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"History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike enjoy Crown Point," he said.

Hughes said 2009 was a banner year for the site.

"Physical changes included an impressive new video, a large and highly-detailed new 3-D model with a sound-and-light show, an improved new exhibit, improved parking, improved outdoor interpretive signs, a new kiosk, and new paths," he said. "Last year's French and Indian War 250th anniversary, Champlain Quadricentennial and even the bridge demolition publicity have raised the profile and public awareness of this site."

In 2010, Crown Point State Historic Site will celebrate the 100th anniversary.

"Crown Point is a unique location, both geographically and historically," Hughes said. "Before 1734, Woodland Indians camped on the peninsula. In 1734, the French military built an impressive stronghold here, Fort St. Fr d ric, with its tall limestone tower and its fortified windmill. A quarter-century later, when the British arrived, they built a larger fortress at Crown Point, starting in 1759."

The limestone ruins of both the French-built fort and of the earthen walls and stone barracks of the British fort, located on a scenic point of land that juts into Lake Champlain, have remained largely unchanged since a devastating fire burned the British fort in 1773, two years before the start of the War for American Independence.

The Crown Point State Historic Site encompasses two registered national historic landmarks and is operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Crown Point site information is available online at www.nysparks.state.ny.us

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