Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fort Ticonderoga and King's Garden

At the southern end of Lake Champlain at the NY and VT border is Fort Ticonderoga. The fort, formerly Ft. Carillon, is a large 18th century fort built by the Canadians and the French.

It was originally constructed in 1754 and 1757 during the French-Indian War.

Located at the narrows near the south-end of Lake Champlain, it was of strategic importance during the 18th century conflicts between Great Britain and France, and again played a role during the American Revolutionary War.

The musket of Ethan Allan, leader of the Green Mountain Boys. When the Revolutionary War broke out, Allen and the Boys captured Ft. Ticonderoga from the British in May 1775.

Below the Fort, is King's Garden established by the Pell family. The beautiful garden is located behind the Pavilion, a former hotel and estate for the family on the shores of Lake Champlain.

Unfortunately, the Pavilion is in decay and need of restoration. The gardens are well maintained and in excellent condition. Future plans call for the restoration of the Pavilion.

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