Carillon Point - Fort Ticonderoga

Photo Credit: Jerry Monkman

Carillon Point - Fort Ticonderoga

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The Iroquois Indians called the land between Lake George and Lake Champlain “Cheonderoga,” meaning “place between two waters.” In the 1750s, the French built Fort Carillon there, hoping that the strategic location would provide the “keys to the continent” as they battled the British for control of North America. The Fort was later renamed Ticonderoga and played an important role during the Revolutionary War, serving as the location of the first American victory. A National Historic Landmark, this proud military fortress welcomes 90,000 visitors a year to its restored buildings, world-class museum, and colonial-era gardens.

In the southern viewshed of Fort Ticonderoga lies Carillon Point, a 28-acre peninsula rising out of the marshy LaChute River delta. Listed as one of the top bird-watching areas in the Adirondacks by the National Audubon Society, Fort Ticonderoga Marsh provides habitat for more than a dozen species of nesting and migratory birds. In 2002, OSI acquired the Carillon Point peninsula to protect this important bird habitat and the spectacular southern view from the Fort. The Fort Ticonderoga Association now owns and manages the property.

Another 160 acres owned by the Fort Ticonderoga Association on both sides of the LaChute River have been protected with conservation easements donated to OSI, assuring that the lush and historic peninsula and its surroundings will remain protected and undeveloped.

 

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