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 History Museum

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 2016 exhibits include Essex County...
Location: Elizabethtown, New York
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Adsit Log Cabin

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 1790s...
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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Carillon Boat Cruises

Carillon Boat Cruises
Step on board the Carillon and immerse yourself in the wake of history along Lake Champlain! Whether by Samuel de Champlain in 1609 or Ethan Allen in 1775, Ticonderoga was explored, ascended ...
Location: Ticonderoga, 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
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 -...
Location: Crown Point, New York
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Fort Ticonderoga Historic Site

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 Fort...
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 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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Penfield Homestead Museum

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: Crown Point, New York
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Port Henry Walking Tour

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 History, a self-...
Location: Port Henry, New York
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The Iron Center Museum

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 carriage...
Location: Port Henry, New York
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Ticonderoga Heritage Museum

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...
Location: Ticonderoga, New York
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Westport Walking Tour

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 and...
Location: Westport, New York
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Willsboro Heritage Center Museum

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 deducted to preserving information,...
Location: Willsboro, New York
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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 State. Crossing the...
Location: Keeseville, 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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