Crown Point The French & Indian War will come alive at the Crown Point State Historic Site.
The site will host its annual French & Indian War encampment Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11. It will feature “tactical demonstrations” — re-enacted battles — at 2 p.m. each day.
“Again this year, the public will enjoy excellent views of naval landings in the morning,” said Tom Hughes, site manager. “Living history enactors from the northeastern region of the United States and from eastern Canada enjoy participating in events at Crown Point.
“Two ‘tactical weapons demonstrations’ are scheduled for the public to view during the encampment weekend,” he added. “Each will be narrated by historian Paul Loding, a trustee of Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site.”
The site’s museum, with its high-definition audio-visual show and interactive exhibits, will be open as well.
“Guests to the camp will be able to see, hear, walk among, and interact with the many volunteers who will spend the weekend portraying various people of Crown Point’s past,” Hughes said.
Sutlers (vendors) will show and sell their replica 18th century wares. The Bridge Restaurant will sell sandwiches, beverages and snack food on site both days. Crown Point Bread Company will sell locally-baked goods inside a tent beside a replica bake oven.
“Crown Point offers a unique backdrop for this lively event, both geographically and historically,” Hughes said. “Before the 1730s, Woodland Indians camped on the peninsula. In 1734, the French military built an impressive stronghold here, Fort St. Frédéric, with its tall limestone tower and even a fortified and wind-powered grist mill.
“A quarter-century later, when the British arrived, they added an even larger fortress at Crown Point,” he continued. “The limestone ruins of both the French-built fort and of the earthen walls and stone barracks of the British fort, located on a point of land that juts into Lake Champlain, still offer an inspiring location that has remained largely unchanged since a devastating fire burned the British fort in 1773, only two years before the start of the war for American independence.”
The ruins are among the very few remaining examples of pre-Revolutionary military construction in the United States. Both fort ruins have been individually designated as National Historic Landmarks by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
For information about the site, the event or about Friends of Crown Point State Historic Site call 597-4666 or go online at www.nysparks.com.