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“GREAT HISTORIC PLACE but pass up the cafeteria.”
Review of Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Ticonderoga
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Owner description: A popular attraction, built by the French in 1755, that has been restored to its original condition.
Reviewed July 7, 2014

Nice fort with a number of exhibits, soldiers in period costume teaching about the ways of life there, walking tours, and musket and cannon demonstrations. The adjacent King's Garden gives added value to this stop. There is a gift shop with assorted offerings. The cafeteria adjacent should be passed up for better elsewhere. The bean soup wasn't very appetizing and the tuna fish sandwich had about as much tuna fish on it as you'd put butter on a slice of bread. Plus, the order was very screwed up. I asked for tuna on wheat toast and a glass of plain ice water, and got tuna on white, untoasted , and no water until I reminded the waitress. The place was not crowded at the time.

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Reviewed July 3, 2014

I really can't say enough about the talent and knowledge of the tour guides at Fort Ti. They were all very talented story tellers that kept our attention, even while standing in the sun in 90 degree weather. The gardens were beautiful. The café had great food and decent service. Excellent day.

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Reviewed June 27, 2014

At $17.00 per person this event is over priced. The paid reenactors at the fort were mostly indifferent - I rarely received more than a one word response from any questions - and that was if you could get their attention. I felt as if the public was "bothering them". In years past thousands of reenactors filled the fort in what could only be described as spectacular. Now there is only a handful. Apparently the current management at the fort has alienated all the reenactors so they are boycotting the fort. This is inexcusable - everybody loses - the fort, the public, and the reenactors. The organization at Sturbridge Villiage has been very appreciative of reenactors, and now that is the place the reenactors would rather be - simply because they are appreciated. Management has also dropped the ball in driving away large benefactors. Alienating large donors and driving away reenactors is a sad commentary on what was once a great place to visit. I can only hope for change, but it doesn't look like change is on the horizon with the current management staff. Everybody loses.

6  Thank tinplate1925
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hillb1756, General Manager at Fort Ticonderoga, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2014

We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your recent visit to Fort Ticonderoga and wonder if you took time to attend the diverse programs offered across our 2000 acre campus including musket demonstrations, historic trades programs, variety of tours led by knowledgeable and entertaining historic interpreters, new exhibitions, beautiful gardens, Carillon Battlefield Hiking Trail, Mount Defiance experience, and other special programs offered each day. It appears that your review refers to reenactment events. Fort Ticonderoga's big annual reenactment is held the third week in July, not June as your visit indicates, therefore you may have visited on a non-battle re-enactment day. Your comments are surprising particularly in light of all of the other guest feedback on this platform as well as other guest surveys. Our team is committed to offering the highest quality experience every day, not just reenactment weekends. In fact, Fort Ticonderoga is the only site in North America and beyond that presents a new story each year. Last year was 1755, this year is 1776, etc. The story is specific to Fort Ticonderoga and based on careful research in our world renowned collections. The Fort Ticonderoga Interpretive Department brings the site's specific story to life every day through living history programs, tours, historic trades, soldier's life programs, evening programs, and other special events. We appreciate that you understand that Fort Ticonderoga is an independent non-profit educational organization, not funded by government support. Unfortunately, we are sadly disappointed that you are ill-informed regarding our donor support which grew 20% last year vs. 2012 and has grown significantly each year since 2010. Our Friends of Fort Ticonderoga membership program which offers supporters an annual pass has grown 54% since 2011. Fort Ticonderoga's attendance is also an incredible success story showing a 6% growth since 2010. This data doesn't simply defy trends at other historic sites, but it is also a reflection of Fort Ticonderoga's commitment to serve our mission and guests by delivering a premier experience every day that is enriching and inspiring. We hope that you visit again and visit frequently so see why others are raving about their experience. Thank you for caring so much to share your thoughts and supporting Fort Ticonderoga's mission of preservation and education. We look forward to your future support!

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Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were there during a weekend with interpretive events, which made the experience great. Interpreters knew so much. At Mount Defiance, which had such a lovely view, there was an interpreter who gave a bar-none presentation full of tons of information about the Fort's history. So nice to know rich people did something nice with their money by preserving this fort!

1  Thank M H
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

The Fort Ty is operated by an independent company and not by the Federal or State government park agency, therefore there is a larger fee to enter. But, it's worth it. There are musket demonstrations, which are impressive. There is a working outdoor kitchen made of clay at the entrance to the fort, that was something that we had never seen before. The period costumes / uniform are made on site. There is a cobbler on site as well that makes all the shoes for the tour guides. There are exhibits of muskets, pistols, and sabers, too numerous to mention. We expected to only stay about an hour or so, but ended up staying three hours. Be sure to check out the Kings Garden and see if you can find the Osprey nest. There is also the old Pell family summer home that has fallen to ruin. But the resort was really something back in the day.

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