Heritage & Activities to Enjoy

History, Tours, Museums & Attractions

The Lake Champlain Region boasts 400 years of history that spans from America's early explorers to the revolutionary war and beyond. Throughout the region, there are museums, historic sites, buildings and bridges and diverse Lake Champlain attractions that serve as testaments to the region's storied past.

Fort Ticonderoga & 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.

Walking Tours- Guided & 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— featuring 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.

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, among others. 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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1812 Homestead Museum

1812 Homestead Museum
The 1812 Homestead Farm...
Location: Willsboro, NY
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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 ...
Location: Crown Point, NY
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Adirondack History Center Museum

Adirondack History Center Museum
May-Oct, Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pmAdmission Fee.Elizabethtown's original central school provides ample space for a large collection ...
Location: Elizabethtown, NY
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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 ...
Location: Willsboro, NY
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Anderson Falls Heritage Society Museum

Anderson Falls Heritage Society Museum
Location: Keeseville, NY
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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 ...
Location: Crown Point, NY
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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, ...
Location: Crown Point, VT
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Crown Point State Historic Site

Crown Point State Historic Site
Museum: May 15-Oct 16, daily, 9am-5pm, closed Tuesday...
Location: Crown Point, NY
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Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga
Fort Ticonderoga: World-renowned 18th Century stone fort built by the French in 1755 located in the Adirondack Park in Upstate New York. ...
Location: Ticonderoga, NY
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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 ...
Location: Ticonderoga, NY
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Historic Essex Walking Tour

Historic Essex Walking Tour
Walking Tour Map of Essex-Free Essex: An Architectural Guide-$4The entire village of Essex is on the National Register of Historic ...
Location: Essex, NY
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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 ...
Location: Keeseville, NY
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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 ...
Location: Crown Point, VT
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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 ...
Location: Westport, NY
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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 9 am to 5 pm from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. The Museum can be opened for ...
Location: Ausable Chasm, NY
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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.