The staff of the Crown Point State Historic Site readies for its 2013 season. The historic site museum, located on the New York State end of the Lake Champlain Bridge in Crown Point, will open Saturday May 11.
The Crown Point State Historic Site museum will celebrate an anniversary when it opens for the 2013 season.
The historic site museum, located on the New York State end of the Lake Champlain Bridge in Crown Point, will open Saturday May 11.
That day is the 238th anniversary of the Revolutionary War capture of the British-held fort ruins at Crown Point by the Green Mountain Boys, led by Capt. Seth Warner. In taking Crown Point, the American rebels liberated 111 cannon, more than captured at Ticonderoga on the previous day.
The museum will be open 9:30 a.m. to 45 p.m. Thursday through Monday. It is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Admission to handicap-accessible museum is $4 for adults and $3 for senior citizens.
“Guests view the dazzling ‘Eye of the Storm: Crown Point’s Role in the Struggle for North America’ audio-visual show and then enjoy the ‘Raids, Redoubts, Redcoats, and Ruins’ exhibition in the museum galleries, both recent installations,” said Tom Hughes, site manager. “After the museum experience, interested guests are led by a trained history interpreter through the ruins of French-built Fort St. Frédéric (1734-59) and the ruins of Crown Point’s vast British fort (1759-73).”
Some staff members are fluent in French to assist the site’s visitors from eastern Canada.
The museum also sells books, postcards, a variety of souvenirs and shirts.
The Crown Point State Historic Site is located adjacent to other popular destinations. The Lake Champlain Bridge, when opened in 2011, offers sidewalks with views of the lake. A state campsite boasts the Champlain Memorial lighthouse and pier at Crown Point Reservation. The Lake Champlain Visitors’ Center offers exhibits on the 1929-2009 Lake Champlain Bridge. Across the bridge is the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vt.
Through May 18 the Crown Point State Historic Site will host a bird banding station. Since 1976 13,442 birds of 97 species have been banded.
The bird banding station was established by J.M.C. “Mike” Peterson. The banding is led this year by licensed master bander Gordon E. Howard, a professor in the department of parks, recreation and tourism management at Clemson University in South Carolina. The bird banding station operates under a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with the cooperation of Crown Point State Historic Site.
The site will also take part in some special events.
Crown Point Historic Site employees will participate in the town of Crown Point’s Memorial Day Parade, which this year celebrates the town’s 225th anniversary.
The site will also host its annual “French and Indian War Encampment at Crown Point” Aug. 10-11.
“Other public events are also being planned, some co-sponsored by the non-profit Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site,” Hughes said. “The site offers a spacious covered pavilion with a lake view for guests interested in picnicking or grilling.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 179 state parks and 35 historic sites, including the Crown Point State Historic Site. For more information about the agency, call 474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com.
Crown Point State Historic Site is administered for the agency by the Saratoga – Capital District region.
For information on the Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site go online at www.friendsofcrownpoint.org.