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Fort Ticonderoga to host Revolutionary War event

TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga will host its annual Revolutionary War Encampment Sept. 12 and 13.

The event features over 700 re-enactors portraying all parties involved in the conflict for America's independence.

For the first time, Ethan Allen's Raid will be a featured part of Saturday's activities with re-enactors taking on the rolls of Allen, Benedict Arnold, the Green Mountain Boys and the British manning the fort. They will recreate the daring venture and all-important victory became an epic part of the war.

With the cannon captured from the British in the pre-dawn hours of May 10, 1775, the patriots would eventually drive the king's troops out of Boston and give Gen. George Washington the help he needed to continue on to victory.

"The First Victory of the American Revolution" is a popular program that is re-enacted several times a day at Fort Ticonderoga during the busy spring season when hundreds of school children visit.

The fort's site will be divided into Indian, British and American camps along with a civilian area and the sutlers' camp.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the camp sites, interact with the re-enactors and see soldiers preparing for battle and their families living as they would have in the 18th cen-

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Re-enactors are adding some new programs to the weekend event including a surgery tent, fiddling demonstrations and in-depth demonstrations of the guns and warfare techniques of the 18th century.

Battles are re-enacted at 2 p.m. each day. Admission is required to see the battles.

A shuttle bus and handicapped transportation will be available and the Log House Restaurant will be open with specials for breakfast and lunches, 9:30-5:00 on Saturday and 8:30 to 4:30 on Sunday.

Admission to the fort and encampment also includes The King's Garden where fall blooms and vegetables are bountiful. The Garden will celebrate the season with Harvest Day on Oct. 3 with children's activities, plant sales and a scarecrow parade.

Fort Ticonderoga is a private not-for-profit site with admission fees supporting its preservation and maintenance. For additional information and the entire schedule of events go online at www. FortTiconderoga.org.

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