Heritage Museum: Ticonderoga's Industrial History

The industrial history of Ticonderoga can't be told without describing paper mills, graphite mining, and pencils. The Heritage Museum preserves and interprets that history.  Housed in the "1888 building," the museum is the last remaining structure of the Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper Company that once covered the area now known as Bicentennial Park. The museum hosts a Heritage Visitors' Center along the Lakes to Locks Passage, with information about local points of interest.  

The museum offers:

  • Historically accurate exhibits
  • Creative children's workshops
  • Displays and exhibits which interpret the manufacturing techniques and the history of
  •      -  International Paper Company
         -  American Graphite Company (makers of the famous Dixon-Ticonderoga pencils)
         -  Other industries of the area
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    Share Your History With Us!
    We invite everyone to share your history with the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum through the donation of photos, yearbooks, videos, paper items, and other historic materials.  Do you have photographs of Ticonderoga's historical industy?  How about that picture of dad in front of International Paper's mill any any other photo of Ti's past?  Do you want a digital scan of the item?  Bring it into the museum.  We can scan this for you and provide it back to you on your thumb drive or other storage media.  If you don't want to donate the physical item, perhaps you would consider donating the digital image and rights to the museum so we can increase our historical database and share with others while you keep the original in your possession.  Ask a Museum representative for more information.

    Thank you to all those who participated in scanner day.  We added over 60 digital images to our collection! Keep watching for additional events.

    We are open weekends only until June 22 when we begin a daily schedule.  Hours are 10 am to 4 pm.  

    The winner of our $25 gift certificate to the Museum Store was Gail Reed of Vermont.  Contragtulations Gail!  Keep watching our Facebook page for future promotions.  

    Collection Spotlight Returns in 2019
    Watch for new Collection Spotlight events coming this year.  These events allow you to participate in Ticonderoga's history through historic photographs, papers and other literature, historical artifacts, and much more.  Listen to and speak with subect matter experts and others who lived our history.  
    Learn about paper making, the graphite industry, boats and steamships, local railroad activity and many other topics as we expand our offerings in 2019.  We will share more information for the first event in 2019 soon.

    One event which is sure to please this year is our Industry Walking Tour.  This is a new endeavor and includes a guided walking tour from the 1888 building area, along La Chute River and walking trail, to the Agway location.  Along the way, the guide will discuss the abundance of industries which once made their living along the river, many of which used the river's power to benefit their industry.  The Museum will provide each tour participant with a guide book to use during the tour.  The guide book will show the location of each industry on the map, its relation to other industries, photos of how it appeared in days gone past, and interesting facts.  The tour guide will also point out each location and provide information on each location not necessarily found in the guide book. We recommend c
    omfortable shoes. Tour is approximately 60 minutes, seven (7) tenths of a mile in length, from beginning to end (not including the walk back to the museum).  The tour route follows a fairly level path over a number of different terrain surfaces including soft grass, cement sidewalk, asphalt path, loose gravel, and stone.

    The date for the next tour is AUGUST 07 at 6 pm.  We will address foul weather impact as it gets closer to the tour date.  Space is limited  so contact the Museum now.  Call Laura Wright @ 240-353-2961 or email us at tiheritagemuseum@gmail.com and provide your phone number for confirmation of reservation.  If needed and if we can accommodate, additional dates are possible.

    The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum Summer Program for 2019
    Our summer program:  July10 to August 16
    9-10 AM, Wednesdays and Fridays
    Ages 5-12. Free

    Our theme this year is "Chasing Rainbows"
    The impact of rainbows on art and culture

    Please feel free to stop by our Museum if you have any questions.  We hope to see you there!

    Collections Management Activities
    Your Ticonderoga Heritage Museum is making great strides to preserve Ticonderoga’s industrial history.  We say “your museum” because this museum and the history it represents and shares belongs to all of us…all of you.  Many of our plans this year involve you, your family members, and your friends as we open up our historical preservation mission to Ticonderoga.  This process doesn’t stop at simply preserving what currently resides in the museum, but will expand to sharing what we have with you through social media and special events like Collection Spotlight.  

    Taste of Ti 2019
    Thank you to all of our generous business establishments who donated to this year's event!  Also thanks go to all those who purchased tickets and attended the event this year.  I hope you all enjoyed the evening.  Your Ticonderoga Heritage Museum invites you to attend "A Taste of Ti" next year and hopes you all return.  To our wonderful Board and Staff members...thank you for your hard work and dedication.  See you next year!