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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.

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.