Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga (HM5S3)

Location: Ticonderoga, NY 12883 Essex County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 50.539', W 73° 23.343'

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During the 18th century, when nations fought to control the strategic route between the St. Lawrence River in Canada and the Hudson River to the south, the fortification overlooking the outlet of Lake George into Lake Champlain was called "the key to a continent."

The French constructed here in 1755 the stronghold they named Carillon, and made it a base to attack their English rivals. In 1758, Carillon, under Marquis de Montcalm, withstood assault by superior British forces. The next year Jeffery Amherst's troops captured Carillon and forced the French to retreat from Lake Champlain. The British renamed the fortress Fort Ticonderoga.

During the American Revolution, Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured Ticonderoga in a surprise attack, May 10, 1775. Cannon hauled from Ticonderoga to Boston helped George Washington drive the British from that city. In July, 1777, General Burgoyne's invading army overwhelmed the American fort, and Ticonderoga again became British. Americans unsuccessfully attacked the fort in September, 1777; later the British abandoned it.

In 1816, William Ferris Pell acquired the fort. His descendants began its restoration and in 1909 opened Ticonderoga to the public. Now the Fort Ticonderoga Association maintains the historic fort and its military museum.
HM NumberHM5S3
Series This marker is part of the New York: Historic New York series
Year Placed1967
Placed ByNew York State Education Department
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 4:16am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 629498 N 4855620
Decimal Degrees43.84231667, -73.38905000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 50.539', W 73° 23.343'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 50' 32.34" N, 73° 23' 20.58" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 706 Fort Rd, Ticonderoga NY 12883, US
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