Heritage Museum: Ticonderoga's Industrial History

THE MUSEUM & GIFT SHOP ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE SEASON
We are COVID-19 compliant. Please wear a mask. We have hand sanitizer for you to use upon entering the building. Please employ social distancing.
THANK YOU!

OUR HERITAGE
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 the Percy Thompson Bicentennial Park. The museum also 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
     
    For more information and details about the latest happenings related to the Heritage Museum, visit us on Facebook.

    MUSEUM GIFT SHOP AND MUSEUM NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
    Our first day for the 2021 season: June 26, 2021
    Our last day for the 2021 season: Columbus Day Weekend. Open 10 am - 4 pm October 11.



    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 industry?  How about that picture of dad in front of International Paper Company's mill or any other photo of Ticonderoga's past?  Do you want a digital scan of your 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.






    NEW! RESTAURANT and GROWERS GUIDE
    See this on our Facebook page!





    Collection Spotlight Returns in 2021
    Many planned events for the 2020 season were impacted by a late opening and large crowd concerns due to COVID-19. Hopefully, the 2021 season will hold more promise. Watch for new Collection Spotlight events coming this year including a planned show on American Graphite, another scanner day, and a couple of surprises. Collection Spotlight 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 subject 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 2021.  We will share more information for the first event in 2021 soon.

    INDUSTRY WALKING TOURS
    We successfully conducted the first La Chute Industry Walking Tour for Upper La Chute and the feedback was incredibly positive. See below for additional schedules of both the Upper and Lower La Chute tours. Along the way for each tour (lower and upper La Chute), the guide discusses 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 shows the location of each industry on the map, its relation to other industries, photos of how it appeared during its operation, and interesting facts.  The tour guide will also point out each location and provide additional information on each location not necessarily found in the guide book. 
     


    TOUR DATES & RESERVATIONS: See the schedule of tour dates below. Space is limited so call Laura Wright (240-353-2961) to make a reservation to secure your spot. Tour is weather dependent so we will take your contact information and call you to inform you if the tour is postponed for any reason.

    Both tours are guided with tour participant guides which show you the locations along the walk (photos, maps, and related interest material). The tour guide will provide additional information at each location of interest and answer questions. Examples are included in the attached photos. Good walking shoes and water are recommended. Tour length times are approximated and depend on the number of questions and speed of the tour group (the tour is conducted at a relaxed pace).
    TOUR DETAILS (Lower La Chute): This tour begins at the Heritage Museum (1888) building and follows the river west-southwest to Montcalm Street. The tour length is approximately 60 minutes.
    TOUR DETAILS (Upper La Chute): This tour begins at the lawn on the corner of Alexandria Avenue and Lord Howe. The tour length is approximately 90 minutes and is designed to walk downhill from the meeting place. Unlike the Lower La Chute tour, this part of the walking trail is not connected so we will have to connect from a point on Lake George Avenue through Stanton Street to reacquire the trail. No worries as we will discuss some other points of interest along the way while we make the connection.
    NOTICE: The Upper La Chute tour ends on Montcalm Street so you will need to be dropped off at the start location or have someone give you a ride back to the start location if you park your vehicle there. Other tour members have provided a ride to those who need one in past tours. You can walk back, but it is uphill.

    All tour participants must comply with COVID precautions so masks are required, and we will practice social distancing.


    Past Comments/Feedback:
    "I travel to Ticonderoga year round for educational events.  This tour added greatly to my knowledge..."

    Tour Guide "was on top of everything covered and was easily heard with microphone. Thank you!!"

    "Enjoyed all of it!"

    "The tour was so informative and beautifully organized."

    "Fascinating! Learned my new things about Ticonderoga."

    TOUR TIPS: We recommend c
    omfortable shoes. The lower La Chute River 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 Upper La Chute River tour follows a level and down hill path also over different terrain surfaces.  We also suggest you bring water as summer in the Adirondacks can sometimes demand it.

    UPDATE! Tour dates will be added as we assign slots. We will address foul weather impact as it gets closer to the tour date.  Space is limited for all tours 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. Tour dates will be listed below and on social media as they are added to the schedule. More tours may be added and adjusted as needed.

    Everyone's safety is important to us. Our tour is naturally suited for social distancing, however, masks are required.

    Industry Walking Tour - Lower La Chute River
    Tour #1: July 26, 3 pm (COMPLETED)
    Tour #2: October 11, 2 pm
    Tour #3: TBD
    Tour #4: TBD

    Industry Walking Tour - Upper La Chute River
    Tour #1: September 13, 3 pm (canceled due to weather)
    Tour #1: September 20, 2 pm (COMPLETED)
    Tour #2: October 04, 2 pm







    The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum Summer Program for 2021
    Our Summer Program is important to us but will have a little twist in the post-COVID 19 environment.
    There will NOT be a class outside the museum at the picnic tables. Instead, each of the 12 different programs will be individually packaged with all the materials needed to complete the projects including step by step instructions and a picture of what our project looks like.

    Our theme this year is, TBD
    Art and the symbols used in art reflect the culture of each country in the world. This year's program takes a look at some of these cultures.

    WHEN: July 7th to August 13th

    WHAT: Two packets will be available on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am to 4 pm each week. Pick up a brochure at the museum for more details.

    WHERE: Heritage Museum (the 1888 building)...entrance to the Bicentennial Park.

    Week 1 (pickup July 7, 8, or 9)
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    Week 2 (pickup July 14, 15, or 16)
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    Week 3 (pickup July 21, 22, or 23)
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    Week 4 (pickup July 28, 29, or 30)
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    A symbol of good luck, power, and strength


    Week 5 (pickup August 4, 5, or 6)
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    Week 6(pickup August 11, 12, or 13)
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    We encourage you to post a photo of your finished work and send it to asmith@ticonderogak12.org. A YouTube video will also be posted on the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum YouTube channel for each of the projects if you wish to watch our artists giving directions. Out hope is to give our community and visiting children ages 5-12 some activities to HELP keep them busy this summer.
    WE ARE YOUR MUSEUM!

    Please feel free to stop by our Museum if you have any questions.







    SCANNER DAY!
    What is scanner day you ask? Scanner day is part of our Collection Spotlight series of events and was conceived and designed to encourage the Ticonderoga community to bring in their photographs or other historical documents for the purpose of scanning the item(s), returning the item and a digital image to the owner, and obtaining rights to the digital image for Museum use, thereby adding it to the Museum's collection, or possibly obtaining an outright donation of the item(s) to the Museum by the owner.  The whole purpose is to increase the Museum's collection so that these images and documents can be turned around and shared with the community as well as researchers.  

    Thank you to all those who have participated in scanner day in the past. Due to COVID and large crowds, we will not offer scanner day in the 2020 season. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have items you would like scanned, please stop by the museum during regular business hours.









    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 2021
    Thank you to all of our generous business establishments who donate to our annual event in the past!  This is our opportunity to share your tasty products with the local community and come together for a night of fun and entertainment. Thank you to all those who purchased tickets and attended the event in past years.  It has always been an enjoyable evening.  Your Ticonderoga Heritage Museum invites you to attend "A Taste of Ti" at our next event. Due to COVID-19 issues, the Museum has also brain stormed other alternatives to the large group gathering such as a pick-up type event. More on this later.  To our wonderful Board and Staff members...thank you for your hard work and dedication.  

    Taste of Ti 2021 Date: May TBD, 2021
    Time: Appetizers @ 6 pm
              Dinner Served @ 6:30 pm

    Basket Raffle and Door Prizes!

    Ticket Cost: $TBD (limit of 100 tickets for this event)