Fort Ticonderoga, a premiere historic and travel destination, has been awarded the Save America’s Treasures Grant, funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior through a competitive process.
The property was awarded $465,000 to be utilized in the restoration of the north demi-lune, a stone defensive structure connected to the fort. Originally constructed in the 18th century, the north demi-lune was used to defend Fort Ticonderoga against invaders and was part of the fort’s outer defenses that Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold saw as they crossed Lake Champlain on their journey to capture the fort in May of 1775 during the American Revolution.
The grant project will include the preparation of contract documents for the necessary repairs to conform to historic preservation standards. The project is expected to begin in January 2020 and utilize the skills of a consulting structural engineer and preservation architect. Upon completion, this restoration project is expected to allow visitors to safely access the north-demi lune.
From the vantage of the demi-lunes, visitors have views of the Ticonderoga peninsula, Lake Champlain, Mount Defiance, Mount Independence and the Green Mountains of Vermont and can gain perspective on why Ticonderoga was so strategic to the 18th-century world.
Photo of Fort Ticonderoga provided.