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Winter Time At Fort William Henry

January 2nd, 2014 by Tom Wysocki

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February is coming soon, in Lake George this means time for fun on the ice at the Winter Carnival! Every weekend in February there are great activities, events and competitions that take place on frozen Lake George. Come join us for food, fun and Winter festivities for the whole family!

Cook off challenges this year are:

  • 1st Weekend: Chili Cook Off
  • 2nd Weekend: BBQ Cook Off
  • 3rd Weekend: Chowder Cook Off (Our executive chef, Tony Teta, won First Place in this competition in 2012 with his Sweet Corn and Rock Shrimp Chowder!)
  • 4th Weekend: Chicken Wing Cook Off (Chef Tony won Second Place in 2012 with his Honey Habanero Garlic Wings!)

Cast your vote and enjoy some HOT award winning food during your day on the ice.

winter-carnival-balloonWeather Depending, the lake will be frozen enough for some exciting competitions including: motorcycle races (third weekend) and car races(fourth weekend).

There are tons of activities for the whole family including:

And every Saturday at 6:30, there’s a huge fireworks display.
Don’t miss all the fun at the Lake George Winter Carnival!

 

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.

Fireworks – No better spot to see them!

May 17th, 2013 by James Hood

fireworksThe Village of Lake George has fireworks on the Fourth of July and every Thursday after that for the rest of the summer. The fireworks are launched from a barge just a few hundred yards offshore. They light up the lake and the noise echoes of the surrounding mountains. One word: spectacular.

The Fort William Henry Hotel has the best view of the lake. Therefore, the FWH Hotel the best view of the fireworks.

Don’t fight for parking a half dozen blocks away. Don’t fight the traffic after it’s over. Don’t lug chairs (with kiddies it tow) like a herd of cattle.

View the fireworks with us. Park in our large lot. Sit on our landscaped lawn or on one of our wicker chairs on the Veranda. Enjoy a cocktail at the Veranda Bar and take in the amazing show. Doesn’t that sound so much nicer?  Ooh and aah if you agree…

If you are staying in one of our lake view rooms, you have a clear view of the show right from your room. It would be like your very own private fireworks show!! How romantic is that?

Book your room online or by calling 1-800-234-0267.

When you think of fireworks, think of the Fort William Henry Hotel. You can’t beat it. You just can’t.

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.

Booking your stay for Americade

March 29th, 2013 by James Hood

Row of motorcycles at Americade - Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, Lake George, New YorkWell, it is almost April, but we’re already thinking about Americade which is June 3rd through 8th. Americade has become the world’s largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally, and, once again, the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center is very proud and excited to be the official headquarters for Americade 2013.

Almost all of the events, the vendor booths and the demo rides are located on the Fort William Henry property. You MUST register and have a wristband to be allowed on property.

ONLY the Fort William Henry offers a discounted Americade wristband. No one else, not even Americade, sells a discounted full week Americade wristband! When you book online at www.fortwilliamhenry.com, we will automatically include an Americade full week wristband for only $60.

Motorcycle Row at Americade - Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, Lake George, New YorkWe strongly suggest that you make your reservations by calling the Fort William Henry Hotel at 800-234-0267 and ask for the “Americade Package.” The online booking engine through the FWH website is set up ONLY for room reservations. If you book a room through the website, you must them contact Americade to register to receive your wristband.

Back by popular demand is the Motorcycle Stunt Show. This always draws big crowds. This year, we will have the Smage Brothers who appeared on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Each year, there has been a different trick rider and this year’s show will be bigger and better and crazier! BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE A WRISTBAND to see it! Here’s a video from last year – Americade 2012: Americade Motorcycle Stunt Show Part 1

 

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.

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.

Where’s the Love this Valentine’s Day?!

February 5th, 2013 by James Hood

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A quick review of the Wikipedia entry about Valentine’s Day provides a daunting view for the holiday’s future. Oh, there will always be a Valentine’s Day, but where’s the love?!

Valentine’s Day has been associated with romance and lovers since the Middle Ages. By the 15th century, it was common practice to send flowers, candy and hand-written notes or cards with heartfelt expressions of love.

According to the U.S. Greeting Card Association, an estimated 15 million e-valentines were sent online in 2010. We can only hope that most of those were sent by grandparents to their grandkids or friend to friend… co-worker to co-worker.

Where’s the love in “Have a Smurfy Valentine’s Day”?

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Here is the Fort William Henry Hotel’s “Recipe for Romance”

– Place 2 hearts in a beautiful setting

– Add a gourmet meal

– Toss in some wine

– Let simmer until hot

– Serve by candlelight

Executive Chef Anthony Teta has put together a spectacular menu for this Valentine’s Day, and we’re making it available on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th as well. Entrees include Sauteed Duck Breast, Filet Mignon, Tandoori Tuna, Broiled Twin Lobster Tails, and Braised Veal Osso Buco.

Dinner reservations can be made by calling 964-6614.

But why stop there? Show your sweetheart just how in love you are by going “all in” this Valentine’s Day.

Book one of our Lakeview Rooms to complete this special evening. We have a limited number of Jacuzzi Suites and Fireplace Suites available for the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Celebration. Room reservations can be made by calling 518-668-3081 or by booking online.