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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1929 Lake Champlain Bridge Commemorative Exhibit

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 County...
Location: Crown Point, New York
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Adirondack Architectural Heritage

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: Keeseville, New York
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Adirondack History Museum

Adirondack History Museum
May-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm Admission Fee. Elizabethtown's original central school provides ample space for a large collection of artifacts from over 200 years of Essex County history...
Location: Elizabethtown, New York
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Adsit Log Cabin

Adsit Log Cabin
July-Aug, Sat-Sun, 10am-2pm.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...
Location: Willsboro, New York
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Anderson Falls Heritage Society Museum

Anderson Falls Heritage Society Museum
Location: Keeseville, New York
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Champlain Memorial Lighthouse

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: Crown Point, New York
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Chimney Point VT State Historic Site

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 explores...
Location: Crown Point, Vermont
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Crown Point State Historic Site

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...
Location: Crown Point, New York
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Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga
Spend the day, discover the beauty and experience the history at Fort Ticonderoga, located in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York! Your adventure awaits as you discover Ticonderoga’s epic...
Location: Ticonderoga, New York
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Hancock House-Ticonderoga Historical Museum and Walking Tour

Hancock House-Ticonderoga Historical Museum and Walking Tour
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: Ticonderoga, New York
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Historic Essex Walking Tour

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 and...
Location: Essex, New York
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Keeseville Walking Tour

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 throughout...
Location: Keeseville, New York
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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor
Explore 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: Crown Point, Vermont
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Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserves

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 to ferry...
Location: Westport, New York
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North Star Underground Railroad Museum

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: Au Sable Chasm, 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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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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