Thursday, August 31, 2023

Fort Ticonderoga Celebrates Fall with Heritage, Harvest & Horse Festival, Sept. 30

Ticonderoga, NY– Fort Ticonderoga, surrounded by magnificent autumn backdrops of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains, will present the Annual Heritage, Harvest, & Horse Festival on Saturday, September 30, 2023.  A full day of autumn fun will be set amidst the fall flowers of King’s Garden, a heritage apple orchard, and the beautiful landscape of the mountains and Lake Champlain.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spend the day and discover the important role horses and other working animals played in Fort Ticonderoga’s history during exciting demonstrations. Meet Fort Ticonderoga’s friendly oxen duo, stroll through Fort Ticonderoga’s farmers’ market featuring local food, beverages, and crafts, and conquer the six-acre Heroic Corn Maze featuring a new design for 2023.

“Each year, the Heritage, Harvest, & Horse Festival gives visitors the opportunity to take in the beauty of the autumn colors, sample delicious local food and beverages, connect with history, and participate in the many activities we have on site for all ages and interests,” said Beth Hill, president and CEO, Fort Ticonderoga.

This fall-favorite event, combined with all the daily Fort Ticonderoga programs, makes for a great annual family tradition. Whether you are looking to experience a horse-drawn wagon ride, indulge in local homemade delights, or build family memories of historic proportions, there is something for everyone and all ages when it comes to our annual Heritage, Harvest & Horse Fall Festival.

Fort Ticonderoga’s Heritage Harvest & Horse Festival is included with daily admission and tickets are buy one day get the next day free. Be sure to experience all that Fort Ticonderoga has to offer including more than 10 daily tours, weapons demonstrations, the beautiful King’s Garden, historic trades, boat tours on Lake Champlain, museum exhibitions, the Carillon Battlefield hiking trail, and the Mount Defiance experience.

Fort Ticonderoga's Heritage, Harvest and Horse Festival.

Fort Ticonderoga website photo.

To purchase tickets or learn more about this family-friendly, fun fall event, visit


Festival featured activities include:

Whether you’re looking to experience a horse-drawn wagon ride or indulge in homemade foods including baked goods, jams, jellies and pies or sample regional beer, wine, and spirits, there’s something for everyone and all ages when it comes to our Fall Festival. Other vendors include fresh vegetables, coffee drinks, food trucks, handmade items, honey, & maple delights.

King’s Garden Flower Arranging

Roll up your sleeves and make your own flower arrangement to take home some of the beauty of the King’s Garden.

Heritage Animals

Say hello to our friendly dynamic duo—Mick and Mack, watch the heavy hauling power of working oxen, discover the stories and skills of generations of cavalrymen and follow the cry of the foxhunting Green Mountain Hounds.

Carillon Boat Cruises at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Enjoy gorgeous, sweeping views of Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondack Mountains during a 75-minute narrated boat tour aboard the Carillon. Let our friendly and experienced staff be your guide to Lake Champlain’s centuries of stirring maritime heritage with panoramic vistas around you and a sonar view of shipwrecks below. Additional ticket and pre-registration required, visit to reserve your spot.

Heroic Corn Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure

The day will not be complete without a visit to Fort Ticonderoga’s highly acclaimed Heroic Corn Maze: A Corn Maze Adventure where visitors explore the six-acre corn maze, with a new design for the 2023 season. Guests are able to find their way through the maze by selecting the correct answers to clues connected to Fort Ticonderoga’s history.

About Fort Ticonderoga:

Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga is a historic site, museum, center of learning and major cultural destination. Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors each year on site with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is owned and operated by The Fort Ticonderoga Association, a non-profit educational organization which serves its mission to preserve, educate and provoke an active discussion about the past and its importance to present and future generations. Fort Ticonderoga reaches more than 30 million people through its digital outreach each year through its Center for Digital History and is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Photo at top: Fort Ticonderoga website photo.

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