A window into the past

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.

Win a Stay

Why history?

Learning an area's history and culture is a fun and easy way to engage with it. Don't just pass through on your Adirondack getaway! Fully experience all that the Lake Champlain Region has to offer!

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 this part of the world impacted national history with a visit to the French and British war forts of Ticonderoga and Crown Point. Both sites were strongholds during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. Explore ruins, walk through the museums, and attend military encampments, demonstrations, and historic reenactments. 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.

An aerial view of a stone, star-shaped fort on a bright green landscape near a lake and mountains.

Museums

The region also has many museums that offer a variety of perspectives on local and regional history. 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.

  • The Hancock House-Ticonderoga Historical Museum is an elegant, engaging spot where local history and historic furnishings tell local stories.
  • In Crown Point, the Penfield Homestead Museum is a living history museum with numerous historic buildings on the grounds, as well as a scenic walking trail.
  • Did you know that the Adirondacks have a long history of mining? Learn about how mining and industry shaped the small towns we know and love at the Iron Center Museum!
  • While you're in Ti, don't miss the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, where mining, giant pencils, and more come together for great fun.
  • Looking for history about the whole region? Head to Elizabethtown to visit the Adirondack History Museum, where engaging exhibits and a real fire tower await!

 

Legendary

Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
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.
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Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
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.
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Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
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.
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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
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Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
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.
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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
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Ticonderoga
6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7868
The Hancock House is open Wednesday through Saturday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - excluding holidays. Donation. 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...
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Ticonderoga
6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7868
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.
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Port Henry
Park Place, Port Henry | (518) 546-9855
An historic collection of a wide array of architectural styles throughout the village.
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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
History
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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
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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 High Peaks region.
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Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
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.
History
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Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
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.
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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 High Peaks region.
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Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
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Au Sable Chasm
1131 Mace Chasm Road, Au Sable Chasm | (518) 834-5180
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 throughout the year. Admission is free but donations are...
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Crown Point
NYS DEC Campground Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-3603
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 point of land just south of the Champlain Bridge. The...
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Crown Point
NYS DEC Campground Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-3603
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 point of land just south of the Champlain Bridge. The...
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Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
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Elizabethtown
7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown | (518) 873-6466
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 2019 seasonal exhibits include "Bootleggers & the Law in the ADKs," "One Earth - Two...
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Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
Weddings
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Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
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Crown Point
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-4649
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 Visitors Bureau since 1993.
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Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
Cross Country Skiing
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Vergennes
4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes | (802) 475-2022
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 shipwrecks in North America and talk to archeological...
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Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
Snowshoeing
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Port Henry
34 Park Place, Port Henry | (518) 546-3587
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 house at the former Witherbee-Sherman and Company...
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Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
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Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
History
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Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
Cross Country Skiing
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Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
Hiking
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Ticonderoga
102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-2821
Spend the day, discover the beauty, and experience the history! Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience. It is the only site in America that tells a new story each year through dynamic historical interpretation and...
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Crown Point
703 Creek Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-3804
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 on Penfield Pond by permit. Inquire about using our...
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Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
History
921
Elizabethtown
7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown | (518) 873-6466
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 2019 seasonal exhibits include "Bootleggers & the Law in the ADKs," "One Earth - Two...
Weddings
116
Crown Point
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-4649
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 Visitors Bureau since 1993.
History
1798
Crown Point
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-4649
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 Visitors Bureau since 1993.
History
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Westport
Westport | (518) 897-1200
(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. The Champlain II, launched in 1868, was first used to ferry...
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Crown Point
Route 17, Crown Point | (802) 759-2412
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 the history of the area's three earliest cultures...
History
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Willsboro
6 Gillilland Lane POB 212, Willsboro | (518) 963-4897
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, materials and artifacts and to present or make...
History
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Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
Hiking
921
Elizabethtown
7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown | (518) 873-6466
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 2019 seasonal exhibits include "Bootleggers & the Law in the ADKs," "One Earth - Two...
History
116
Elizabethtown
7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown | (518) 873-6466
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 2019 seasonal exhibits include "Bootleggers & the Law in the ADKs," "One Earth - Two...
Arts and Culture
116
Vergennes
4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes | (802) 475-2022
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 shipwrecks in North America and talk to archeological...
History
1762
Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
History
921
Crown Point
NYS DEC Campground Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-3603
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 point of land just south of the Champlain Bridge. The...
History
731
Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open Friday-Sunday from mid-May to mid-October, The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
Snowshoeing
921
Crown Point
NYS DEC Campground Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-3603
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 point of land just south of the Champlain Bridge. The...
History
731
Keeseville
96 Clinton Street, Keeseville | (518) 834-9219
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, & local military history.
History
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Crown Point
814 Bridge Road, Crown Point | (518) 597-4649
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 Visitors Bureau since 1993.
History
1798
Au Sable Chasm
1131 Mace Chasm Road, Au Sable Chasm | (518) 834-5180
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 throughout the year. Admission is free but donations are...
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Ticonderoga
102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-2821
Spend the day, discover the beauty, and experience the history! Every day is an event at Fort Ticonderoga and every year is a new experience. It is the only site in America that tells a new story each year through dynamic historical interpretation and...
History
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Keeseville
1745 Main Street, Keeseville | (518) 834-9328
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, appreciation, and stewardship of the Adirondacks' unique...
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