TICONDEROGA — One of the nation's oldest historic sites says its 2012 season saw increases in attendance, revenues and donations.
Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO Beth Hill says it has been a "remarkable" year for the not-for-profit tourism destination located on the southern end of Lake Champlain in Essex County.
She says paid attendance increased nearly 6 percent and admissions revenue jumped 18 percent compared to the 2011 season. Hill says donations through annual giving to Fort Ticonderoga also increased by 18 percent over last year.
Just a few years ago, the fort's financial situation was so shaky that there was talk it would have to shut down for a season or some of its collection of artifacts and artwork would have to be sold off.
The fort's five-month season ended in October. It reopens in May.