LAKE GEORGE People may not realize it, but when they are walking in Lake George, they are walking on a battlefield and burial ground of some of the most important battles in our history. This year is the 250th anniversary of the battle at Fort William Henry, when the French troops and their artillery defeated the English inside the fort. There are many events commemorating this anniversary, culminating in a reenactment of that battle on Sept. 15 and 16.
Visitors can witness this representation of the 18th century events that not only affected the direction the country took, but became the basis for James Fenimore Coopers novel, Last of the Mohicans.
Lake George Village Trustee Marisa Muratori said that they have a full-scale model of a bateaux on display at Blais Park, just like the ones used to transport troops and supplies on Lake George.
We cant replicate the actual battle, Muratori said. Well have about 1,000 reenactors here if were lucky, but it will be a representation of what went on.
The reenactment of the battle takes place in the Lake George Battlefield Park and Fort William Henry. Muratori said the area will be staged so that people will be able to walk around the action, see the makeshift military hospitals and the fort during the battle, which will be going on both days.
This is a high impact event, she said. Not since 1757 have so many cannons been fired in Lake George Village.
Hundreds of re-enactors will recreate the 18th century siege tactics leading to the fall of the fort. Visitors will be able to see siege works and cannon duels as the French attack and the British forces defend. Each day will feature parleys between the opposing forces as they struggle for control of the fort, and each day will feature main battles as hundreds of authentically clothed and equipped re-enactors.