November 27, 2012

Ft. Ticonderoga reports growth during '12 season

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.

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