Upcoming Fort William Henry Events

April 20, 2024

The Material Culture of Fort William Henry Museum & Fascinating Facts About Museums

Physical objects fashioned by people are known as material culture. Studying material culture provides a window into the lifeways of people from the past. The workshop will review aspects of handling material culture, museum cataloguing of artifacts, and an examination of several noteworthy artifacts from FWH Museum’s collection to gain insight into the history of the French & Indian War and the soldiers at historic FWH.

Sponsored by the French & Indian War Society at Lake George, Inc. The program also serves as a fund raiser for the not-for-profit society. Classes take place from 10am-1pm and are in-person. Participants shall receive a certificate of attendance. Cost per workshop is $30 ($15 for Society members). No audio or video recording is permitted. Preregistration is required.

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April 27, 2024

Opening Day

Join us for the reopening of the fort for our 70th season! The museum will be open daily through October with new exhibits, a renovated gift shop, and military demonstrations which include musket and cannon firing.

April 27, 2024

Colonial Bateaux and Other 18th Century Warships at Lake George and Nearby Inland Waters of New York

Bateaux, French for “boats,” were the utilitarian crafts of inland waters for much of North America in the colonial era. The class examines colonial bateaux and other vessels that plied Lake George as well as at nearby NY waterways in the 18th century. The workshop will also inspect a three-quarter scale model of a 1758 bateau “shipwreck” and peruse 18th century vessel pieces from the museum’s collection.

Sponsored by the French & Indian War Society at Lake George, Inc. The program also serves as a fund raiser for the not-for-profit society. Classes take place from 10am-1pm and are in-person. Participants shall receive a certificate of attendance. Cost per workshop is $30 ($15 for Society members). No audio or video recording is permitted. Preregistration is required.

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May 4, 2024

A Primer on Anchors and Recording These Artifacts

Early anchors were made of stones, each with a carved hole to receive a line. Later, anchors had an iron shank, two arms, a metal ring to receive a line, and a wooden stock. By the mid-19th century, anchors were all of iron. The class includes a primer on anchors and how to archaeologically record them. FWH Museum has 17 anchors, grapnels, and grappling irons.

Sponsored by the French & Indian War Society at Lake George, Inc. The program also serves as a fund raiser for the not-for-profit society. Classes take place from 10am-1pm and are in-person. Participants shall receive a certificate of attendance. Cost per workshop is $30 ($15 for Society members). No audio or video recording is permitted. Preregistration is required.

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last of the mohicans movie
May 10, 2024

Last of the Mohicans Interactive Movie

During an interactive showing of the Last of the Mohicans (1992, Rated R), Fort William Henry guides and local reenactors will march, fire the musket and cannon, and flee from the French massacre as the events occur in the film. Doors open at 7:15pm and the movie will start at approximately 8:15pm. This is an open-air event which takes place in the fort parade ground. Bring camp chairs and dress appropriately. Snacks available in the Sutler gift shop until 9:00pm. In the event of rain, the showing will be cancelled and tickets refunded.

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reenactors shooting muskets in front of lake george
May 27, 2024

Memorial Day Salute

Join us for a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at Burial Site of Unknown Soldiers in Lake George Battlefield Park. This event is organized by the Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance.

July 4-6, 2024

Declaration of Independence

Join us for a reading of the Declaration of Independence. This event will take place at 1pm on July 4, 5, and 6 outside the main entrance to the fort.

Fort William Henry Museum marching soldiers with flags
August 9, 2024

Surrender of Fort William Henry

After a siege from French forces beginning August 3rd, General Munro and the British were forced to surrender Fort William Henry on August 9th. Join us at 1pm for a commemoration on the lakeside lawn of the Fort William Henry hotel. This will include a reading of the terms of surrender and wreath-laying at the military cemetery.

last of the mohicans movie
August 23, 2024

Last of the Mohicans Interactive Movie

During an interactive showing of the Last of the Mohicans (1992, Rated R), Fort William Henry guides and local reenactors will march, fire the musket and cannon, and flee from the French massacre as the events occur in the film. Doors open at 7:15pm and the movie will start at approximately 8:15pm. This is an open-air event which takes place in the fort parade ground. Bring camp chairs and dress appropriately. Snacks available in the Sutler gift shop until 9:00pm. In the event of rain, the showing will be cancelled and tickets refunded.

