Fort William Henry Museum

Special Events

Reenactment: "260th Siege and Surrender of Fort William Henry"

(Friday - Sunday, August 25th - 27th, 2017)
Battlefield Park, Wood Park, FWH.

Set up Friday; battle reenactments, skirmishes, 18th century camp life on Sat and Sunday.  Dinner at fort on Saturday night.  Expecting 300+ reenactors.

Friday, Aug 25   Camp layout by quartermaster.  Units may arrive at noon for set up.

3:00 pm - Fort William Henry   Talk and book signing by R. H. Hubbard on “Major General Israel Putnam, Hero of the American Revolution”.  AV room.

Saturday, Aug 26

9:00 am – all camps open to the public. 
Throughout day – Artillery fire and small arms fire from camps and fort to mark siege. 
1:00 pm – Lake George Battlefield Park - Battle reenactment.
4:00 pm – Camps close to the public.
5:00 pm - Fort William Henry - Parlay between French and British officer to request surrender of the fort.
6:00 pm - Towers Hall – Reenactors are invited to an 18th century colonial dinner courtesy of Fort William Henry.  General public is invited ($15per person, reservations are required).
7:00 pm - Towers Hall – Lake George Community Band concert included with dinner.  (General public may attend $5 per person)
8:00 – 9:00 pm – all camps - Continue siege of fort – intermittent firing of artillery after British decline to surrender.

Sunday, Aug 27

9:00 am – Camps open to the public
11:00 am - Lake George Battlefield Park – Detachment to British camp to ask for surrender.
11:15 am – Fort William Henry – Both armies march to fort.  Formal Surrender ceremony.
1:00 pm – Lake George Battlefield Park -  Skirmish as British and provincial forces try to break through road block.
1:30 pm – Lake George Battlefield Park - March begins from entrenched camp to Fort Edward followed by attack.
3:00 pm – Camps close to the public.

 

Smithsonian Museum Day 

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Live Special living history activities for home school students and parents.  Special admission rate for home schoolers plus tix from Smithsonian.com.

 

"Fort by Firelight"

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

7:30pm start - The enemy is about to overrun the fort!  Escape with the help of the fort’s soldiers as they guide you through the darkness, surrounded by musket and cannon fire to escape before it is too late! Groups go each half hour with the last starting at 10:30 pm.  Reservations are required.

 

"Field of Flags" Veterans Appreciation Week

November 3rd - 13th, 2017

A field of over 5,000 flags will grace the west lawn of near the fort. The public is invited to share the names of their service man or woman to be added to the field. A musket salute was held on November 11th at 11 am on the field.

 

"Community Appreciation Days"

June 17th & 18th, 2017
July 22nd & 23rd, 2017
August 12th & 13th, 2017
September 16th & 17th, 2017
October 21st & 22nd, 2017

Residents (with residency proof) of Warren, Washington, Essex, Hamilton and Saratoga counties have free admission on these dates.  

 

Notes:

Motorcoach always welcome

 

Ghost tours:  These involve walking, stairs and dark places.  Not recommended for expectant mothers, or those with a history of neck or back conditions, heart or other conditions aggravated by exertion or for young children.  

For more details, please call 518-668-5471.

  
 

 

 

 Fort William Henry Museum | Canada Street | Lake George, NY 12845 | 518-668-5471