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 thePercy 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
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    Our first day for the 2020 season: Memorial Day.  
    Our last day for the 2020 season: Columbus Day.

    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.

    Collection Spotlight Returns in 2020
    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 2020.  We will share more information for the first event in 2020 soon.

    The La Chute Industry Walking Tour was a new endeavor which became extremely popular in the 2019 season.  It included a guided walking tour from the 1888 building area, along La Chute River and walking trail, to the Agway location.  We will offer this again in our 2020 season.  Along the way, the guide 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 shows 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. 
    The 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).  

    Now, the next chapter. By popular request, we have listened to your comments in 2019 and planning for part 2 of the tour is underway during the off season. In work right now is the second half of the tour which will walk from the upper falls area, along the river to the Montcalm Street bridge area. Again, along the way the tour guide will describe the numerous industries which once made their living using water power and other which thrived in the area.

    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! The date for the next tour is TBD.  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 2020
    Our summer program:  Every Wednesday and Friday (July 8 - August 14)
    9-10 AM, Wednesdays and Fridays
    Ages 5-12. Free

    Our theme this year is, "Art of the World...the World of Art."

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

    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.

    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 2020
    Thank you to all of our generous business establishments who donate to our annual event!  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 this past year.  I hope you all enjoyed the evening.  Your Ticonderoga Heritage Museum invites you to attend "A Taste of Ti" this year and hopes you all return year after year.  To our wonderful Board and Staff members...thank you for your hard work and dedication.