Fort Ticonderoga opens May 18

F ort Ticonderoga opens for the 2012 season on Saturday, May 18, and visitors will have the chance to learn the integral role the fort played in the formation of America.

“Fort Ticonderoga is a family destination and a center of learning. A visit is an interactive, multidisciplined experience,” said Beth Hill, executive director. “It’s exploring the beautiful gardens, finding adventure in our events, marching with the Fife and Drum Corps, and learning about a historic trade. It’s a walk through the restored Fort, a stroll overlooking Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont, and an afternoon in our exhibit galleries exploring our premier collections.”

The 103rd season will feature a number of new exhibits and events.

One of the highlights of the upcoming season is the role Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen played in 1775 when they secured the fort, and the America’s first victory in the Revolution. Daily programs will explore the event and life in the newly formed American army.

Fort Ticonderoga’s newest exhibit, “Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution,” will showcase nearly 100 weapons from Fort Ticonderoga’s weapons collection including many never-before-seen acquisitions exhibited together to illustrate the diversity of muskets, pistols, swords and related weaponry used in America and at Ticonderoga through the Revolution.

The internationally acclaimed exhibit, “Art of War:  Ticonderoga as Experienced through the Eyes of America’s Great Artists,” continues a second season and brings together for the first time in one highlighted exhibition 50 of the museum’s most important artworks.

There will also be number of seminars held throughout the season, including a Lakes Conference examining Lake George and Lake Champlain on Aug. 11 and 12 and “Chocolate Covered History: A Spirited Weekend of History, Chocolate and Wine and Spirits” event, on Oct. 12 and 13.

The fort will also host its author series beginning on June 3 with Eliot A. Cohen, author of “Conquered into Liberty : Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War.”

Fort Ticonderoga is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 18 through Oct. 18. General admission is $17.50 for adults, $14 for anyone over 62 years old; and $8 for children ages 5 through 12. Children ages 4 and under are admitted free of charge.

Visit www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821.

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