The historic Crown Point is definitely a "don't miss" stop in the Lake Champlain Region!
How to get there
- The museum is open daily from mid-May to mid-October, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's closed Tuesday.
- The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset.
The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission fee at museum.
The French and the British both built forts at this strategic location on Lake Champlain. In 1734, the French built Fort St. Frederic, with a huge four-story stone octagon, the walls of which were 12 feet thick and cannons lined every floor. The Fort was repeatedly threatened by the British in 1755-58, they occupied the site in 1759, immediately after the French destroyed their own fort and retreated to Montreal. The British immediately started work on their own fort, which was the largest British stronghold ever constructed in North America.
The museum provides an introduction to the site and its history with exhibits and an audio-visual presentation. The ruins of the British fort include massive limestone barracks, high earthen fort walls, and redoubt ruins. Special Events: military encampments and demonstrations.
Within the DEC campground, across the road from the fort area, is a historic lighthouses in Crown Point State Park. The Crown Point Lighthouse was established in 1858. In 1912, it was transformed into the commemorative Champlain Memorial Lighthouse featuring a bronze statue of Samuel Champlain and an original Auguste Rodin bronze sculpture named "La France".
Just across the Lake Champlain Bridge is Chimney Point State Historic Site which features an exhibit on Woodlands Indians (Western Abenaki) peoples who lived in what is now Vermont.
Wander the ruins of two Revolutionary War era forts. both distinct National Landmarks, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Trail map & guide available in museum (fee for museum, grounds free.)
If you, or your spouse-to-be, are interested in military history, are a veteran, or just a fan of the incredible scenic beauty of the Champlain Valley, the Crown Point State Historic Site may be the best choice. This park hosts many weddings. The grounds are meticulously cared for and there is a fantastic view in every direction. Early-arriving guests will be entertained with the view while awaiting the ceremony.
The British Fort ruins make a stunning backdrop that contrasts with all the wedding finery. The French Fort foundation sits closer to the Lake Champlain shoreline and looks north across the water. From here, both the Adirondack and Green Mountains are clearly visible as well as the picturesque Lake Champlain Bridge. There is ample parking and a level surface to erect a very large event tent if desired. Also on the park grounds is a picnic pavilion that could accommodate a small to moderate-sized wedding group.
Note: re-enactments and events are held here throughout the summer season, it would be wise to plan and reserve well in advance. Contact the site for information.
Read our blog post, Saying "I Do" Along the Adirondack Coast.
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
There is a marked cross-country ski and snowshoeing trail. This easy, 8-mile round trip trail has interpretive signs to guide you as you explore a fascinating old fort.