Fort Ticonderoga will host a living history event highlighting the lives of Massachusetts provincial soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga in 1759. It will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort Ticonderoga will host a living history event highlighting the lives of Massachusetts provincial soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga in 1759.
It will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 a person. Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and children 4 years old and younger are free.
“Guests will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with costumed interpretive staff as they portray American Provincial soldiers facing the challenges of daily life as a soldier at Ticonderoga during the French and Indian War,” Beth Hill Fort Ti president and CEO, said. “The weekend-long event will include special tours highlighting General Amherst’s army and the campaign of 1759. Interactive programs will feature soldier’s life activities including cooking, carpentry, tailoring, shoemaking, and maintenance of weapons. A guest favorite, Fort Ticonderoga’s highly acclaimed musket demonstration, will be offered several times throughout the weekend and will demonstrate how provincial soldiers, using an array of British army muskets, civilian fowlers, and captured French fusils, used their firelocks.”
A video preview of the event is available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRKrTORTA7E&list=UUpIuw_Wl6uJgrvo6797Ekjg&feature=c4-overview
The fort’s winter programs were recently featured in “Travel and Leisure” magazine’s “America’s Best Winter Rides.”
“Fort Ticonderoga’s winter programs offer guests an intimate historic experience at one of America’s most beautiful and historically significant locations,” Hill said. “During these winter programs guests are immersed in specific moments in our remarkable past, interact with talented staff that bring the fort’s history to life in dramatic new ways, and will truly feel the power of the site in the midst of the quiet and rugged winter beauty at Ticonderoga.”
Each day of the living history event will include guided tours of the fort at 10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. along with musket demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
“All the Workmen and Labourers” will be presented each day at 11:30 a.m. at the American flag. Visitors will march out to meet the provincial soldiers at work in the woods felling trees for firewood and to repair the walls of the newly christened Fort Ticonderoga. Hiking boots and winter clothing are recommended.
1“An Encouragement to the Soldiers who shall proceed in this Year’s Campaign” will be held each day at 12:30 p.m. in the Mars Education Center. It will explore how Massachusetts provincial soldiers were raised and supplied for the campaign, including how soldiers were recruited, and the role of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Several programs and exhibits will also be available throughout the weekend.
The Tailor and Shoe Shop on the second floor of the Officers Barracks will demonstrate the skills of a shoemaker and tailor in the army.
The Soldier’s Quarters on the ground floor of the Officers Barracks will display the quarters provincial soldiers could cobble together inside the heavily damaged and captured French fort.
A Soldier’s Life, held on the fort parade ground, will allow visitors to stand with American soldiers, wrapped in their lapelled coats and leggings, as they undertake their daily duties.
The exhibit “It Would Make a Heart of Stone Melt” will be available on the ground floor of the Soldiers Barracks. It examines wounds, disease, injury and the treatment of these ailments for soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution.
The exhibit “Pork, Pigeon & Pottery” will also be available on the ground floor of the Soldiers Barracks. In this exhibit of original artifacts recovered from the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga, explore the meals of soldiers and officers who served inside this “Old French Fort.”
For more details visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 585-2821.