Lilie is a graduate of The College of William & Mary. He has worked in several interpretive and trades positions at Colonial Williamsburg and served as an apprentice archaeologist with the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities at Jamestown. He has consulted on historical equestrian matters for films at Mount Vernon, 96 Battlefield, Moore's Creek, Vicksburg and Cowpens National Park.
"I am both honored and excited to be part of such a great team, making such a huge difference at one of America's most historic sites," Lilie said.
An avid Revolutionary War and Seven Years war re-enactor, Lilie has taken his belief in high standards of authenticity to work on the development of educational programming for many national sites including Colonial Williamsburg, Putnam Memorial State Park, Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, Minute Man National Park, Endview Plantation, Virginia War Museum and Middleton Place.
At Fort Ticonderoga he will develop a program that will change throughout the 2011 season, Hill said. The first half of the season will feature reenactors portraying a 1759 Massachusetts regiment under the command of Gen. Amherst. The second half of the summer reenactors will portray a Revolutionary War unit.
"It's so important to be site specific," Hill said of the interpretive programs. "There are so many historic sites out there, but most pale in comparison to Fort Ticonderoga.
"People should ask themselves - Why Fort Ticonderoga? Why is this story important?" Hill continued. "We want to answer those questions. This year we're going to offer a different experience. It'll be really dynamic."
There will also be several new educational programs and tours, including a historic scavenger hunt.
The fort director notes the site is about more than history. Besides the fort and its significance to the 18th Century, the grounds are also home to the King's Garden, an award-winning formal garden. The garden dates to 1920. As in the past there will be display gardens featuring vegetables and flowers and a children's garden.