time for its capture. See the rest of the Green Mountain Boys land at Ticonderoga, along with the train of supplies to maintain them inside the newly captured fort.
Thursday, May 13
Collections Speed Dating: Alonzo Chappel Painting
It took time for Americans to visualize the capture of Fort Ticonderoga on May 10, 1775. Join Fort Ticonderoga Curator, Dr. Matthew Keagle, to explore a canvas in the museum’s collection that remains one of the most influential, if flawed, reconstructions of this historic event.
Thursday, May 27
From the Ground Up: Locks
What did soldiers and officers use to lock away military stores and their own personal possessions? Learn about the archaeological locks uncovered at Fort Ticonderoga during the early 20th century restoration in this newest episode of From the Ground Up!
Monday, May 31
Memorial Day Salute to the Soldiers
Join Fort Ticonderoga live as we remember the service of the armed forces of the United States on the very grounds where so many American soldiers fought and sacrificed.
As we continue adding to our Digital Campaign, be sure to visit fortticonderoga.org and our social media accounts for more exciting live videos, on-site special events, lectures series, and educational at-home activities that bring history to life!
Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Defiance will be open for daily visitation Tuesday-Sunday May 1-October 31, 2021 from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm (last ticket sold at 4:30 pm). Tickets are encouraged to be purchased online in advance by visiting www.fortticonderoga.org.
About Fort Ticonderoga:
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers on-site and virtual programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Photo: Fort Ticonderoga’s May Virtual Offerings Compliment Exciting On-Site Experiences. Gates open on May 1st for 2021 visitation season!
For Further Information, Contact:
Beth Hill - 518-586-1708