Crown Point State Historic Site

Museum: May 9-Oct 12, daily, 9am-5pm, closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Grounds: YR, Mon-Fri, 9-5pm. Admission Fee at Museum.

The French and the British both built forts at this strategic location on Lake Champlain. In 1734, the French built Fort St. Frederic, with a huge four-story stone octagon, the walls of which were 12 feet thick and cannons lined every floor. The Fort was repeatedly threatened by the British in 1755-58, they occupied the site in 1759, immediately after the French destroyed their own fort and retreated to Montreal. The British immediately started work on their own fort, which was the largest British stronghold ever constructed in North America.

The museum provides an introduction to the site and its history with exhibits and an audio-visual presentation. The ruins of the British fort include massive limestone barracks, high earthen fort walls, and redoubt ruins. Special Events: military encampments and demonstrations.

Within the DEC campground, across the road from the fort area, is a historic lighthouses in Crown Point State Park. The Crown Point Lighthouse was established in 1858. In 1912,it was transformed into the commemorative Champlain Memorial Lighthouse featuring a bronze statue of Samuel Champlain and an original Auguste Rodin bronze sculpture named "La France".

Just across the Lake Champlain Bridge is Chimney Point State Historic Site which features an exhibit on Woodlands Indians (Western Abenaki) peoples who lived in what is now Vermont.

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