Anniversary of fort’s fall

LAKE GEORGE – The Fort William Henry Museum will commemorate the 256th anniversary of the surrender of Fort William Henry at the fort with a ceremony/re-enactment at noon Aug. 9 outside the fort.
Fort William Henry was built by the British during the French and Indian War (1754-1763) as an outpost to secure its colonies’ northern border against the French. In 1757, French forces sieged the fort. After six days of fighting, the surrender occurred.
After the garrison abandoned the fort and began their march to Fort Edward, the columns were attacked by the Native American allies of the French. Many were taken prisoner or lost their lives during the ensuing chaos. This event was the basis for James Fenimore Cooper’s book, “The Last of the Mohicans.”
During the commemoration, there will be a reading of the surrender terms, wreath laying ceremony at the grave of the unknowns and a musket volley salute. The staff of the Fort’s museum and reenactors will participate. The event will take place on the lawn between the fort and the hotel which is near the location of the surrender in 1757.
Fort William Henry Museum and Restoration is located at 48 Canada Street. For details, call 964-6626.


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