CROWN POINT - Crown Point State Historic Site on Lake Champlain will host a 250th anniversary British, French, and Indian war encampment as a public event on the weekend of Aug. 8 - 9. A new museum exhibit and dramatic new audio-visual show, open 9:30 a.m. - 5p.m. on both days, are especially interesting and informative parts of the visitor experience.
Although there were no huge battles, only skirmishes, fought at Crown Point in the 1700s, four tactical weapons demonstrations are scheduled for the public to view during the encampment weekend, the "battles" taking place between 10 and 10:30 a.m. and between 1:30 and 2 p.m. on both Saturday and on Sunday. The re-enactors are expected to break camp at 3 on Sunday afternoon.
Guests will be able to see, hear, walk among, and interact with the many volunteers who will spend the weekend portraying the various people of Crown Point in the summer of 1759. Guests will want to bring a camera. "Sutlers," (vendors) will show and sell their replica 18th century wares all weekend, rain or shine. "Champ's Trading Post" staff will cook on-site, selling sandwich lunches to guests. "Crown Point Bread Company" will sell gourmet baked goods and pizza inside a festive tent.
Crown Point offers a unique backdrop for the event, both geographically and historically. Before 1734, Woodland Indians camped on the peninsula. In 1734, the French military built an impressive stronghold here, Fort St. Fr d ric, with its tall limestone tower and even a fortified wind-mill. A quarter-century later, when the British arrived, they added an even larger fortress at Crown Point, starting in early August of 1759. The limestone ruins of both the French-built fort and of the earthen walls and stone barracks of the British fort, located on a point of land that juts into Lake Champlain, still offer an inspiring location that has remained largely unchanged since a devastating fire burned the British fort in 1773, only two years before the start of the Revolutionary War.