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September 14, 2023

Basics of Wooden Ship Hull Construction

The dugout canoe is the oldest type of watercraft, dating to over 8,000 years ago. Eventually vessels were fashioned of cut and sawed planks. The workshop will review the history of early watercraft, but the focus will be on wooden ship hull construction of colonial sailing vessels. Participants will also examine bateau and sloop pieces from FWH Museum’s collection to gain insight into the construction of colonial crafts on Lake George.

Sponsored by the French & Indian War Society at Lake George, Inc. The program also serves as a fund raiser for the not-for-profit society. Classes take place from 10am-1pm and are in-person. Participants shall receive a certificate of attendance. Cost per workshop is $30 ($15 for Society members). No audio or video recording is permitted. Preregistration is required.

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September 28, 2023

Understanding the National Register of Historic Places and a Primer on Writing a National Register Nomination

The National Register of Historic Places (aka NR) lists over 96,000 properties in the USA. The program was created by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The class will examine the NR and review the process of preparing NR nominations for structures, floating vessels, shipwrecks, wharves, and other properties.

Sponsored by the French & Indian War Society at Lake George, Inc. The program also serves as a fund raiser for the not-for-profit society. Classes take place from 10am-1pm and are in-person. Participants shall receive a certificate of attendance. Cost per workshop is $30 ($15 for Society members). No audio or video recording is permitted. Preregistration is required.

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reenactors marching with muskets
March 22, 2025

Battles & Beverages

The French and Indian War Society of Lake George and the Fort William Henry Corporation, with the cooperation of the Lake George Battlefield Alliance, is pleased to announce that we will be bringing back the popular March event “Battles and Beverages”. This one-day event will be held on March 22nd, 2025! This event is the first of many that will help to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the opening of The Fort William Henry Museum.

There will be four parts to the event.

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sutlers’ Fair:  A Sutlers’ Fair and Reenactor Meet will take place in the Fort William Henry Conference Center. The Fair and Meet will feature sutlers, authentic crafts, and reenactor groups from all historical periods through WWII. It will also include tastings and sales from local craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries.

At 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. French and Indian War Reenactments: The second part of the event will feature French and Indian War reenactments on Lake George Battlefield Park. Participants should bring their period snowshoes, should the weather require them. The Battlefield Visitor’s Center will be open for viewing as well. Reenactment participants, guests, and spectators can then return to the Sutler Fair and Meet to warm up.

At 3 p.m. Survival on the Frontier: Foraging in the Adirondacks: The French and Indian War Society at Lake George is excited to introduce our new speaker, Melanie Sawyer. Melanie is a Historical Forager and a star of The History Channel’s “Alone” series. She will share her fascinating experiences of living off the grid, focusing on healthy and historical foods naturally found in the Adirondacks. Additionally, Melanie will discuss other survival methods that the people of the Adirondacks have relied upon for centuries.

At 7 p.m. Keynote speaker Dr. Steven C. Eames: The event will conclude with a guest speaker. Dr. Steven C. Eames, professor of history, reenactor, and author of the book “Rustic Warriors: Warfare and the Provincial Soldier on the New England Frontier, 1689-1748”. He will be speaking on the topic of Culture and War, particularly as it pertains to the early wars along the northern frontier. This will include the development of an American approach based on climate and interaction with natives, as well as understanding the specific differences between native and European approaches to war.

Discounted rooms will be available at the Fort William Henry Hotel for all participants on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as a 10% food discount at Fort William Henry Hotel restaurants for any reenactor and sutler in historical uniform/clothing.

Find an event flyer, a reenactor registration form for the Reenactments on the Lake George Battlefield, and a table application form for the Fair and Meet at the Conference Center by clicking the button below.

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