Fort To to host encampment

TICONDEROGA - Fort Ticonderoga will host more than 700 re-enactors during its Grand Encampment Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27.

Participants portraying the French, British, Provincial and American-Indian forces will bring to life the bloody struggle for North America that defined the continent as part of a global struggle for Empire between England and France.

Visitors will experience the battle each day at 1:30 p.m. The program hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

"The Grand Encampment is a vivid and dynamic way to gain a deeper understanding of the struggle for America," said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga executive director. "The event brings to life in a vibrant way the many voices that represented North America from 1754-1763. History will come to life for visitors with the sights, sounds and experiences of the mid-18th century in this signature event."

The weekend will feature an encampment of more than 700 re-enactors; an 18th Century Market Fair with 30 sutlers selling period wares and food; on-going demonstrations of military, civilian and American-Indian camp life including cooking, weapons demonstrations, children's activities and more; 18th Century trades including blacksmithing, woodworking and papermaking; and battle narration begins at 1:30 p.m. and battles are at 2 p.m.

Fort Ticonderoga was a significant site in the struggle for America. Built by the French in 1755 on the strategic peninsula where the waters from Lake George flow into in Lake Champlain, it served as the strategic key to the continent.

On July 8, 1758, a British force comprised of nearly 16,000 men attacked Fort Carillion, later to become Fort Ticonderoga, and was repulsed by a French garrison one-third its size. The Battle of Carillon was the greatest French victory in the French and Indian War and the bloodiest day on North American soil until Antietam during the Civil War.

Further information can be found at www.FortTiconderoga.org or call 585-2821.

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