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Corn maze to open at Fort Ticonderoga

Six-acre maze to challenge visitors

Fort Ticonderoga will open its second annual corn maze to the public Wednesday, Aug. 15. The six-acre corn maze located near the King’s Garden. It has more than two miles of trails.

Fort Ticonderoga will open its second annual corn maze to the public Wednesday, Aug. 15. The six-acre corn maze located near the King’s Garden. It has more than two miles of trails.

— Confused? Not sure where you’re going?

The “Heroic Maze” may be for you. Fort Ticonderoga will open its second annual corn maze to the public Wednesday, Aug. 15.

“Fort Ticonderoga developed the ‘Heroic Maze’ with a professional maze design company from Utah that used computer technology to translate intricate designs onto the landscape, creating a fun and exciting quest,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ti executive director. “The maze is divided into phases allowing two levels of difficulty and the chance to gain confidence in the smaller maze before tackling the main maze.”

The six-acre corn maze located near the King’s Garden. It has more than two miles of trails. The average journey will take from 20 minutes for the first phase up to an hour for the main maze, Hill said.

New this year is the “Archeology Quest,” a scavenger hunt in the corn maze.

“Hidden in the maze are eight stations each representing an artifact,” Hill explained. “Players are given a ‘Quest Card’ to collect a stamp from each station. It takes perseverance and skill to find all the objects. Great fun for all ages.

“Along with daily visitors to the ‘Heroic Maze,’ school field trip groups and other group tours will have the fun opportunity to learn about Fort Ticonderoga’s dramatic story while building teamwork skills as part of this interactive, interdisciplinary quest,” Hill said.

In September and October the “Heroic Maze” will be open for group visits on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is required.

In late October the maze will be open after dark for “Flashlight Nights.”

“Conquer the maze guided by only your flashlight and question stations found along the pathways,” Hill said.

Tickets will be available for Oct. 19, 20, 26, and 27. Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged.

“The agricultural history at Fort Ticonderoga dates to 1756 when the French built the garrison gardens below the walls of the fort,” Hill said. “Today the formal display King’s Garden, along with educational Discovery Gardens, protected battlefields, sustainable modern farming practices and the corn maze continue this legacy.

“All proceeds from the ‘Heroic Maze’ support Fort Ticonderoga’s mission to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history,” she said.

The corn maze is free to Ticonderoga residents who have an Ambassador Pass.

For more information go online at www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/heroic-maze or call 585-2821.

The maze is sponsored by McDonalds of Ticonderoga and Amtrak.

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