Ticonderoga resident Josey Ezzo is dressed as the wife of a lieutenant who served at Fort St. Frédéric (Crown Point) in the 1740s. She is the bi-lingual lead history interpreter at Crown Point State Historic Site. Next to her, Crown Point’s historic site manager Tom Hughes wears a replica uniform for an officer of Les Compagnies Franches de la Marine serving in “Nouvelle France.” Crown Point’s museum staff will interpret for guests the clothing of the local 1740s French military men and of their wives and children on the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 21.
continued “Crown Point has a unique historical importance, both geographically and archeologically,” Hughes said. “Before the 1730s, Woodlands 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 fort complex at Crown Point. The limestone ruins of both the French-built fort and of the earthen walls and limestone barracks of the British fort are located on an extra-ordinary scenic point of land that juts into the wide open lake, beside the Lake Champlain Bridge.”
For information about the site or the Festival of Nations contact the site’s museum at 597-3666 or go online at www.nysparks.com.