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March 31, 2013

Fort Ti has best season in years

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TICONDEROGA —

Part of Phase 2 is integrating more of the site’s landscape into its offerings, Hill said.

“The landscape is why we’re here. It’s aesthetically stunning and historically significant. We’re developing a trail that will extend through the battlefield and the French lines. We’re testing how we can use our greater landscape,” she added.

Besides the self-guided walk, there will also be boat tours on water, and the King’s Garden will unveil a new French garrison garden.

“We’ll have our interpretive staff in the garden and recreate it the way it was. We’ll actively engage the public in that area,” Hill said.

The Pavilion, a former hotel and summer house at the garden, will also get some use.

“We’ll offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the Pavilion once a week. (Curator of collections) Chris Fox will lead it. We’ll engage our visitors on preservation,” Hill said.

That’s part of long-term planning for the Pavilion building, she said.

“Everybody sees it’s in need of work. We’ll engage the public in our mission of preservation and restoration.”

’COMMUNITY ASSET’

Fort Ticonderoga is a great asset to the community, Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Debra Malaney said.

“They enhance our quality of life, and they attract thousands of visitors here every year. The fort is an important part of Ticonderoga.”

Fort Ticonderoga has been open to the public since 1909, the earliest restoration of its kind in the United States, which was led by the Pell family of Ticonderoga.

It preserves North America’s largest 18th century artillery collection; 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain; and the Carillon Battlefield, the largest series of untouched 18th century earthworks surviving in North America.

Fort Ticonderoga has about 70,000 visitors a year, and annually reaches more than 5,000 people with its outreach programs.

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