“Our focus this year is increasing reach,” Hill said. “We’re going to nearly double our reach to students through our programs this year.”
The fort’s outreach programs this winter have been very popular, she said.
“We very much connected to our educational mission. We have staff going into the schools. We integrated elements of math and science, elements that are rooted in our history. That’s been a thriving program.”
This year, the fort will focus on 1755 events, Hill said.
“We’ll highlight the French troops, the Languedoc Regiment, that were here in 1755. We’ve delved into journals and letters. Those troops were a real mix. That’s our interpretive stance for this year.”
Stuart Lilie, fort director of interpretation, said visitors will interact with the reenactors portraying the Languedoc troops.
“The French soldiers who first fortified Carillon in 1755 were more than simply the enemy, part of the French and Indian menace that had threatened British colonists since the 17th century. The soldiers of the Languedoc Regiment were very real people who help inform our portrayal of them with personal letters, diaries and memoirs,” he said.
“With the relentless authenticity that is unique to Fort Ticonderoga, our visitors will get to meet these French soldiers, discovering a whole new perspective on food, religion, clothing and military history.”
The French built the fort as Carillon in 1755, but it later fell into British and then American hands, was renamed Fort Ticonderoga and was finally abandoned after the American Revolution.
Also new this year is an 18th century medicine exhibit, “It Would Make A Heart of Stone Melt: Sickness, Injury and Medicine at Fort Ticonderoga.”
“It (medical care) was an important part of the lives of the soldiers who served here,” Hill said.
She said the exhibit will present an overview of medical practices, diseases and treatment of wounds for the French, British and American armies.