Building began at this strategic site in the fall of 1755 by the French. After four years, Fort Carillon was completed. It was from this French fort that General Montcalm launched his attack on the British Fort William Henry. In 1759, General Jeffery Amherst led a siege on Fort Carillon that resulted in the French abandoning the fort after blowing up the powder magazine. The British rebuilt the fort, renaming it Fort Ticonderoga. The fort remained under British control until 1755 when it was captured by Benedict Arnold, Ethan Allen, and the Green Mountain Boys, in a midnight raid. It was considered America’s first victory in the Revolutionary War.
Today, Fort Ticonderoga is more than just a restored war fort. It's a premier tourist destination. The family-friendly, outdoor location offers visitors an array of special events, weekly activities, demonstrations, and much more.
Visitors at Fort Ticonderoga immerse themselves in nearly 2,000 acres overlooking Lake Champlain and Vermont’s Green Mountains. Daily programs and special events recreate Fort Ticonderoga’s defining story, and the roar of cannon and pageantry of arms bring to life the struggle for America.
Fort Ticonderoga’s history exhibits offer visitors the opportunity to discover the objects that helped shape the nations of North America. Historic weapons, engraved powder horns, and everyday objects used by soldiers help tell the story of how history was made at Ticonderoga. Special exhibits in the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center highlight rarely-seen treasures from the museum’s century-old collections.
From fun hands-on living history programs to Fort Ticonderoga’s special seasonal events, the fort offers more than one hundred exciting and unique events and programs each year!