Built in the 1750s by the French as a defense against the British, what is known today as Fort Ticonderoga stood at the center of two wars and five battles. Today the fort on Lake Champlain welcomes more than 75,000 visitors a year to northern New York.
A rare medal honoring soldiers who fought in the American Revolution is going on display at Fort Ticonderoga in northern New York tomorrow – the Fourth of July. The original Society of the Cincinnati gold eagle medal is one of two surviving examples produced in Paris in 1783 for purchase by officers of the Continental Army.
Fort Ticonderoga, one of the nation's oldest historic sites, is reporting increases in attendance, revenues and donations during its 2012 season.
It was only a few years ago that Fort Ticonderoga’s financial situation was so tenuous that there was talk it would have to shut down for a season or auction part of its collection of artifacts and artwork to raise money. Officials at the Fort executed a comprehensive plan to fortify its financial stability, completing Phase One in March. Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO Beth Hill says their efforts led to a remarkable season.
Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York, the site of pivotal moments in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars, opens for the season this week. WAMC’s Alan Chartock spoke with Executive Director Beth Hill about this summer’s programs.