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Fort Ticonderoga to explore winter of 1755-56

Living history event slated Jan. 11

“Carillon’s First Winter” will depict the lives of French soldiers garrisoned at Fort Ticonderoga during a living history event Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fort was named Carillon by the French.

“Carillon’s First Winter” will depict the lives of French soldiers garrisoned at Fort Ticonderoga during a living history event Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fort was named Carillon by the French.

— “Obliged to Return Through the Forest” will be held at 11:30 a.m. Participants will march along with a patrol of Languedoc soldiers, leaving the safety of the fort and entering the woods. People can try to find patrols of Roger’s Rangers before being discovered. Hiking boots and winter clothing are recommended.

“Tools of the Trade” will be presented at 12:30 p.m. at the Mars Education Center. It will explore French soldiers’ equipment.

Throughout the day the tailor’s shop, artificer’s post, soldiers’ barracks and a program on daily life will be available.

The tailor’s shop will demonstrate how greed, embezzlement, and political in fighting affected the supply of French soldiers in Canada. It will also examine the construction of Native trade goods and their use by French soldiers.

Artificer’s Post will explain why Canadians and French soldiers alike used Native moccasins as the footwear of choice in deep snow.

Soldier’s Quarters will show a soldier’s mattress tick laid out on the floor, with four other good friends we well as the tools of the French soldier’s trade and the few perks of space and privacy that an officer’s commission offered.

The Soldier’s Life will be presented on the parade ground. People can stand with French soldiers, wrapped in their heavy wool capotes, as they go through their daily duties to stay alive. Cooking rations, cleaning guns and washing their laundry will be highlighted.

A pair of exhibits, “It Would Make a Heart of Stone Melt” and “Pork, Pigeon, & Pottery “ will also be on display.

“It Would Make a Heart of Stone Melt” examines wounds, disease, injury and the treatment of these ailments for soldiers at Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution.

“Pork, Pigeon, & Pottery” exhibits of artifacts recovered from the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga.

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