About Us

Our Mission
The Heritage Museum seeks to advance the awareness and appreciation of the industrial history of Ticonderoga through preservation and interpretation. As a Heritage Visitors' Center along the Lakes to Locks passage, the museum hosts historically accurate exhibits, inspiring programs, and creative children's workshops.

Hours of Operation
The Museum runs on a seasonal schedule.  We open Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) and operate on a weekend schedule only until mid to late June (June 22 for the 2019 season) when we transition to a daily schedule.  We close for the season at the completion of the Columbus Day weekend.

Hours: 10 am to 4 pm

Our Focus

Situated along the Lakes to Locks passage, the museum hosts historically accurate exhibits, which interpret the manufacturing techniques and the history of the International Paper Company, the American Graphite Company (makers of the famous Dixon-Ticonderoga pencils), and other industries of the area.

The museum focuses on programs and exhibits that:
  • Excite children and spark imagination for discovery and learning.
  • Engage families in unique cultural interactions.
  • Enhance curiosity and knowledge of the Ticonderoga region’s past, present, and future.
  • Emphasize the legacy of La Chute River.

Each summer, area children enjoy a twice-a-week program offered by the museum in July through mid-August. 

Are We ADA Compliant?
Our museum is an old, historic structure and listed in the U.S. National Register of Historical Places (1988).  However, the first floor of our museum is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and is accessible via a wheelchair.  The upper story is restricted to museum personnel.

Are There Restrooms Facilities?
There are no bathrooms in the museum.  However, a public restroom is available at the rear (east side) of the museum, only accessible from the Bicentennial Park.  Hours may be limited.

Did Ticonderoga Make the Pencils?
The famous yellow Ticonderoga #2 pencil Made by Dixon Ticonderoga (Dixon Crucible and Bryn Mawr Corp) was not, in fact, made in Ticonderoga.  The graphite, however, that was used in their manufacture was mined locally (Lead Mountain – Chilson) and processed in Ticonderoga at American Graphite Company for many years.  Guy Baldwin of Ticonderoga was issued a  patent in 1839 for the first solid pencil.  Baldwin and Nathan DeLano manufactured these in Ticonderoga for several years.  According to Dr. F. T. DeLano, the pencils were about 5 inches long, slightly larger in diameter than our current pencils, round and somewhat rough.  They were constructed of white wood, either poplar or basswood, and glued together in two parts.