TICONDEROGA – Fort Ticonderoga, a premiere historic and travel destination, has been awarded the Save America’s Treasures Grant, funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior through a competitive process.
The property was awarded $465,000 to be used for the restoration of the north demi-lune, a stone defensive structure connected to the fort.
Originally constructed in the 18th century, the north demi-lune was used to defend Fort Ticonderoga against invaders and was part of the fort’s outer defenses that Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold saw as they crossed Lake Champlain on their journey to capture the fort in May of 1775, securing America’s first victory in the Revolution.
The grant project will include the preparation of contract documents for the repairs that will conform to all necessary historic preservation standards.
The restoration work itself will prevent further wall movement and deterioration by using modern preservation methods that will safely stabilize this national treasure while preserving its historic integrity.
The project will begin in January 2020 and utilize the skills of a consulting structural engineer and preservation architect. Upon completion, this restoration project will allow visitors to safely access the north-demi lune.
“The Save America’s Treasures Grant is a major win for Fort Ticonderoga,” Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO, said in a news release.
“The ability to fund the restoration of the north demi-lune will provide stabilization for the fort in the future, and will allow visitors to safely view the beautiful landscape Fort Ticonderoga has to offer for generations to come.”
“Even before the American Revolution, our founding fathers considered Fort Ticonderoga an American treasure, because of its key role in the French and Indian War. Not to mention, this spectacular gem of Essex County is a major tourist attraction, drawing visitors from far and wide, and boosting our Upstate economy as a result,” U.S. Sen Charles Schumer said.
“By allowing Fort Ticonderoga to refurbish its original walls, this federal investment will ensure that it is preserved for generations of New Yorkers and Americans to come.”
North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said, “I’m grateful to the National Park Service for prioritizing the upkeep and restoration of a North Country historical treasure: Fort Ticonderoga.”
“Advocating for the maintenance of historical sites in my district is a top priority for me and for my constituents. This Save America’s Treasures Grant will be instrumental in ensuring Fort Ticonderoga remains a commemorated site and tourist destination for many years to come.”