(Ticonderoga, NY) Join Fort Ticonderoga and the King's Garden to celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes of fall on Saturday, September 29. Bring the whole family to the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival for a full day of autumn fun! Experience the power and thunder of hooves through demonstrations of equestrian sports and working horses; take part in family-fun activities including sack races; and explore the splendor of the King's Garden at the annual plant sale and harvest market. The day will not be complete without a visit to Fort Ticonderoga's highly acclaimed Heroic Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure where visitors explore the six acre corn maze designed in the shape of the Fort and find their way through the maze by selecting the correct answers to clues connected to the Fort's history! Admission to the Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival is included with Fort Ticonderoga's general admission ticket. Fort Ticonderoga is open from 9:30 am until 5 pm daily. For a complete event schedule visit www.fortticonderoga.org or call 518-585-2821.
The King's Garden, a beautiful Colonial Revival garden built in celebration of the Fort's 18th-century garrison garden, will be alive with fall color and food during the Festival. The annual plant sale and harvest market will be set in the garden's stunning autumn floral scenery. Get ready for your fall planting and decorating desires with an array of perennials, fruits, vegetables, pumpkins, gourds and other fall favorites. Featured in the Garden will be horticulture expert, Dr. Leonard Perry of the University of Vermont, talking about planting garden bulbs and the delicate art of forcing bulbs to bloom in winter in his presentation "A Planting Primer for Spring Bulbs." Purchase fall-planted bulbs at Brent & Becky's Bulbs and they will make a donation to Fort Ticonderoga!
The Festival will feature favorite local vendors including Harrington's Greenhouse, with pumpkins, winter squash and unique gourds; Herbanna's assortment of dried herbs, dip mixes, and other spice blends; Champlain Orchard's apples, vegetables, and cider; and handmade baskets by the Mountain Weavers' Guild and Cabot Cheese will offer tastings of a wide selection of their famous cheeses. Enjoy a family trip through the Heroic Corn Maze, set amidst the beautiful Adirondack foliage, and Ticonderoga's epic history as a back drop.
The Heritage Harvest and Horse Festival will also highlight the role of horses as part of Fort Ticonderoga's and the Champlain Valley's history. From farm horses to cavalry mounts, visitors will have the opportunity to meet some of these beautiful four-legged animals and learn about their important role in the region's history. Demonstrations taking place throughout the day include the production of hay bales with a 19th - century horse-powered hay press. Visitors will also see how cavalry troops used horses in battle and learn how horses were used in the traditional English sport of fox hunting.
9:30 AM Fort Opens to Visitors
Harvest and Horse Events
10 AM to 4 PM Plant Sale and Harvest Market in the King's Garden
10 AM to 5 PM Heroic Corn Maze Open Adjacent to the King's Garden
11 AM to 2 PM Grilled items, drinks, and more available near Garden
11 AM & 1 PM Talk with Doctor Leonard Perry in the King's Garden
12 PM, 1:30 PM & 3 PM Horse presentations in the King's Garden
11:30 AM & 2:30 PM King's Garden Tours
12:30 PM & 3:30 PM Sack Races in the King's Garden
Fort Daily Schedule
10:15 AM Guided Tour of Fort Ticonderoga
11 AM Musket Demonstration
1:15 PM Guided Tour of Fort Ticonderoga
2 PM Musket Demonstration
3:45 PM Fort Guided Tour
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga's history. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 18 through October 18. The 2012 season features the Fort's newest exhibit Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America's Colonial Wars and Revolution which highlights over 150 of the museum's most important weapons and is a comprehensive and expanded reinterpretation of its world renowned historic arms collection! Visit www.FortTiconderoga.org for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Funding for the 2012 season is provided in part by Amtrak. Visit http://www.fortticonderoga.org/visit/directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer! Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.
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Photo: Visitors celebrate fall in a beautiful Adirondack setting located on Lake Champlain at Fort Ticonderoga's Heritage Harvest and Horse Festival, September 29th!