Fort Ticonderoga open for season

TICONDEROGA : Fort Ticonderoga opened for its 2007 season May 10, marks the date that Benedict Arnold, Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys captured the fort from the British, becoming the first victory in the American Revolution. Throughout the region event planning has been focused on the 250th Anniversary of the French and Indian War, in which Fort Ticonderoga played a pivotal role. Built by the French in 1755; blown up by them in 1759; and rebuilt by the British, the fort was one of the keys to the battle for dominance of the north-south route between the Atlantic shore and Canada. Activities this year include the 12th annual War College of the Seven Years War, May 19 and 20, with a book signing at noon on Saturday. Authors signing their work include the well known Colin Calloway from Dartmouth, and former speakers Scott Stephenson, Kevin Sweeny and Tim Todish. Saturday will also feature the Topping Off ceremony at 3 p.m. for the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center, a state of the art exhibit and meeting space, well on its way to a May 2008 opening. The annual Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony on May 28 will feature the Fort Ticonderoga Fife & Drum Corps leading a procession to the American cemetery beginning at 11 a.m. June 2 will mark the opening of the Kings Garden and the beginning of host of programs for children and families. The Kings Garden was designed in 1921 and its extensive restoration has garnered many preservation awards. Outside the formal walls, the Military Garrison Garden and the Native American Garden offer a wealth of historical information and remind us that the soldiers and Indians had simple daily needs. The Childrens Garden puts gardening and appreciation of nature on a level children can understand and gives them the opportunity to play in the dirt. Admission to the gardens is included in the regular fort ticket. Fort Ticonderoga is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with historic narrations and artillery demonstrations throughout the summer. Tours of the grounds, barracks, and collections are given by uniformed interpreters. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children, 7-12. Children 6 and younger are admitted free of charge. For further information call 518 585-281 or visit www.fort-ticonderoga.org .

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