Key to a Continent

Key to a Continent

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Fort Ticonderoga recently reprinted Fort Ticonderoga: Key to a Continent by Edward P. Hamilton in a 50th-anniversary edition. This classic history of Fort Ticonderoga was first published in 1964, and is the first publication from Ticonderoga Press, Fort Ticonderoga’s new publishing venture.

Hamilton’s Fort Ticonderoga, though somewhat dated, still brings the history of the Ticonderoga peninsula to life. The book spans from Samuel de Champlain’s arrival on the peninsula in 1609 through the restoration of the Fort by Stephen and Sarah Pell. Colonel Hamilton served as Director of the Fort Ticonderoga Museum from 1957 through his death in 1972.

Whether by Samuel de Champlain in 1609 or Ethan Allen in 1775, Ticonderoga was explored, ascended, and defended by water. Now it’s your chance to be a part of this experience! After reading Fort Ticonderoga: Key to a Continent, hop on board Fort Ticonderoga’s 60-foot, 49-passenger tour boat, the Carillon, and explore the perimeter of the Ticonderoga peninsula for yourself! In 90 minutes you can enjoy centuries of stories that floated across this ancient lake. Set between the Green and Adirondack Mountains, tours on the Carillon explore not only the epic 18th-century military stories, but also the maritime heritage of the 19th and 20th century. From the 1777 American bridge piers to remains of railroads, side-scanning sonar will allow you to literally get a picture of the archaeological wealth that surrounds Ticonderoga.