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Quadricentennial coming to Crown Point

Included are elements of national heritage including music, crafts, food, dance, games, family activities, clothing, folk life, and customs.

Friday, Sept. 18, special programming for visiting school groups will be offered at Crown Point State Historic Site and aboard the Lois McClure replica schooner which will be docked at Crown Point Reservation Campground's renovated steamboat dock. That morning, "Samuel Champlain" (portrayed by Don Thompson) will twice present, under a large tent at the New York State historic site, an educational program about his life and his excursion on Lake Champlain 400 years ago. And vocalist and instrumentalist Linda Russell will perform, in a covered pavilion at the New York State historic site, two morning concerts of authentic music familiar to Lake Champlain inhabitants during the 1700s.

The public festival is co-hosted by Chimney Point (Vt.) State Historic Site, Crown Point Reservation Campground, and Crown Point State Historic Site.

The Crown Point State Historic Site provides visitors with a glimpse at life in the Champlain Valley 250 years ago.

The site is home to two former 18th Century forts, the French Fort St. Frederic and the British Fort Crown Point, as well as a museum and visitors center.

The historic site museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday and closed on Tuesday. Admission fee is $3 for people ages 12-61, $1 for those ages 5-11 and $2 for those age 62 and older.

A $5-per-vehicle fee is collected at the entrance 9 a.m. - 5p.m. weekends and holidays.

Construction of Fort St. Frederic was complete by 1734. It included a four-story high tower, commander's quarters, canon, a powder magazine, bakery and other buildings surrounded by an outer stone parapet wall that was nearly square and had six corner bastions covering about an acre. It was the base of three major French operations until July 1, 1759, when the British forced its 200-man garrison to blow up the tower and retreat.

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