The encampment will replicate the appearance of mid 18th century military camp life. Dozens of sutlers will set up individual stores of handcrafted items relevant to the period. These sites will be opened for public access over the weekend and the public will be able to experience the daily activities of 18th century camps such as preparation for battle, cooking, smithing and other supporting trades.
Visitors will encounter a spectacular representation of the French capture of the English Fort with cannon fire, naval maneuvers and battle situations that will occupy a greater part of downtown Lake George.
The engagement of the French troops and their artillery with English forces within the fort will provide spectators with an exciting spectacle and perhaps the most historically appropriate utilization of Fort William Henry since its rebuilding in 1953. Not since 1757 have so many cannons been fired in Lake George Village.
An 18th century fireworks display is planned for Saturday evening. Scouts, drills and demonstrations within the community will bridge the gap between spectators and reenactors. This is the specific schedule of events for the weekend:
Saturday, Sept. 15
10 a.m. The commanding officers demand the freedom of the village at the town hall. This being granted, the armies form marching order and parade through town. Camps open to the public.
11 a.m. 1:30 p.m. at the former Gaslight Village property, French Troops demonstrate 18th century siege tactics while English troops demonstrate actions of a garrison under siege at Fort William Henry.
1 p.m. French artillery commences firing.
1:30 p.m. Marquis de Montcalm summons the fort to surrender under a flag of parley. The English respond that they intend to make a gallant defense.
1:45 p.m. English artillery including that of Fort William Henry commences firing on the French siege lines with several rounds. French artillery responds. Artillery fire continues until the battle ceases.