Crown Point Historic Site to open

CROWN POINT - The Crown Point State Historic Site is open for the season with a new exhibit.

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Carol Ash unveiled a new, multi-media program and interpretive exhibit as the site formally opened May 15.

The exhibit, installed in the Crown Point museum's auditorium, includes a new video presentation on the history of Crown Point and a three-dimensional model of the site interpreted by an audio/light show.

Financial support for the exhibit was provided by the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commission and the New York State French and Indian War Commission.

The video and audio/light show were produced by Northern Light Productions. The model was designed and manufactured by Adirondack Studios.

The Crown Point State Historic Site also boasts several improvements this season.

There are redesigned parking lots, road resurfacing, new sidewalks and pedestrian paths, and new exterior signage.

Crown Point State Historic Site is one of 35 historic sites and 174 parks operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

It boasts two National Historic Landmarks on 380 acres of Lake Champlain waterfront, the stone remains of the French-built Fort St. Frederic (1734-1759) and the British Crown Point fort (1759-1773).

Both sites have endured through the centuries as authentic ruins, allowing guests to see the foundations of the forts in their original locations and to imagine the forts as they were in the 1700s, when they teemed with activity.

Each year the site hosts a pair of major events, a French & Indian War encampment in August and the annual Festival of Nations in September.

The French & Indian War encampment will feature British and French soldiers, Canadian militiamen, Woodland Indians, boatmen,and civilian re-enactors at the tactical weapons demonstrations.

The historic site museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday and closed on Tuesday. Admission fee is $3 for people ages 12-61, $2 for those ages 5-11 and $2 for those age 62 and older.

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