Heritage and activities to enjoy

History, tours, museums, and attractions

The Lake Champlain Region boasts 400 years of history — from America's early explorers to the Revolutionary War and beyond. Throughout the region, there are museums, historic sites, buildings, bridges, and other Lake Champlain attractions that serve as testaments to the region's storied past.

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Walking tours: Guided and on your own

One of the best ways to get a sense of the past is to walk through the area's historic towns and villages. The region's history is written in structures — from churches and lighthouses to family homes and libraries — most of which has preserved Greek and Federal architecture. Take a walking tour of one of the hamlets, including Keeseville, Port Henry, Westport, and Essex, an entire village that is on the National Register of Historic Places. You'll find shops, art galleries, restaurants, and more along the way.

Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point

Discover how America changed the course of world history with a visit to the French and British war forts of Ticonderoga and Crown Point. Explore the ruins, walk through the museums, and attend military encampments, demonstrations, and historic reenactments. Both sites were strongholds during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.

Museums

Visitors can also explore the region's many museums including the Hancock House-Ticonderoga Historical Museum, Penfield Homestead Museum, the Iron Center Museum, Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, the 1812 Homestead Museum, or the Adirondack History Center Museum. Follow the story of the Lake Champlain Region's iron use, the USS Monitor, and the Civil War. Or attend one of the many Lake Champlain events that celebrate the region's legendary history.

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Keeseville Walking Tour

Booklet available from: Adirondack Architectural Heritage. Fee for booklet.

The first dam at Anderson Falls on the AuSable River was built in 1808 to power a sawmill. Since that time, and...

Location: 
1 Mill Street, Keeseville, 12944
Hancock House-Ticonderoga Historical Museum

July-Aug, Daily, 10am-4pm. Sept-June, Wed-Sat, 10am-4pm. Donation.

The Georgian-style Hancock House, an exact replica of Thomas Hancock's (John Hancock's uncle) former Beacon Hill home in...

Location: 
6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga, 12883
North Star Underground Railroad Museum

The Museum and the Center are open 7 days a week, from 11 am to 4 pm from the last Saturday in May until the last Saturday in October. The Museum can be opened for private tours by appointment...

Location: 
1131 Mace Chasm Road, Au Sable Chasm, 12911
Adirondack Architectural Heritage

Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the nonprofit historic preservation organization for the Adirondacks. AARCH was formed in 1990 with a mission to promote better public understanding,...

Location: 
1745 Main Street, Keeseville, 12944
Port Henry Walking Tour

Brochures available at The Iron Center or at the Town Hall, Park Place, Port Henry.

Explore Port Henry's historic downtown and learn about Moriah's industrial legacy on A Walk Through...

Location: 
14 Park Place, Port Henry, 12974
1929 Lake Champlain Bridge Commemorative Exhibit

The exhibit tells the life story of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge and interprets the historic toll collector's house, operating as the Lake Champlain Visitors Center by the Lake Placid/Essex...

Location: 
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
Adirondack History Museum

Elizabethtown's original central school provides ample space for a large collection of artifacts from over 200 years of Essex County history and culture. The 2017 seasonal exhibits include “...

Location: 
7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown, 12932
Westport Walking Tour

This tour will guide you through the evolution of Westport from its early industrial and agricultural beginnings to a summer resort that has responded to dramatic changes in expectations for rest...

Location: 
1 Main Street, Westport, 12993
Carillon Boat Cruises
Location: 

POB 390, Ticonderoga, 12883
The Iron Center Museum

End of June to Columbus Day, Mon/Tues/Wed, 12-2pm. Thur/Fri/Sat, 12-3pm. Donation.

Railroad and mining history exhibits are presented by the Town of Moriah Historical Society in a restored...

Location: 
34 Park Place, Port Henry, 12974
Chimney Point VT State Historic Site

The Chimney Point State Historic Site is located on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain at the foot of the 2011 Lake Champlain Bridge, one of the most dramatic gateways to Vermont. The site...

Location: 
Route 17, Crown Point, 05491
Anderson Falls Heritage Society Museum
Location: 
96 Clinton Street, Keeseville, 12944
Penfield Homestead Museum

Museum of local history. Birthplace of the Electric Age. 1826 homestead, carriage barn, church, threshing barn, cow barn. Take our historic walking tour along the edge of Putnam's Creek. Fishing...

Location: 
703 Creek Road, Crown Point, 12928
Crown Point State Historic Site

Hours:

  • The museum is open daily from mid-May to mid-October, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from ...
Location: 
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, 12928
Adsit Log Cabin

The Adsit Log Cabin is reputed to be one of the oldest surviving log cabins in its original location in the United States. The carefully preserved and restored log cabin was built in the early...

Location: 
Willsboro Point Road, Willsboro, 12996
Fort Ticonderoga Historic Site

Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience. Bring the family and experience history come alive by land and by water! Spend the day and discover all that...

Location: 
Route 74 East
102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor

Explore the vibrant history and characters of the Champlain Valley. View a large collection of original small watercraft built over the last 150 years. Learn about the largest collection of wooden...

Location: 
4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, 05491
Champlain Memorial Lighthouse

The site of the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse has a rich historic past. It was originally occupied by a windmill, built by the French in 1737. The Champlain Memorial Lighthouse rises from a small...

Location: 
NYS DEC Campground
Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
Ticonderoga Heritage Museum

Ticonderoga history is inexorably linked to paper mills, graphite mining and pencils. The museum is housed in the former main office of International Paper Company, the area’s largest industry and...

Location: 
137 Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga, 12883
Willsboro Heritage Center Museum

The Willsboro Heritage Society, Inc. was first formed in 1974 to study the history of Willsboro and create an interest in the town's colorful past. The group is dedicted to preserving information...

Location: 
6 Gillilland Lane
POB 212, Willsboro, 12996
Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserves

Contact the NYS DEC or the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Basin Harbor, VT for information. Call 518-897-1200 for a detailed brochure.

The Champlain II, launched in 1868, was first used...

Location: 
, Westport, 12993
Historic Bridges of the AuSable

Booklet available from: Friends of the North Country. Fee for booklet.

Seventeen Ausable River bridges are listed on the National Register, the first such group listing in New York...

Location: 
1A Mill Street, Keeseville, 12944
Ticonderoga Historical Society
Location: 
6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga, 12883
Historic Essex Walking Tour

Walking Tour Map of Essex-Free

The entire village of Essex is on the National Register of Historic Places. Essex is full of well-preserved 19th century brick and stone homes, churches, inns...

Location: 

Boquet Road, ,
Port Henry-Moriah Historic Buildings

An historic collection of a wide array of architectural styles throughout the village.

Location: 
Park Place, Port Henry, 12974