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Fort Ticonderoga to open for season

New exhibits, events on tap

 Fort Ticonderoga will offer new exhibits and programs this season. The fort, site of America’s first victory in the Revolutionary War, will open for its 103rd season May 18.

Fort Ticonderoga will offer new exhibits and programs this season. The fort, site of America’s first victory in the Revolutionary War, will open for its 103rd season May 18.

Fort Ticonderoga will offer new exhibits and programs this season. The fort, site of America’s first victory in the Revolutionary War, will open for its 103rd season May 18.

“We are so incredibly excited about the 2012 season and have so many wonderful opportunities for our visitors this year,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga executive director. “We expect great success this season for the fort and our community.”

A year ago the fort attracted more than 70,000 visitors.

This season Fort Ti will offer new programs, living history weekends, events, exhibits, gardens and a six-acre corn maze designed in the shape of the fort.

“Visitors will immerse themselves in nearly 2,000 acres of exquisite landscape at Fort Ticonderoga and experience the story of how the blood spilled to create an empire in the French and Indian War resulted in the struggle for liberty and America’s independence a generation later,” Hill said.

“Fort Ticonderoga is a family destination and a center of learning,” she added. “A visit is an interactive, multi-disciplined experience. It’s exploring the beautiful gardens, finding adventure in our events, marching with the Fife and Drum Corps and learning about a historic trade. It’s a walk through the restored fort, a stroll overlooking Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont, and an afternoon in our exhibit galleries exploring our premier collections.”

This year Fort Ticonderoga will focus on 1775.

“Benedict Arnold is a hero at Fort Ticonderoga this year,” Hill said. “Visitors to Fort Ticonderoga will be immersed in the year 1775 when Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen secured the fort and America’s first victory of the Revolution. Daily interpretive programs will engage visitors in the moment where they can learn to ply an 18th-century trade and thrill at the pageantry of arms as Minute Men become soldiers of the newly-formed American army.”

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