Re-enactments can be a lot of fun. Usually. Until a cannon explosion injures nearby children
, which happened this weekend in Utah.
Still, usually it's an interesting way to learn about the past. This coming "living history weekend" at Fort Ticonderoga
From the press release:
Discover the hazards and hopes of
American soldiers at Ticonderoga in the summer of 1776 during this exciting
living history weekend,
Saturday and Sunday, June 21 and 22 from 9:30 am – 5
pm! Tours, demonstrations, and hands-on family programs will be presented
throughout the weekend to immerse guests in a defining moment in America’s
story. Admission to this event is included in a Fort Ticonderoga’s general
admission ticket. To learn more about the living history event visit
www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.
Highlighted event programs include a lakeside
demonstration exploring the use of boats in the summer of 1776 as interpretive
staff share the story of the American retreat from Canada and the importance of
the Lake Champlain as a supply route on the road to independence at
Ticonderoga. Guests will also have the chance to help build camp with soldiers
of the Fourth Pennsylvania Battalion as they set their tents and build huts to
temporarily encamp below the walls for Fort Ticonderoga.
“Imagine life onboard a boat with merely a knapsack
of comforts from home,” said Stuart Lilie, Director of Interpretation. “During
this event guests will explore the workings of the bateau, the workhorse of the
Northern Continental Army on the water. Watch as bateaux row around the Ticonderoga
peninsula to land below the old French Fort, beginning a long summer of
rebuilding the army.”
This is miraculous story of how America overcame
incredible odds on the road to independence at Ticonderoga. With a smallpox
outbreak raging through the Northern Continental Army and morale sinking in the
spring of 1776, soldiers rowed by bateaux up Lake Champlain seeking the safety
of distance from the advancing British Army. Sick and wanting food supplies,
soldiers of the Continental Army lived out of these bateaux for weeks on end,
stopping on shore only to cook their rations, soaking wet from lying in the
bottom of their boats. By the end of June the Army began to assemble again at
Crown Point, only to have smallpox spread even faster. After a council of
General officers, General Horatio Gates ordered this long retreat to continue
9:30 am Fort Opens for Visitation
10:15 am Fort Guided Tour (Beginning at the American
Trace the footsteps of American soldiers in 1776,
who converged on the historic French Fort at Ticonderoga to make their stand
against a British invasion. Learn how American soldiers put their ingenuity,
endurance, and meddle to the test to defend their new nation. Explore on-going
preservation efforts that keep their memory alive.
11 am Musket Demonstration (Fort Demonstration
Area): Does Hollywood get it right? Imagine what it was like in 1776 to guard
earthen walls, keeping a cool head to load, aim, and fire a musket to hold your
ground. Make up your own mind about the movies!
11:30 am Breaking Ground: A Tour of the Historic
Gardens (Beginning at the American Flag). From Military garrison gardens to a
secluded Colonial Revival spectacle of color and light, explore one of the
oldest cultivated landscapes in America and learn about the horticultural
history of the Ticonderoga peninsula.
1:15 pm Down to the Water Tour (Beginning at the
American Flag). With a soldier as your guide, follow a fatigue party down to
the site of two massive docks in 1776. Examine the situation and factors that
forced the Continental Army in Canada to retreat back to Ticonderoga in 1776.
Hear the stories of this retreat by bateau as the boats arrive.
2 pm Musket Demonstration (Lower Field): Discuss
bush fighting tactics. How do disciplined soldiers fight in the woods without
accidentally shooting one another? Discover how fighting in the woods was more
than ducking behind rocks and trees.
2:30 pm “Encamped Just Under the Walls” (Lower
Field). Help build camp with soldiers of the Fourth Pennsylvania Battalion as
they set their tents and build huts to temporarily encamp below the walls for
Fort Ticonderoga. Lend a hand, step inside a tent and imagine what army life
was really like.
3:15 pm Fort Guided Tour (Beginning at the American
Flag). Trace the footsteps of American soldiers in 1776, who converged on the
historic French Fort at Ticonderoga to make their stand against a British
invasion. Learn how American soldiers put their ingenuity, endurance, and
meddle to the test to defend their new nation. Explore on-going preservation
efforts that keep their memory alive.
4 pm Mount Defiance: Witness to History Tour. Oh the
stories this graceful hill could tell overlooking Fort Ticonderoga! Ascend to summit
of Mount Defiance to get the birds-eye view of this epic military landscape and
learn how this height shaped the Fort’s history.
About Fort Ticonderoga: America’s FortTM
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million
acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is an independent not-for-profit
educational organization, historic site, and museum that ensures that present
and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that
shaped the nations of North America and changed world history.
Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga
engages 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and
interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga’s history. Accredited by the American
Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation,
tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily
visitation May 10 through November 2, 2014.
The 2014 season features the Fort’s newest exhibit
Founding Fashion: The Diversity of Regularity in 18th-Century Military Clothing
which brings together for the first time the museum's wide variety of important
18th-century clothing, related artwork, and archeological fragments to
illustrate the diversity of clothing worn by the armies who served at Fort
Ticonderoga during the French & Indian War and Revolution.
Visit www.Fort-Ticonderoga.org for a full list of
ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821.
America’s Fort is a registered trademark of the Fort