Only the officers rode to battle, the rest walked. Well today we all can ride to visit the historic battleground of, not one, but several battles at this location. The first was in 1758 when a small
French garrison. This is but a glimpse at what is to see at Fort Ticonderoga. For if you are a reader of this blog, then you know I had a calamity while there - lost my phone. That unfortunately distracted me from a thorough enjoyment of my visit. Perhaps on my ride up to Vermont I will stop by and do it justice. There is a lot of history there to take in. And the ride from Lake George along 9N is beautiful.
As stated above, have a ride scheduled in August and plan of stopping again at the Fort; for I missed most of the exhibits. There is the Soldiers' Barracks, A fine collection of 18th Century weapons. In fact it is said that For Ticonderoga has the finest artillery collection in North America. They even have Musket firing demonstrations. I did view the carpenter shop and the outdoor kitchen
And yes, the kitchen was making some kind of porridge and cornbread in the dirt oven.
A thumbnail of the history of the Fort. Originally it was the French that established a small
fort to overlook and protect the river that connected Lake George and Lake Champlain. Remember there were no roads then and everything had to be transported by waterways or carried overland.
As a sidebar here remember at the siege of Boston during the American Revolution; in the dead of
Winter,1775 Henry Knox and his men moved the canon by hand and sled the 300 miles from Fort
Ticonderoga to Boston. Placed on the high ground of Dorchester Heights forcing the British to abandon Boston. Lots of history here and a must see if in the area.
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