Saturday, September 26, 2009

Fort Ticonderoga...


The United States flag flies over Fort Ticonderoga today, but it was not always so. These historical buildings must be dizzy from changing hands so often. Here just some of the names of people who have entered through the gates of Fort Ticonderoga. As I stood there on Wednesday I could almost hear the voices!


The buildings are fascinating... to think that our ancestors lived and fought and died in these yards and fields here...


A guide in Revolutionary War dress gave a demonstration of the steps of firing a muzzle loader gun. In this day of modern weapons to think of taking nearly a half a minute to load and fire a gun is amazing.



One of the Fort's cannon pointing strategically toward the narrow area of Lake Champlain.

My visit found a very small group of people on the fort's grounds as the summer tourists are gone, children back in school. It gave me time to walk through the buildings and over the grounds at my own pace, soaking up our history. Maybe it was the best time of the year to visit?


20 comments:

NCmountainwoman said...

Much as I love children, I do not like visiting historic sites when the schools are taking field trips! Like you, I love wandering and dreaming about those olden days. Great photographs.

A New England Life said...

I believe you're right Cedar, it's definitely the best time of year to visit! Everything is still green and beautiful but there's no one to bother you.

Great old fort! Our local Fort Constitution hasn't been cared for nearly as well. It's just a shame.

30 seconds to load ... yes, times sure have changed.

Sharon

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Cedar, How's life with you this week? Are you back in the computer lab?

George would LOVE to see that fort. He said that that is where Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys captured the fort from the British during the Revolutionary War.

Great post. Thanks!
Hugs,
Betsy

Carolyn said...

I love autumn for that reason....it is beautiful and peaceful and relaxed for travel and visiting. This is a great post and your photos are wonderful Cedar. We really do not know how good we have it and what our forefathers went through to give us what we have, if we did we wouldn't be so frivolous with our freedoms.
Smiles and blessings

dog trot farm said...

Yes, it is a lovely historic site. A few years ago my husband and I toured the Shelburne Muesum in Vermont. Deciding to talk a drive we ended up at Fort Ticonderoga. It was not opened for the season, but we did a quick walk of the grounds. I would live to return and experience a reinactment. Just beautiful.

Small Pines said...

Those are *wonderful* shots of Fort Ti! Terrific. You're making me want to visit again. I think Fall is just about the best time of year period!

Char said...

looks like a great place to explore - so much history. I like exploring more when it is less crowded too.

montucky said...

Yes, I would think this would be an excellent time to visit. More peaceful and a much slower pace, yet the beauty of late summer remains.

Beth Niquette said...

Beautiful pictures--wonderful history lesson--Cedar I really enjoyed reading your blog this morning.

People seem to forget that those who have gone before had feelings, lived their lives, fought for justice and won.

Wow.

itsmynature said...

Appreciate you taking us along to Fort Ticonderoga. Enjoyed the little trip.

www.itsmynaturephotography.com/blog/

My WordPress Blog is inactive and I can't seem to link to the above, Cedar.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Definitely best to visit when everyone else is back at school or work. I love your gypsy life!! (I'll try not to be jealous but I'm not sure I'm that big of a person. lol)

Hey, thanks for the note but I KNOW we're friends. I miss you but I'm SO GLAD you've had a great time!

Shelley said...

I love stepping back in history! You shared some really nice photos of the fort!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Some really beautiful and lovely shots !! What a nice post !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

alskamom said...

What a historic place. Your photos are wonderful, Cedar!

Islandsparrow said...

Very interesting post - I just watched the John Adams mini-series and learned quite a bit about your history. I have the book on order from the library. I loved the conversations - the language was so rich.

Tammie Lee said...

These places hold so much history, such a strong spirit of time long gone.

troutbirder said...

Great post! Legend has it that when Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen entered and captured the fort a suprised British commander opened his door to inquire what was going on in his p.j's!

Bill said...

Thanks for the tour. If we ever get up that way we will have to visit. I love historic sites.

Bill

Anne said...

I love Ft. Ticonderoga! I guess it's time for another visit, since I can't actually recall the last time I visited it.

Mountain Woman of Red Pine Mountain said...

What an incredible place and I agree with you about visiting places after the children are back in school. Although there is something wonderful about the excitement of children, it's also nice to be able to contemplate history in quiet surroundings.