|South Wall, Entrance, Battery and Enlisted Barracks|
|Ethan Allen Demanding the Surrender of the Fort|
So much American history swirled around this place that you can almost feel it. The surprise capture of the fort by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War set the stage for driving the British out of Boston and New England.
|Restored Officer's Barracks|
As you enter the fort interior, the restored officer's quarters is on the left, the Queen's storehouse is on the right and the enlisted barracks is behind you. The enlisted barracks has some period rooms on the lower level and the entrance to the museum on the upper level. The museum has great collections of period arms and artifacts.
The upper level of the outer walls has a number of mounted display cannons and two of the four bastions are also filled with mounted display cannons and mortars.
Wooden bridges connect the upper level to the two outer defense demi-lunes that are also fully armed with display cannons and mortars. I've never seen this many cannons and mortars emplaced in a period fort.
|South Battery and Flag Bastion|
|South Battery 13" Mortars|
Demonstrations and staff in period costumes were scattered throughout the grounds. Tours are offered at specific times but you will want to explore on your own even if you take the guided tour. Plan for 3-4 hours at the main site. But wait there's more...
Adjacent to the main fort are the Kings Garden and the old Pell Estate buildings. Don't miss these. The Pell Estate is falling apart and one would hope that it will be saved to preserve the important role of the Pell Family in the restoration of Fort Ticonderoga.
|Old Pell Estate|
The only thing left to do was to exit the park but even this is full of history. On the way out you pass through the French lines that were established to hold off the British attack on the fort in 1758. Some 5,000 French soldiers held off 17,000 British forces in the fierce Battle of Carillton. The exit road from the park is lined with monuments, memorials and historic sites and you should allow some time to explore them, they will greatly expand your knowledge. You exit the site through the impressive back gate. But wait there's more...
|Black Watch Memorial|
|The View from Mount Defiance|
For more information and pictures see the Fort Ticonderoga page on FortWiki.com.