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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Adirondack Architectural Heritage

Adirondack Architectural Heritage
Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the nonprofit historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park. AARCH was formed ...
Location: Keeseville, New York
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Port Henry-Moriah Historic Buildings

Port Henry-Moriah Historic Buildings
An historic collection of a wide array of architectural styles throughout the village.
Location: Port Henry, New York
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Historic Forts

With two historic forts in the Champlain Valley: Fort Ticonderoga and Fort Crown Point, there is plenty for your family to learn and explore!

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Experience the Past Today!

Take a Ski through History

Read Elizabeth Lee's blog post on cross-country skiing at the Crown Point State Historic Site

 

Iron Center Museum 

Discover the world beneath your feet! Read Suzanne Maye's blog post.

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