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01 - Lake George

01 - Lake George

To reach Fort Ticonderoga, we drove up the east side of Lake George, a long north-south lake that reminded me of the Scottish lochs. Although the east shore is fairly well developed for tourism, the west shore is almost untouched, leading to lovely views across the lake.


02 - Fort Ticonderoga

02 - Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga is in great shape because it's been reconstructed from the ruins. The fort was very important in the American Revolution - Ethan Allen and his "Green Mountain Boys" took the fort in a surprise attack, and then dragged the captured cannons to Boston in the middle of the winter - an amazing feat. The cannons were mounted on Dorchester Heights and were used to drive the British from Boston. The date is still celebrated as "Evacuation Day", although since it's the same date as St. Patrick's day, the Boston Irish have taken the holiday as their own.


03 - Lake Champlain

03 - Lake Champlain

Fort Ticonderoga guards the passage from Lake Champlain to Lake George, which was the major north-south route from Canada to the northest U.S. in colonial times.


04 - Fife and Drum Corps

04 - Fife and Drum Corps

The fort features daily performances of a fife and drum corps.


06 - Fife and drum corps

06 - Fife and drum corps

The fife and drum corps marching onto the parade ground


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06_fife_and_drum_corps


07 - Fife and Drum Corps

07 - Fife and Drum Corps


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08_fife_and_drum_corps


09 - Participatory marching

09 - Participatory marching

The fife and drum corps concluded their performance by inviting the watchers to line up and march with them as they exited. Nearly everyone joined in.


10 - Participatory marching

10 - Participatory marching


11 - Participatory marching

11 - Participatory marching


12- Participatory marching

12- Participatory marching


13 - Mount Defiance

13 - Mount Defiance

Nearby Mount Definance was also fortified.