ticonderoga Heritage Museum
Ticonderoga's Industrial History
The industrial history of Ticonderoga cannot 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 Visitor 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
- Ticonderoga Pulp & Paper Company
- International Paper Company
- American Graphite Company
- Other area industries
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Our Earlier History - The front door to the Ticonderoga Pulp & Paper Company.
GUEST COMMENTS (Google)
"Worth visiting, part of the history of the North of the country. Lady at the front desk very friendly and nice." Carlos Chacin
"What a great place to spend half a day with the family! The hike was nice and easy which we wanted because of our son with special needs. The covered bridge is a great place for a photo-op! Not just the falls!!" Woody
"Makes for a memorable trip! It is a really nice place amazing scenery." Veteran Vapor
WE ARE OPEN DAIFOR THE SEASON.......
MUSEUM GIFT SHOP AND MUSEUM ARE CLOSED FOR THE 2021 SEASON
Our first day for the 2022 season: May 28, 2022
Our last day for the 2022 season: October 16, 2022
OUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPE WILL BE BACK THIS YEAR
Thank you for your continued patronage. We will be open:
Friday, December 2, 2022 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2022 10 am - 2 pm
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.
Sharing your history with us allows us to not only preserve it, but share it with others whether they be researchers or your own neighbors.
THE MAPS OF OUR HISTORY. This year we will be opening a selection of maps from our collection as part of a new COLLECTION SPOTLIGHT event - date TBD.
INDUSTRY WALKING TOURS
We will continue our La Chute Industry Walking Tours for Upper and Lower La Chute this year. Feedback for these tours has been 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.
Our Industry Walking Tour
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 90 minutes and depends on the number of questions and walking speed.
TOUR DETAILS (Upper La Chute): This tour begins at the lawn on the corner of Alexandria Avenue and Lord Howe and is designed to walk downhill. Unlike the Lower La Chute tour, this part of the walking trail is not connected so we 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. The tour length is approximately 1hr 45 minutes and depends on the number of questions and walking speed.
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.
Tour guides are vaccinated. All tour participants must comply with any COVID precautions in place at any time. Masks are not required but use any precautions that make you comfortable.
"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."
"Walked the trail often - Now I have an entirely new perspective on what I see."
"This is a GREAT history lesson."
TOUR TIPS: We recommend comfortable 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 or requested.
Everyone's safety is important to us. Our tour is naturally suited for social distancing. Masks are not required.
Industry Walking Tour - Lower La Chute River
Tour #1: Saturday, July 2, 2022 @ 10am
Tour #2: TBD
Tour #3: TBD
Industry Walking Tour - Upper La Chute River
Tour #1: TBD
Tour #2: TBD
Tour #3: TBD
summer children's program - 2022
Get Ready for Another Successful Program
We thank your for your patience and participation during the 2021 Summer Children's Program. Last year we resumed class outside the museum at the picnic tables but were prepared to resort back to the "grab and go" concept if COVID issues determine this is the best method to continue the program. Luckily, this was not the case.
Our theme for 2022 is PIRATE ARRRT.
WHEN: July 6th to August 12th 2022
WHERE: Heritage Museum (the 1888 building)...entrance to the Percy Thompson Bicentennial Park.
Wednesday, July 6 - AYE EYE MATEY
Participants design and construct paper eye patches and pirate hats.
Friday, July 8 - Ships Wheel Pinwheel
Children construct a ship's wheel that becomes part of a pinwheel.
Wednesday, July 13 - Pirate T-Shirts
Students design their own pirate themed T-shirt. Participants are asked to bring their own T-shirt or fabric to paint on.
Friday, July 15 - Pirate Parrot
Participants use a variety of materials to construct parrots that sit on their shoulders.
Wednesday, July 20 - X Marks the Spot
Children create treasure maps using crayon etching techniques.
Friday, July 22- Ship Ahoy
Students construct floating pirate ships using Origami.
Wednesday, July 27 - Treasure Hunt in a Bottle
Participants bury small objects in a jar filled with sand then find them by turning the jar.
Friday, July 29- All Hands on Deck
Children incorporate their hand prints to draw pirate pictures.
Wednesday, August 3 - Rockin Ron the Friendly Pirate
Ron Carter, pirate, song writer, and author will perform. Participants will draw pictures of different characters from Rockin Ron's songs. This workshop is done in collaboration with the Ticonderoga Festival Guild.
Friday, August 5 - Oceans of Stamps
Students, after viewing examples of nautical stamps, design their own pirate stamps. Done in collaboration with the Ticonderoga Stamp Club.
Wednesday, August 10 - Hoist Your Flags
Children design and paint their own pirate flags using Splatter Paint and tape resist technique.
Friday, August 12 - Pirate Picture
Participants use water color paints and salt to create a kaleidoscopic background for their pirate themed pictures.
If "grab and go" is ever initiated during the summer program, we encourage you to post a photo of your finished work and send it to email@example.com. In this case, a YouTube video would also be posted on the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum YouTube channel for each of the affected projects with artists giving directions.
WE ARE YOUR MUSEUM!
Please feel free to stop by our Museum if you have any questions.
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 did 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 every 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 expands to sharing what we have with you through social media and special events like Collection Spotlight.
Database work and scanning continues all year round as new items enter our collection and as we endeavor to classify and identify items which have been in the collection for years.
Collection management - scanning & archiving photos.
Board members Terry Smith, Steve Boyce, Mark Wright, and Barbara Riley prepare coleslaw packages.
Our primary annual fundraiser occurs twice during the season in the months of May and October. The meal consists of a chicken BBQ cooked by our fine partners at the Ticonderoga Knights of Columbus, Father Jogues Council 333. They do a marvelous job. This consists of a half chicken, coleslaw, baked potato, roll and butter, and desert.
To our wonderful museum Board and Staff members who help with this event...thank you for your hard work and dedication.
Meal pickup begins at 5 pm until sold out. Pre-orders are highly encouraged as these dinners sell quickly.
BBQ #1: April 7, 2022
BBQ #2: TBD