Historic sites, tours, museums, and attractions

The Lake Champlain Region boasts more than 400 years of history — from Native Americans and 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 Revival and Federal architecture. Take a walking tour of one of the hamlets, such as Keeseville, Port Henry, Westport, or Essex, an entire hamlet that is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are plenty of 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. While Fort Ticonderoga is closed in the winter, it does open on select days for special events, including living history events, workshops, and lectures that are well worth the visit.


The region also has many museums, including the Hancock House-Ticonderoga Historical Museum, Penfield Homestead Museum, Iron Center Museum, Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, and the Adirondack History 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.


Ironville Walking Tour

First named Irondale, this area is known as the “Birthplace of the Electric Age”, since it was here that the first industrial application of electricity in the United States took place.


703 Creek Rd, Crown Point, 12928
Hancock House-Ticonderoga Historical Museum

The Georgian-style Hancock House, an exact replica of Thomas Hancock's (John Hancock's uncle) former Beacon Hill home in Boston, was built as a home for the New York Historical Association. The...

6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga, 12883
LaChute River Walk


LaChute River Walk Trailhead: Ticonderoga Heritage Museum - 4 miles RT, Easy Walk


This level path is equally scenic in the winter.

Nature and...

Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga, 12883
Historic Walking Tour of Essex

The entire hamlet of Essex is on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a walking tour of one of the most intact collection of pre-Civil War architecture in America.

This charming...

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Elizabethtown Walking Tour

First known as Pleasant Valley, Elizabethtown was first settled in 1798, by veterans of the Revolutionary War. Its development as the county seat resulted in many striking homes built by the...

, Elizabethtown, 12932
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...

1 Main Street, Westport, 12993
Ticonderoga Walking Tour

Ticonderoga began with the fort and was soon a center of paper production. It has more than three dozen buildings listed on the National Register. The former Agway building (1879), no longer in...

, Ticonderoga, 12883
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...

1 Mill Street, Keeseville, 12944
Willsboro Walking Tour

Willsboro was first settled in 1765, as Willsborough Falls, or simply, “The Falls.” Ironworks from 1801 was a major economic driver. Most of the buildings seen today were constructed between the...

, Willsboro, 12996
Port Henry-Moriah Historic Buildings

Port Henry was one of the wealthiest villages in New York in the late19th century. Those high up in the Witherbee & Sherman Mining Company could afford the finest.

History and Heritage...

Park Place, Port Henry, 12974
Port Henry Walking Tour

Explore Port Henry's historic downtown and learn about Moriah's industrial legacy on A Walk Through History, a self-guided walking tour. The architectural walking tour section of the brochure...

14 Park Place, Port Henry, 12974
History s'Peaks

Looking for a new adventure that will let you explore the Adirondacks and learn cool things? Get in on the latest challenge! New in 2021, History s'Peaks is an Adirondack museum challenge in the...

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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...

703 Creek Road, Crown Point, 12928
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...

NYS DEC Campground
Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
North Star Underground Railroad Museum

The Museum and the Center are open 7 days a week, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the last Saturday in May until the last Saturday in October.

The museum can be opened for private tours by...

1131 Mace Chasm Road, Au Sable Chasm, 12911
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...

Route 17, Crown Point, 05491
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 2021seasonal exhibits...

7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown, 12932
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor

Explore the 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...

4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, 05491
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 Regional Office of...

814 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
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...

34 Park Place, Port Henry, 12974
Anderson Falls Heritage Society Museum

The museum offers visitors an extensive collection of historical photos, artifacts, some local family histories, summer programs focused on area history, and displays about local schools, churches...

96 Clinton Street, Keeseville, 12944
Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga is a bucket list destination! Bring the family and enjoy hands-on activities, daily weapon demos, boat tours, world-class museum exhibits, beautiful gardens, friendly animals, and...

102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserves

 (photo courtesy Lake Champlain Maritime Museum)

Contact the NYS DEC or the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Basin Harbor, VT for information. Call 518-897-1200 for a detailed brochure....

, Westport, 12993
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,...

1745 Main Street, Keeseville, 12944
Historic Bridges of the AuSable

Seventeen Ausable River bridges are listed on the National Register, the first such group listing in New York State. Crossing the River: Historic Bridges of the AuSable River is an excellent guide...

1A Mill Street, Keeseville, 12944
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 and...

137 Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga, 12883
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 dedicted to preserving information...

6 Gillilland Lane
POB 212, Willsboro, 12996
Crown Point State Historic Site

The historic Crown Point is definitely a "don't miss" stop in the Lake Champlain Region! 


How to get there



  • Grounds are open from Sunrise...
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, 12928
Ticonderoga Historical Society
6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga, 12883