Ticonderoga What was it like during the winter of 1755-56 at Fort Ticonderoga?
“Carillon’s First Winter” will depict the lives of French soldiers garrisoned at the fort during a living history event Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fort was named Carillon by the French.
“People can spend time at a place where 1756 feels like now and join the French soldiers tasked with building the fort and guarding the frontier against raids by Robert Rogers and other rangers,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ti president and CEO.
“Carillon’s First Winter” will include special tours, museum exhibitions, historic trades and living history programs throughout the day. Admission is $10 a person and payable at the gate. Friends of Fort Ticonderoga and children 4 years and under are free. For information visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 585-2821.
“The event will explore the first fort built at Fort Ticonderoga,” Stuart Lilie, Fort Ti director of interpretation, said. “Imagine travelling across the Atlantic Ocean to defend New France in the harsh winter at a small wooden fort carved out of the deep woods. Peer out on a landscape of snow and forest with enemy capture potentially lurking behind any tree trunk.
“Meet the French soldiers of the Languedoc regiment who remained behind at Carillon to guard the southern frontier of New France on Lake Champlain in the winter of 1755-1756,” he said. “Discover how French soldiers from the south of France learned to survive and defend the fort from patrols and raids from Robert Rogers and other rangers.”
Tours of the fort will be offered at 10:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. The rours will examine Fort Carillon’s role in the French and Indian War at the beginning of 1756.
A French drill and musket demonstration will be held at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. It will highlight the form and function of the French fusil in the hands of the Languedoc soldiers.