Fort Ti to open for season

TICONDEROGA Fort Ticonderoga will welcome all residents of the North Country at no charge May 17. The traditional opening day is scheduled for May 10, which marks the occasion of Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold and the Green Mountain Boys capture of the fort from the British in 1755. This year marks the 100th year that Fort Ticonderoga has been open to the public with programs and collections of the important period of American history. Visitors will be greeted by many new sites as they come to the fort this year, including the completed Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center, South Bastion and the nearly-completed French Lines. Preparations are under way for the 250th anniversary commemoration of the French & Indian War that takes place from June 24 through July 8. The events include the Grand Encampment, the dedication of the Mars Center, a Day of Scots and British Military History, French Victory Day and more. Neighbors Day May 17 is also the pre-season plant sale in the Kings Garden from 9 a.m. to noon. Landscape Curator Heidi teRiele Karkoski and staff will be digging perennials by request so they will be fresh for replanting. The sale opens Thursday, May 15, and interested buyers may go to the Kings Garden without paying fort admission. Volunteers are still needed to help finish the French Lines. There are work-days scheduled for May 3 and May 17. The massive, seven foot high log wall has been erected with the help of volunteers throughout the fall and winter months. It was this defensive wall that allowed just over 3,000 French forces under the Marquis de Montcalm to defeat the 16,000 troops under British Major General James Abercrombie in 1758. The lines, nearly 400 feet long, will be the focal point of the reenactment of the Battle of Carillon on June 28 and 29. Information on Fort Ticonderoga can be found at www.fort-ticonderoga.org or by calling 585-2821. The fort is open from 9-5 daily from May 10 through Oct. 20 The Kings Garden opens for the season on June 1 and will remain open through fall harvest time, Oct. 13.

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