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French and Indian War Reenactment Activities in Lake George this weekend

August 12th, 2013 by James Hood

The Fort William Henry Museum and Restoration and the French and Indian War Society are sponsoring a reenactment this weekend. Reenactors from throughout the Northeast region will be coming to the Lake George to take part in the activities. Most of the events are free and open to the public. The exception is the 18th Century Colonial Dinner/Dance on Saturday night, which is $15 per person.

British forcesThe events kick off on Thursday with a free lecture at 7:00 pm at the Fort William Henry Conference Center. Tom Shanahan will be the speaker for “War of 1812: Uncle Sam’s First War.”

Most of the camps will be set up at Battlefield Park, as well as on the grounds of the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center. Battle reenactments will take place at 2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Drills and skirmishes will take place at 11:00 am on both of those days.

The entire schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday Aug 15th “War of 1812: Uncle Sam’s First War” at 7:00 pm
Presenter: Tom Shanahan
FWH Conference Center, Canada St, Lake George
Lecture free and open to the public; refreshments

Friday Aug 16th Scottish Night – music begins 7:30 pm
Elgin Pipe Band (bagpipes and drums)
FWH Hotel, lakeside lawn
Free and open to the public; cash bar open

MarchingSaturday, Aug 17 French and Indian War Encampment
Lake George Battlefield Park
Open to the public: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Skirmish: 11:00 am
Battle reenactment: 2:00 pm

18th century Colonial Dinner/dance
Music by: Courtly Music Unlimited and Elgin Pipe Band
7:00 pm Fort William Henry museum
(Reservation required, seating very limited $15 per person)

Sunday, Aug 18th French and Indian War Encampment
Lake George Battlefield Park
Open to the public: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Skirmish: 11:00 am
Battle reenactment: 2:00 pm

Fort William Henry was built by the British during the French and Indian War (1754-1763) as an outpost to secure its colonies’ northern border against the French. In 1757, French forces under the Marquis de Montcalm moved south from their base at Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga) and lay siege to the fort. After six days of fighting, during which the fort’s cannons and mortar burst from overuse, and with little chance of reinforcements from Fort Edward, Lt. Col Monro was forced to surrender to Montcalm.

The Fort William Henry Museum and Restoration is located at 48 Canada Street, Lake George, New York. For additional information, please call 518-964-6626.


History Comes Alive at Fort William Henry

June 18th, 2013 by James Hood

The Fort William Henry Museum and Restoration has added a new feature – Living History!!


Step back in time at Fort William Henry. What was like to be at the outpost in the wilderness in 1757; the hardships and fears of being the front line in defense of the British Colonies from French invaders? Talk with those that were there!

Meet a British soldier of the 35th Regiment of Foot, sent to the New World to fight the long-standing enemy of Britain and finding yourself in an area very different than your homeland.

Talk with a French soldier who has traveled south from New France with the army of Montcalm, who will soon lay siege to Fort William Henry.

Ask the Ranger about the different tactics they learned from the Native American people who lived here that changed the way war is fought. Tactics that are still in use today with the modern military.

Listen as a soldier of the 42nd Highland Regiment plays the bagpipes to rally the men’s spirits and lead them into battle.

Learn the important part women played at the 18th century fortress and entrenched camp. These women kept the army clothed and fed while enduring great hardship.

History is alive at Fort William Henry! Open daily 9:00 am – 7:00 pm with tours on the hour (last tour begins at 5:00 pm). Call 518-668-5471 for more information.

Improvements to Fort William Henry Museum in the works

February 19th, 2013 by James Hood

Aerial View of Fort William HenryJust to the east of the Fort William Henry Hotel‘s Premium Wing is the Fort William Henry Museum and Restoration. This popular attraction has entertained and educated several thousand tourists and locals since the 1950s.

The restored fort is located on the site of the original fort which played a major role in the French and Indian War in the mid-1750s. Its log construction is painstakingly maintained on a yearly basis and archaeological work continues to unearth buttons and bullets from the fort’s time as well as tools from earlier Native American settlements at the site.

The upcoming 2013 Season

The fort has always featured guides dressed in period uniforms. However, the upcoming 2013 season will feature an effort to create more of a living history experience, in a similar vein as Colonial Williamsburg and Mount Vernon.

soldiers-firing-musketsAs part of that effort, there will be two encampments featuring re-enactors from all over the Northeast region. The first will be in mid-August with a smaller one in mid-September.

Other scheduled improvements include updates to many of the displays, including the Underwater Archaeology on Lake George exhibit which opened last year with the help of Joe Zarzynski and John Farrell from Bateaux Below.

The popular Ghost Tour will also be improved and expanded. This family-friendly tour by candlelight takes place evenings during the summer. The fort and surrounding grounds are popular with paranormal enthusiasts and it was featured in an episode of Ghost Hunters on the SyFy Channel.

Put the Fort William Henry Museum and Restoration on your list of Things to Do in Lake George.