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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.

 

Fort William Henry expands Ghost Tours for Paranormal Enthusiasts

June 25th, 2013 by James Hood

Ghost Tour - arm scratches textThe Fort William Henry Museum and Restoration has added a second ghost tour for this season to appeal to the surging popularity around paranormal investigations.

The fort will continue to offer a family-friendly tour each night at 7:00 p.m. This is a walking tour of the grounds around the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, as well as some nearby locations in Lake George Village. Visitors will be treated to stories about some of the spirits that still inhabit the area.

A newly-developed ghost tour has been added at 9:00 p.m. This tour is intended for adults only. It takes place within the fort and focuses on paranormal investigations that have taken place on the property. There is also an overview of paranormal investigation methods and equipment.

Fort William Henry has been featured on the SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” and hosted “Preserving the Haunt – Para History Con” this past April. Glory Haunt Hounds and Beyond Ghosts co-sponsored that event, which included several experts in the field.

According to John Tobin from Glory Haunt Hounds, “The paranormal activity was very high and almost everyone had an experience. The Fort did not disappoint on a paranormal level.”

Reservations are required for both tours and can be made by calling 518-964-6649.

The Fort William Henry Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with guided tours on the hour. The last tour begins at 5:00 p.m.

The Fort William Henry Museum and Restoration is located at 48 Canada Street, Lake George, New York. For additional information, please call 518-668-6626 or visit their website.

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!!

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.

After the Con – Wrap up of the Para History Convention

May 1st, 2013 by James Hood

Adam-Berry-Ghost-HuntersHere is a report from John Tobin, one of the organizers of the “Preserving the Haunt – Para History Con” which took place at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center on April 26 and 27, 2013. The event was sponsored by Glory Haunt Hounds and Beyond Ghosts.

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Overall the event was a success. The convention had great foot traffic and our vendors, fans and celebrities were very pleased. The lecture rooms were full and many who attended – in particular the majority of celebrity guests -cited the convention as “the best that had ever been to.”

The featured celebrities included Adam Berry (SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters”), Joe Chin (SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters International”), John Zaffis (SyFy’s “Haunted Collector”), and Rachel Hoffman and Tina Storer from Paranormal Xpeditions.

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The Ghost Hunt at the Fort William Henry Museum was great. It was very cold but most people stuck it out for the majority of the event. The (paranormal) activity was very high and almost everyone had an experience.

The ammunition area was particularly active with disembodied voices, and feelings of being lightheaded. The other very active area was the dungeon where reports of feelings of being touched, disembodied voices and feeling of being watched and followed.

The Fort did not disappoint on a paranormal level.

Many thanks to Fred Austin and Lauren Sheridan at the Fort for their amazing support and hard work.

Paranormal Convention at Fort William Henry in April

February 27th, 2013 by James Hood

FWH Rev 2-11-13 smallOn Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th, 2013, Upstate NY paranormal groups Glory Haunt Hounds and Beyond Ghosts will be hosting a celebrity filled weekend for Paranormal and Historical enthusiast alike. “Preserving the Haunt” Para-History Con will be held at Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center.

Celebrities who will be attending are John Zaffis and Brian Cano from SyFy’s Haunted Collector, Joe Chin from Ghost Hunters International, Adam Berry from Ghost Hunters, Aaron Sagers from Paranormal Paparazzi & Paranormal Pop Culture, John Tenney from A&E and Teenage Psychic Cassidy Rae. Other local celebrities such as Rev. Tim Shaw of Para-X’s The Black Cat Lounge, Chris Di Cesare of SyFy’s School Spirits and C2D1 Hauntings and John Tobin of Para-X’s “Keeping the Spirits Alive!”…and several others!

The weekend begins with a Celebrity Hosted VIP party on Friday night beginning at 7pm. The night also includes a DJ, Cash Bar and Ghost Walks of the Fort. Tickets are limited, advance purchase requested. Tickets for this event are $40pp.

The “Preserving the Haunt” Para-History Con will be held Saturday, April 27th 10am – 6pm and will feature many vendors, lectures by celebrity guests, movie screenings of “Please, talk with me”; a true account of the C2D1 hauntings that took place at SUNY GENESEO in the 1980’s and “Shattered Hopes” the true story of the Amityville murders. Tickets are $40pp.

Join the celebrities again on Saturday night at 8pm until Midnight for a Ghost Investigation of Fort William Henry! Tickets are limited, advance purchase requested. Tickets for this event are $50pp.

We are also offering ‘all inclusive’ packages which include 2 nights’ luxury accommodations at Fort William Henry and tickets to all of the weekend’s events! $300 pp + taxes. Vendor spots are also still available.
For more information and purchase tickets please to go www.gloryhaunthounds.com or www.beyondghosts.com .

The lectures will be based around great historic locations that each speaker has experienced, and a focus on how the paranormal community can help in preserving these great locations, each will be interactive and include a Q&A session for the fans.

We have vendors ranging from Paranormal Teams from all across the country, to Jewelry sellers, Psychic mediums, Wood Carvers and many many more.

What is Para-History?

Para-History is a term used to describe historic locations with a Paranormal history. What we hope to accomplish is leverage our paranormal research in hopes of raising awareness to great historical locations buy taking the popularity of the Paranormal and reminding people how important it is to preserve and remember these great locations, and and our slogan is “Keeping the Spirits Alive” with a goal to keep the spirit of these great places in the forefront of the mind of lovers of the Paranormal

It is important to “Preserve the Haunt” because if we in the Paranormal community can give back and help the great historic locations that have helped us to conduct our research, the great heritage and history of the locations will be passed on for many more generations to come and hopefully not neglected or forgotten about.