History will come alive at the Crown Point State Historic Site during 15th annual French and Indian War encampment Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12.
History will come alive at the Crown Point State Historic Site during the 15th annual French and Indian War encampment Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12.
“Guests to the camp will be able to see, hear, walk among and interact with the many volunteers who will spend the weekend portraying the various people of Crown Point’s past,” said Tom Hughes, Crown Point Historic Site manager. “Visitors will want to bring a camera.”
“Tactical weapons demonstrations” will take place between at 2 p.m. each day. They will be narrated by historian Paul Loding, a trustee of the Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site.
A wedding drama will be presented at 3 p.m. Saturday, giving insight into the plight of wives living at forts in the 1700s.
Sutlers — merchants — will show and sell their replica 18th century wares throughout the weekend. Crown Point Bread Company will sell locally-baked gourmet goods inside a tent beside a replica bake oven.
The site’s air conditioned museum, with its high-definition audio-visual show and interactive exhibits, will be open. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.
This year there will also be British naval landings.
“Living history enactors enjoy participating in events at Crown Point,” Hughes said. “Crown Point offers a unique backdrop for this lively event, both geographically and historically. Before the 1730s, Woodland Indians camped on the peninsula. In 1734, the French military built an impressive stronghold here, Fort St. Frédéric, with its tall limestone tower and even a fortified and wind-powered grist mill.
“A quarter-century later, when the British arrived, they added an even larger fortress at Crown Point,” he added. “The limestone ruins of both the French-built fort and of the earthen walls and stone barracks of the British fort, located on a point of land that juts into Lake Champlain, still offer an inspiring location that has remained largely unchanged since a devastating fire burned the British fort in 1773, only two years before the start of the War for American Independence.”
The ruins are among the very few remaining examples of pre-Revolutionary military construction in the United States and both fort ruins have been individually designated as National Historic Landmarks by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
“According to experts, the ‘Crown Point fort, in its ruined but unaltered state, is probably the finest existing architectural and archeological specimen of a superior example of 18th century military engineering anywhere in the United States,’” Hughes said.
For more information about the site, the event or about Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site contact Hughes at 597-4666, visit the museum or go online at www.nysparks.com.