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Ticonderoga Historical Society to host open house

New York Heritage Weekend May 19

The Hancock House, home of the Ticonderoga Historical Society, was dedicated in 1926. New York Heritage Weekend will be observed at the Hancock House May 19.

The Hancock House, home of the Ticonderoga Historical Society, was dedicated in 1926. New York Heritage Weekend will be observed at the Hancock House May 19.

— Located at the Liberty Monument at the intersection of Wicker and Montcalm streets, it is home to several exhibits highlighting community history.

Moses built the house as a repository for the purpose of perpetuating “American Traditions in History and the Fine Arts,” and it served in this capacity for many years as the NYSHA “Headquarters House,” although it can no longer claim this title. The Georgian mansion is a replica of Thomas Hancock’s (uncle to John Hancock) Beacon Hill residence built in 1737 and 1741, and demolished in 1863.

Moses learned the paper industry from the ground up, eventually building and purchasing mills which he consolidated into the Strathmore Paper Company. Never forgetting his rural beginnings, he began to make considerable donations to many Ticonderoga charitable and educational enterprises, including Valley View Cemetery Chapel, Liberty Monument, Moses-Ludington Hospital, the Community Building, and the Hancock House. In building the Hancock House he achieved one of his earliest lifetime ambitions to establish a museum with a library that would make Ticonderoga a focal point for public interest in the region's fascinating and nationally significant history.

The Hancock House Museum and Research Library was dedicated in 1926. The Ticonderoga Historical Society today manages this elegant structure as a regional museum and reference library. There are exhibits on all four floors of the Hancock House. The modern library houses a large collection of regional material on civic, social and economic elements and also has one of the largest collections of genealogical resource materials in the region.

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