The Hancock House, home of the Ticonderoga Historical Society, was dedicated in 1926. New York Heritage Weekend will be observed at the Hancock House May 19.
New York Heritage Weekend will be observed in Ticonderoga.
The Ticonderoga Historical Society will mark the event during an open house reception Saturday, May 19, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hancock House. Admission is free and discounts will be given on select items in the gift shop.
New York Heritage Weekend is a statewide event highlighting heritage and cultural destinations throughout the state.
“In our region, many of these organizations are seasonal, have not yet opened and are therefore not participants,” June Curtis, Ticonderoga Historical Society trustee, said. “The Hancock House, home of the Ticonderoga Historical Society, is open all year long and therefore is uniquely positioned to participate just as it has since the inaugural year in 2010.
“The society has chosen to coordinate their spring open house with Heritage Weekend as a kick-off to the busy spring and summer seasons ahead,” she said.
This year’s themes at the Hancock House are the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the 150th Anniversary of the War Between the States; the Battle of Plattsburgh, War of 1812; and the Quarter-Millennial Celebration, Ticonderoga’s own 250th anniversary of its settlement in 1764.
“One of the newest exhibits highlights the work of the early surveyors and their mapping skills,” Curtis said.
Ticonderoga Arts, located downstairs in the meeting room at the Hancock House, will host a gallery preview during New York Heritage Weekend. The official Ticonderoga Arts grand opening will be in June.
“Please make the Hancock House part of your weekend activity as we welcome spring and look forward to greeting visitors, new and old alike, during the summer ahead,” Curtis said.
The Hancock House, museum and research library, is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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The Hancock House was a gift to The New York State Historical Association from native son and philanthropist Horace Moses.
Located at the Liberty Monument at the intersection of Wicker and Montcalm streets, it is home to several exhibits highlighting community history.
Moses built the house as a repository for the purpose of perpetuating “American Traditions in History and the Fine Arts,” and it served in this capacity for many years as the NYSHA “Headquarters House,” although it can no longer claim this title. The Georgian mansion is a replica of Thomas Hancock’s (uncle to John Hancock) Beacon Hill residence built in 1737 and 1741, and demolished in 1863.
Moses learned the paper industry from the ground up, eventually building and purchasing mills which he consolidated into the Strathmore Paper Company. Never forgetting his rural beginnings, he began to make considerable donations to many Ticonderoga charitable and educational enterprises, including Valley View Cemetery Chapel, Liberty Monument, Moses-Ludington Hospital, the Community Building, and the Hancock House. In building the Hancock House he achieved one of his earliest lifetime ambitions to establish a museum with a library that would make Ticonderoga a focal point for public interest in the region's fascinating and nationally significant history.
The Hancock House Museum and Research Library was dedicated in 1926. The Ticonderoga Historical Society today manages this elegant structure as a regional museum and reference library. There are exhibits on all four floors of the Hancock House. The modern library houses a large collection of regional material on civic, social and economic elements and also has one of the largest collections of genealogical resource materials in the region.