Occasionally, visitors to the fort report encountering an odd sight or feeling. People have seen faces in windows, felt an icy breeze on a hot day, heard bag pipes and more. The French Lines, the American Cemetery, and other places out on the grounds have also had their share of encounters. Re-enactors at the encampments have reported ethereal figures late at night in the campsites.
Fort Ti staff will be featured on the show recounting some of their experiences. Museum docents Eileen Greely and Beverly O'Neil spend their time in the exhibit rooms and have a trove of paranormal stories to report, including orbs of light, objects moving in the cases and the sound of footfalls.
Greely recalled a late afternoon when "an orb came out of the fireplace in the Pell Room, shot right between me and Norma (Dreimiller) and whooshed up the stairs." Orbs have also been seen near the ceiling in the Black Watch exhibit and often shown up in photos taken at any number of spots on the site.
In another instance, while she was cleaning a glass case, a canteen came off the shelf toward her and fell straight down without hitting the glass or any other objects.
Lyle St. Jean, Fort Ti supervisor of buildings and grounds, and his staff have stories that have happened in areas closed to the public or after the visitors have left for the day. Heavy footfalls have been heard a number of times and he and Steve Teer, fort carpenter, experienced an orb.
Exclusive nighttime tours of Fort Ticonderoga are being scheduled around the TAPS findings and the paranormal stories already on the fort's books. An in-depth 90 minute tour will include the American Cemetery and take the guests to areas never before open to the public. Many of these are small and hard to access and for that reason the tours are limited to 25 guests at a time. The tour is not handicap accessible.
Offered only Friday and Saturday nights during the July and August, tours will require reservations and are $35 a person. Reservations can be made by calling 585-2821.
A daily 25 minute tour, accessible to all, is included with admission for the entire season. Full information on the tours and other fort events can be found at www.FortTiconderoga.org .