CROWNPOINT-Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site will hold its annual meeting Saturday, May 7.
The gathering will be at 10 a.m. at the historic site museum, located at the base of the Lake Champlain Bridge that is now under construction.
Members will nominate officers as part of the annual business meeting. The meeting, and the group, is open to all interested people.
During the annual meeting members will review job descriptions of volunteer friends leaders, hear a report from the nominations committee and elect officers to lead the group in working toward this year's goals and priorities.
The friends group, working closely with site management, provides an extra measure of support for the benefit of the site's mission to preserve its history and to serve the visiting public. Paid members are eligible both to vote at the annual business meeting and also to hold office on the board of trustees.
"The declared purposes of this group are to support the improvement and development of the site; to conduct educational programs, services, and activities in keeping with the nature of the site; to assist in fund raising activities so that objects, equipment, and supplies may be purchased for the site; and to promote, conserve, develop, and interpret the site for the benefit of the public and posterity," explained Tom Hughes, Crown Point Historic Site manager.
"Among others, the reasons that people join friends groups include to have fun, to keep active, to meet people, to be a good neighbor, to gain skills and experience, to make a difference by helping others and to put talents or skills to good use," he added. "History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike enjoy Crown Point."
The Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site became a founding member of the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce this year and has also joined the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.
Crown Point occupies a key location, both geographically and historically, Hughes said. Before the 1730s, Woodland Indians camped on the peninsula. In 1734, the French military built an impressive stronghold here, Fort St. Fr d ric, with its tall limestone tower and its fortified windmill. A quarter-century later, when the British arrived, they built a larger fortress at Crown Point, starting in 1759. The limestone ruins of both the French-built fort and of the earthen walls and stone barracks of the British fort have remained largely unchanged since a devastating fire burned the British fort in April 1773, two years before the start of the War for American Independence. Crown Point State Historic Site encompasses two registered national historic landmarks and is operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
The site is located beside the north end of Bridge Road / Route 185.