TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga is throwing a birthday party - for itself.
The fort is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2009.
"It was 100 years ago that Fort Ticonderoga first opened its gates to the public," said Marci Hall, Fort Ti spokeswoman. "The occasion was the 1909 tercentenary of the landing of Samuel de Champlain and President William Howard Taft spoke from the steps of the Pavilion Hotel on the fort grounds."
To mark the occasion Fort Ti will host a birthday party Friday, July 24, 7-10 p.m. in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children 7-12 and can be reserved by phone at 585-2821. Younger children are admitted at no charge.
"Guests can join the fun and indulge in cake and refreshments while enjoying music from Atlantic Crossing," Hall said.
Fort Ticonderoga is a vital part of the community, Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick said.
"Fort Ticonderoga has been an integral part of the town of Ticonderoga's economic well-being since its inception," Dedrick said. "Because Fort Ticonderoga is world-wide known it has brought hundreds of thousands of tourist to this community as well as the greater Ticonderoga area and many businesses have not only survived, but thrived on the tourist trade.
"The fort has also provided employment for many locals and have been a partner in working toward economic prosperity for the region," the supervisor said. "We are blessed to have this national treasure located in our town."
Hall said Fort Ti administrators are looking forward to a second century.
"From those early days when restoration of the west barracks had just begun until July of 2008 the fort has been in a constant state being restored to its original French skyline," she said. "With that effort complete in the opening of the Mars Center, Fort Ticonderoga begins its second century of bringing history alive to an untold number of future generations."