Crown Point Historic Site is one of my child’s favorite places to go. It fits their criteria for a perfect day. It’s located near water, has hiking trails, a beautiful view and a Revolutionary War history.
No matter how old my children get, they always greets our arrival to Crown Point Historic Site with the same enthusiastic, “We love this place.” While I spend more time gravitating toward the shoreline, they hit the grassy fortress walls, walking along the former paths of Pre-Revolutionary War British and French soldiers.
According to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Crown Point was first fortified by the French in 1734 and referred to as Fort St. Frédéric. After numerous takeover attempts by the British, the French destroyed Fort St. Frédéric and retreated back to Montreal allowing the British to construct a larger fortress overlooking Lake Champlain.
The onsite museum offers an in-depth account of the site’s tumultuous French and British history, its tie to the Revolutionary War and its brief occupation by colonists who captured what was then referred to as “His Majesty’s Fort of Crown Point.” The fort remained in British control until the end of the Revolutionary War.Now little more than a footprint remains of the first fort while the ruined limestone barracks give hints to the size of what was once the largest British stronghold constructed in North America.
The grounds are open from 9 am – 6 pm until Columbus Day while the museum is open from May 15 to October 31 (Thursday – Monday) 9:30 am – 5 pm. Admission to the museum is $4/adult, $3 senior/student with children 12 and under free. There is no fee to tour the ruins. So enjoy this Independence Day in true colonial spirit at Crown Point Historic Site.
Photo of Crown Point Historic Site used with the permission of Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com