Homeschool Day at Fort Ticonderoga Oct. 17

Fort Ticonderoga announced a day for homeschooled students and their parents on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 9:30 am-5 pm. Homeschool families will have an opportunity to take part in a series of programs while learning about life on the colonial frontier during the early days of America’s War for Independence.

During the day students can learn about the Connecticut troops who came to Fort Ticonderoga in the weeks following the historic capture of the Fort from the British by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold. Interacting with these Connecticut soldiers, students can ask about the life of an 18th-century soldier. What did he eat? Where did he sleep? What did he wear? Where did his clothes come from?

Throughout the day homeschool families can explore the Fort and museum exhibitions. They can take guided tours, learn about the Fort’s history, and observe musket demonstrations. They can visit the new historic trades shop, where shoes and clothing are produced by the Fort’s staff, and learn about the global economy of the 1700s.

In addition, special programs for homeschool groups take place in the historic trades shop at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. Programs at 12 pm and 1 pm illustrate the process of feeding the troops as the mid-day meal is prepared. Students in grades 6-12 can learn about how to be part of the National History Day program at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

To register your homeschool students to participate, please call Nancy LaVallie, Group Tour Coordinator at Fort Ticonderoga, at (518) 585-2821. The cost is $6 per student. One parent per family is admitted free of charge. Additional adults pay the adult group rate of $12.

To learn more about programs for students and teachers from Fort Ticonderoga, visit www.fort-ticonderoga.org and select the “Explore and Learn” tab. Teachers interested in learning more about school programs, including outreach programs, should contact Rich Strum, director of education, at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org or at (518) 585-6370.

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