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Fencers square off at Fort Ticonderoga
Fencers square off at Fort Ticonderoga

En guarde! Fencers square off at Fort Ticonderoga

Our Adirondack reporter Brian Mann is a huge fan of sword fighting films, everything from The Seven Samurai to the Three Musketeers to the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

But fencing isn't all about Hollywood. It's also a venerated sport, with clubs and college teams scattered across the North Country and Vermont.

Last weekend, fencers gathered at for the fifteenth annual epee (eh-PAY) tournament at Fort Ticonderoga. Brian went to check out the real thing and sends this postcard.  Go to full article
The "silver bullet" (inset) and its display case
The "silver bullet" (inset) and its display case

Adirondack Attic: silver bullet

In today's Adirondack Attic, we'll hear about Fort Ticonderoga's "silver bullet." Andy Flynn tells the story of its significance in the Revolutionary War campaign of 1777.  Go to full article
Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center groundbreaking. Source: Ft. Ticonderoga
Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center groundbreaking. Source: Ft. Ticonderoga

Latest battle at Ft. Ticonderoga is with $2.5 million debt

Fort Ticonderoga is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the North Country. The sprawling 5,000-acre outdoor museum on the shore of Lake Champlain is also one of the most important landmarks in American history. But a feud with a major donor has left the privately owned museum deep in debt and scrambling to raise funds to pay for a new education center. Fort Ticonderoga's chairman has raised the possibility of closing the facility, or auctioning part of its collection. As Brian Mann reports, historians and tourism officials say Ticonderoga is too important to lose.  Go to full article
Dale Henry (r) and apprentice Brian McDonald (l) work on the bateau at Fort Ticonderoga
Dale Henry (r) and apprentice Brian McDonald (l) work on the bateau at Fort Ticonderoga

Wood, work, patience and finally, a bateau!

An authentic British wooden bateau is being built on the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga this month. Two stalwarts in the preservation and re-creation of Colonial American traditions, Fort Ticonderoga and the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum have collaborated on the project. Bateau were nautical "work horses," used for everything from ferrying troops to hauling supplies and farm animals. The bateau is taking shape under the skilled hands of Dale Henry. His crew is working only with hand tools and using construction techniques that date back to the 18th century. Henry told Todd Moe the boat itself is based on the remains of a bateau raised from the lake floor in 1960.  Go to full article
Chocolate in colonial North America was consumed as a drink.
Chocolate in colonial North America was consumed as a drink.

Fort Ticonderoga Opens Season with Chocolate!

Fort Ticonderoga opens for the season tomorrow on the anniversary of the Fort's capture from the British by Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold and the Green Mountain Boys on May 10, 1775. Opening day festivities will include demonstrations in making and consuming chocolate as part of life at Fort Ticonderoga during the 18th century. Director Nick Westbrook says the demonstrations are part of a larger research project on what he calls the "middle history" of chocolate. He spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
Larry Nehring as a young George Washington in the PBS documentary "The War That Made America".
Larry Nehring as a young George Washington in the PBS documentary "The War That Made America".

Fort Ticonderoga Featured in New PBS Film

Fort Ticonderoga is featured in a new documentary drama about the French and Indian War that airs on public television next week. Todd Moe talks with Fort Ticonderoga's Director Nick Westbrook about one of the war's most decisive battles in the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article

Fort Ti Hosts National Muster

This weekend, Fort Ticonderoga will reverberate with the thunderous sound of over 600 fifes and drums as it hosts the National Fife and Drum Corps Muster. The Fort has traditionally hosted a muster during the first weekend in August, but this is the first time this high-profile National Muster will be held at the Fort. Musician/reenactors from throughout the U.S. and Canada will perform at the event. Todd Moe talks with Mike Edson, Fort Ticonderoga's Drum Major. Edson has been a member of the fort's fife and drum corps since the mid 70's when he was a teenager.  Go to full article
Old-fashioned hollyhocks stand guard in one corner of the King's Garden.
Old-fashioned hollyhocks stand guard in one corner of the King's Garden.

Beauty and Bounty: A King's Garden Tour

Fort Ticonderoga, the 18th century garrison on the southern tip of Lake Champlain, includes historic gardens containing thousands of flowers, plants and herbs. 1920s landscape architect Marion Coffin designed a pleasure garden for the Pell family's summer home, the Pavilion, at the Fort. It was neglected and almost forgotten until, about ten years ago, workers began to restore the garden to Coffin's plan. Todd Moe toured the King's Garden with Landscape Curator Katie Elzer-Peters.  Go to full article
18th century French reenactors assemble during a recreated skirmish at Fort Ticonderoga
18th century French reenactors assemble during a recreated skirmish at Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga in Line for Federal Grant

An Essex county historic site is one step closer to getting a $1 million dollar boost from the federal government. The spending bill that passed Congress last week and awaits the President's signature includes more than $4 million dollars for military projects in the North Country. Fort Ticonderoga Government Relations Officer Walt Lender says the federal grant would be used for construction and program development at the fort's proposed Mars Education Center.  Go to full article

Federal Money To Help Build Education Center

Fort Ticonderoga appears likely to get two million federal dollars for a new education facility. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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