Ticonderoga commands the outlet of Lake George, where LaChute River flows into Lake Champlain. Here, where the two water routes from the south converged, a modest fur trading post became a French stronghold called Fort Carillon, the key to controlling the water route to Canada. British conquerors held it for a generation before Fort Ticonderoga fell to a rebel force in the first American victory of the Revolution. Now the restored fort interprets both the struggle for empire and the tourism revolution that planted the history of this place in the imagination of all Americans.
LaChute River formed the backbone of the nineteenth-century town of Ticonderoga, the two-hundred-foot drop powering a dizzying array of industries that processed timber, iron, wool, and graphite into lumber, paper, castings, cloth, crucibles, and pencils. Today, the papermill has moved to the lakeshore, opening former industrial land for a riverside park that includes the Heritage Museum. where the industrial stories are told. At the other end of Montcalm Street, facing the Liberty Monument, the Ticonderoga Historical Society interprets social and economic history. Download guide to the LaChute Riverwalk.
Ticonderoga finds many ways to please its visitors, from the Festival Guild concerts under the tent to the many fishing tournaments on Lake Champlain. The town beach offers a glorious view of Roger's Rock on Lake George.