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Fort Ticonderoga to host encampment

TICONDEROGA - British and American armies will again struggle for control of the Ticonderoga peninsula and the future of America as Fort Ticonderoga hosts its annual Revolutionary War Encampment Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 12.

Events will be held 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

More than 600 re-enactors are expected to bring the American Revolutionary War experience to life for visitors during the weekend.

A battle will take place each day at 2 p.m. It is based on an encounter between advanced British and American forces during Gen. John Burgoyne's successful capture of the fort by the British in July 1777.

Visitors will be able to purchase wares from period vendors, witness the pageantry of arms, enlist with the Continental soldiers for a bounty and participate in a Sunday morning Anglican divine service in the fort at 10:30 a.m.

"This event will bring to life the hardship, hope and victory that defined Fort Ticonderoga's history in the American Revolution," said Beth Hill, Fort Ti executive director.

Throughout the weekend there will be programs on "Potent Potables: Drink and Sutling in the American Revolution," cooper demonstrations, building field fortifications, daily life of camp followers, field surgery and more.

"The weekend will be an unparalleled opportunity for visitors to be immersed in a place and time that defined America," Hill said.

The historic capture of Fort Ticonderoga on May 10th, 1775, by Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold, and the Green Mountain Boys marked America's first victory of the American Revolution. Fort Ticonderoga remained a strategic stronghold and key to the continent throughout the early years of the war. In 1777, British forces under General Burgoyne successfully recaptured Fort Ticonderoga, forcing American troops to abandon the fort and Mount Independence across Lake Champlain.

During the 18th-century, Fort Ticonderoga was attacked six times in the span of 20 years, holding three times and falling three times.

Fort Ticonderoga is now a private not-for-profit historical site.

Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, tours, demonstrations and exhibits each day though Oct. 20. A full schedule and information on events, including the Revolutionary War Encampment, can be found at www.FortTiconderoga.org

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