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A Visit to Fort Ticonderoga, Part 3

We spent the better part of a day at Fort Ticonderoga, taking in the magnificent sights of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Champlain, absorbing the amazing and sometimes tragic history, and exploring the fort’s numerous labyrinthine pathways and alcoves. And this was all before we had even entered one building! Read Part 1 and Part 2 of our visit.

New visitors are strongly urged to visit the visitor’s hall and view a movie about the fort. Even though we are very familiar with Fort Ticonderoga history and importance in battles, we sat and enjoyed the video. I was especially intrigued with the history of its restoration. You can read about that in my previous post, A Visit to Fort Ticonderoga, Part 2.

There is SO much to see inside the buildings that I cannot possibly do it justice here. I only highlight what I found interesting, and even then I must condense it. I highly recommend that you visit the Fort, there’s something for everyone there.

Both stories of the buildings are loaded with fort memorabilia and quite a number of breathtaking archaeological finds. I was awed by this: one of the old metal armor breastplates presumably made by the first French soldiers here in the 1750s. The plaque card says the armor was discovered in 1941, built into the wall. Because of its unusual position in the wall construction, archaeologists believe the armor is a votive offering by the French masons, for “good luck.”

Back Plate

There were many such artifacts to be seen:

Sundial

This blew me away. A piece of her wedding dress?!

Martha Washington Wedding Dress

A watch key was a small metal device. With it, the watch owner could wind the watch. Amazing!

George Washington Watch Key

George Washington had good ol’ snuff. Well, at least the snuff BOX.

George Washington Snuff Box

I loved this.

Hezekiah King Powder Horn

There were many, many such engraved powder horns like this. Even Ethan Allen and Philip Schuyler had scrawled on theirs! This is one of Schuyler’s horns given to him from Paul Revere. The engraving is a verse from Proverbs.

Schuyler Powder Horn

Here is Ethan Allen’s powder horn. Ethan Allen is the famed hero of Fort Ticonderoga. He easily took the fort from the British in 1775, confiscating the stores of ammunition for the needy American army.

Ethan Allen Powder Horn

This is Ethan Allen’s sword. Click the image to go to the Flickr site. From there, you can view larger images.

Ethan Allen Sword

Ethan Allen’s gun, engraved with his name.

Ethan Allen Gun

There were quite a few personal artifacts from the Schuyler family. Alexander Hamilton married Eliza Schuyler, daughter of the great general Philip Schuyler from nearby Albany, NY. This is a four-leafed clover in a locket that had belonged to Angelica Schuyler Church, Eliza’s sister and Alexander Hamilton’s good friend.

Angelica Schuyler Locket

Angelica’s wax seal. The town “Angelica, NY” in western New York State is named for Angelica Schuyler Church.

Angelica Schuyler Seal

Alexander Hamilton’s sword is here!

Hamilton Sword 1

Hamilton Sword 2

Rosary beads, probably dating before the British and American ownership of the fort. The Brits and Americans were definitely and overwhelmingly Protestant, so the beads probably belonged to a French occupant.

Rosary Beads

This is an imposing display. Looks to be a Mohawk Indian. Mohawks were the fiercest of the Iroquois Indian tribes, probably as fierce as the Canadian Hurons.

Fort Ti Indian Statue

Interesting chair. Looks to me to be something from the 1890s, perhaps.

Old Chair

Cool bull’s eye glass.

Bulls Eye Glass

All in all, it was a terrific visit. I really recommend this place, just go see it!

Dedicated

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About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. Stanton Pratt says:

    Was delighted to find your photo of the Hezekiah King Horn on the internet. This horn was willed to my grandfather, Gerald S. Pratt, Sr by Charles King, last direct descendent of Hezekiah. His wife was an Aunt of Gerald and Gerald was descended from Fenner King, Hezekiah’s younger brother. His primer horn did go to Gerald and is now in my possession along with a reproduction of the original large horn which I made for my dad, Gerald S. Pratt, Jr some twenty years ago.

    Stanton Pratt

    • Mrs. Mecomber says:

      Stanton — thank you for that information. I find it remarkable that old objects often have as interesting genealogies as people! Thanks for visiting.