Fort William Henry Museum

Special Events


259th Anniversary of the Surrender of Fort William Henry

August 12 - 12:00 noon - Lakeside lawn

Ceremony will include reading of the Articles of Surrender and a reenactment of the formal surrender of the fort.

Following the ceremony, a wreath laying will take place at the grave of the "Unknown". Surrender is free and open to the public. $2 off Fort admission.


Lecture: The Spirit of New York by Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne

August 12 - 7:00 pm, Fort William Henry Conference Center

Dr. Dearstyne, historian and former program direction at the New York State Archives, will discuss events in NY State that shaped the State and the whole country. He will discuss how James Fenimore Cooper combined the facts surrounding the surrender with fiction to create the novel "The Last of the Mohicans". Event is free and open to the public.


Book signing

August 13 - 11 am - 2 pm, Fort William Henry Museum

Dr. Dearstyne will be at the Fort William Henry for a book signing of his recently published “The Spirit of New York” which explores sixteen dramatic events from the launch of the state government in April 1777 to the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Free event. Books are available for purchase at the fort gift shop.


Lake George Community Band Concert

August 13 - 7:00 pm, Fort William Henry Museum

The concert will include the favorite, "1812 Overture" which will be enhanced with a couple of live cannon firings by the guns at the fort. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 518-964-6647. $8 adults; $5 children and seniors. Chairs are provided or visitors may bring their own for comfortable seating.


Home School Day

September 24

Home school students and parents are invited to a special day of living history.  $10 adults/seniors; $5 children.


Fort by Firelight

October 8

the fort is being overrun by the enemy!  Follow one of the fort's soldiers as they guide you through the darkness, surrounded by musket and cannon fire and escape before it's too late!  $16.95 adults; $7.95 children 5-15; $13.95 seniors.


Field of Flags

November 7-14

Veterans appreciation week.  A field of flags each with a name of a veteran will grace the west lawn of the Fort William Henry.  Musket Salute and wreath laying ceremony on Friday, Nov 11 at 11am to mark Veterans Day.


Community Appreciation Days:

May 21 & 22; June 25 & 26; July 16 & 17; August 13 & 14; September 17 & 18 and October 15 & 16.  

Residents (with proof of residency) of Warren, Washington, Essex and Saratoga County have free admission to the fort.  



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