The Moment a Rebellion Became a Revolution. Fort Ticonderoga Displays Early American Documents
Original documents on display show the news of the Declaration of Independence arriving at the American stronghold of Fort Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga, NY (PRUnderground) July 2nd, 2019
Fort Ticonderoga, located on the banks of Lake Champlain in New York’s Adirondacks was the site of the first American victory during the Revolutionary War. Benedict Arnold’s and Ethan Allen’s capture of the Fort in 1775 gave a much-needed morale boost to the fledgling Continental Army.
On July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, it took time for the news to traverse the rugged wilderness of the 13 colonies. The news spread in letters and newspapers in the days and weeks following the momentous occasion. On display for the first time during this 4th of July celebration will be two documents from the summer of 1776 that show the news arriving this stronghold of the American military.
The writings on display are from John Trumbull, the son of the Governor of Connecticut and John Lacey, a Quaker Captain from Pennsylvania, reacting to the news.
“We are so excited to display a rare piece of American history for Independence Day which allows our visitors an even more enriching experience and understanding of the nation’s military heritage,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO. “The Independence Day celebration at Fort Ticonderoga promises to be an unforgettable experience from the waters of Lake Champlain, the summit of Mount Defiance, and of course inside Fort Ticonderoga, site of America’s first Revolutionary War victory.”
In addition to these unique documents, Fort Ticonderoga staff will give all visitors to the property a truly immersive experience unlike anywhere else. Guided tours are available of the King’s Garden, soldiers’ barracks in addition to musket and cannon demonstrations and fife and drum concerts.
The 4th of July is the perfect time to visit the site of America’s first victory in the U.S. Revolution and march in the footsteps of some of America’s first heroes.
Photos: Copyright and Photo Credit Fort Ticonderoga
About Fort Ticonderoga
Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.