TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga will host its annual French and Indian War encampment June 27 and 28.
More than 800 men, women and children will be at Fort Ticonderoga recreating three 18th century military encampments - British, French and Native American.
In addition to daily domestic skills visitors will be able to see the re-enactors demonstrating musket and artillery use, blacksmithing, woodworking and the use of the chocolate ration. Dozens of sutlers will also be on hand selling a huge variety of 18th-century goods including clothing, ironware, pottery and all sorts of military gadgets.
Both Saturday and Sunday the battle will be re-enacted on the south field at 2 p.m.
The weekend gathering will also feature an actor and an author with French & Indian War related topics to share.
Appearing on Friday evening will be actor Howard Burnham in "The Honour of Arms and the Good of the Country: Lord Amherst Memorializes," a one-man presentation as Lord Jeffrey Amherst. The show is at 7:30 p.m. in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. Tickets are available at the door, priced at $10 ($8 for members of the Friends of Fort).
John F. Ross is the author of War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier. He will discuss his book Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Mars Education Center. His talk is included in the cost of admission and a book signing will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the Museum Store.
Fort Ticonderoga and The King's Garden have a full schedule of events and daily programs for children, adults and families during the encampment.
For information go online at www.FortTiconderoga. org
Fort Ticonderoga got its name 250 years ago when the British forces under General Jeffrey Amherst finished the job begun in 1758 by Major General James Abercrombie. They easily capture the French Fort Carillon and rename it with the native word meaning "land between the waters."
The previous year had seen the rout of over 16,000 British, Provincial and Natives by a French army a fourth the size commanded by the Marquis de Montcalm. The hastily built abatis and log wall the French threw across the peninsula stopped all but a few resulting in the bloodiest day on the continent until Antietam during the Civil War.
A year later the French fort was poorly manned and suffered from lack of supplies as it was the furthest military post from Montreal. Already determined to leave nothing useful for their attackers, the French troops evacuated the fort, blowing up the powder magazine and warehouse. The British took over a badly-damaged outpost and held it for another 16 years.
After a 10-year effort, which included three of archeological site-work, the magasin du Roi, has been authentically rebuilt and now houses a modern museum, education and meeting spaces.