Spirits of History Wagon Rides
What could be better than a relaxing, horse-drawn wagon ride on a brisk winter evening under the stars? Bundle up and come to Fort William Henry this winter for a 20-minute ride along the edge of beautiful Lake George as a fort soldier tells you about the battles and history that took place along your route! At the end of your ride, the wagon pulls up to the fort for a walk through the casemate to hear ghostly tales of the past and present. Finish your journey at the Tankard Tavern, within the Fort William Henry Hotel, warm by the fireside with a mug of hot chocolate.
Tour leaves the hotel lobby promptly at 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm Saturday nights December 21st through February 29th.
Reservations required. Limited to 15 people per tour. 40 minutes each. Price $20 per person.
December: 27, 28, 31
January: 4, 11, 18, 25
February: 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Battles & Beverages -Adirondack Reenactor’s Fair
Vaudreuil’s Raid of 1757 & Lake George Reenactor’s Fair. A reenactor meet, F&I reenactment and sutler fair. ALL time periods are invited to participate in this timeline event, recruit members, provide education on their period and sell period items. Saturday 2 pm – reenactment of Vaudreuil’s Raid of 1757. Book signings, modern craft fair, local beverage makers on hand for tastings. Saturday: 9 – 4; Sunday 9-2. Carriage House, Fort William Henry. Information: 518-668-5471
Memorial Day Observance
Join reenactors and veterans at Lake George Battlefield Park as they honor the service of four unknown soldiers of the French and Indian War killed during the Bloody Morning Scout 1755. Wreath laying ceremony and musket salute. 10:30 am.
NYS Pathways through History
Fort William Henry is participating with NYS Pathways through History Weekend. See cooking demonstrations, fort life and discover the events that helped not only shape New York State but ultimately to the formation of the entire nation. Celebrate Father’s Day with free admission for Dad.
Community Appreciation Days
Free admission with proof of residency in Warren, Washington, Hamilton, Essex and Saratoga Counties.
Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Reading of the Declaration of Independence on the fort lawn on July 3rd at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm and July 4th at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. (Free to the public)
262nd Commemoration of the Surrender of Fort William Henry.
Military drill and camp life, surrender ceremony at 12 noon followed by wreath laying at grave of the unknown. Discounted admission all day.
The Last of the Mohicans Movie – Interactive Experience
Experience the movie “The Last of the Mohicans” (Rated R) in a new way!! Fort William Henry is presenting a unique interactive viewing of the 1992 movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
While you watch the screen under the stars, the action will come to life around you – attacks on the English troops, musket fire and the roar of the cannon will put you in the heart of the action!
Start your journey by visiting our 18th century camp and the Fort William Henry museum exhibits during the day. Join us in the evening for a cookout of hotdogs, hamburgers, salads and more, in the fort parade ground, then settle in for our interactive showing of “The Last of the Mohicans” based on events that happened right where you are sitting!
Cookout begins 6:30 pm; Movie at 8:00 pm
Chairs provided or bring your own comfortable one!
Fort by Firelight
The fort has surrendered to the enemy and now they are looking for any survivors! The fort’s solders will try to take you safety through the secret dark passageways so you can escape before the enemy finds you! As you make your way out, you’ll be surrounded by musket and cannon fire, smoke and chaos with nothing more than a few torches and candles to light the way!
Field of Flags
The west lawn of Fort William Henry will be transformed into a field of over 6,000 flags to honor veterans and activity duty military personnel. Each flag has a name, branch of service and time of service attached. Members of the public are invited to add their name or that of a loved one during the year so it can be displayed in the field during November. Ceremony and musket salute to mark Veteran’s Day is held on November 11 at 11 am. Free.