TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga will open for its 100th year Thursday, May 21, just as Memorial Day weekend officially begins the summer season.
The annual fort Memorial Day ceremony will take place on Monday, May 25, with the Fort Ticonderoga Fife & Drum Corps leading a procession to the American Cemetery for a wreath-laying. The procession begins at 11 a.m. on the parade ground inside the fort. Fort staff will read and recite historical passages at the New York State marker.
The pastoral site overlooking Lake Champlain contains the remains of several hundred Americans who died between 1775 and 1777. Most were from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania militias who held the British at bay.
A separate stone marks the grave of Isaac Rice, hermit and local legend, who lived in the remains of the fort and died in 1852.
Two other markers show where the remains of 20 soldiers found in the area during road construction were reinterred and the final resting place of a French soldier whose remains were found inside the fort during restoration.
Memorial Day is the first event in a full schedule at Fort Ticonderoga that will include a new Scottish Festival on June 20 and a joint Quad & Centennial Celebration on July 25.
The popular reenactments of the French & Indian War and the American Revolution remain on their regular weekends at the end of June and the second weekend in September, respectively.
The King's Garden will offer a number "Hands on Horticulture" programs throughout the season.
A schedule of events for the fort and the King's Garden can be found at www.FortTiconderoga.org.
The King's Garden will reopen on June 1.
Fort Ti will be open 9:30 to 5 daily.
Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit private site and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.