Fort William Henry was a British fort at the southern end of Lake George, in the province of New York. It is best known as the site of notorious atrocities committed by the Huron tribes against the surrendered British and provincial troops following a successful French siege in 1757, an event portrayed in James Fenimore Cooper's novel, The Last of the Mohicans, first published in January 1826.The fort's construction was ordered by Sir William Johnson in September 1755, during the French and Indian War, as a staging ground for attacks against the French fort at Crown Point called Fort St. Frédéric. It was part of a chain of British and French forts along the important inland waterway from New York City to Montreal, and occupied a key forward location on the frontier between New York and New France. It was named for both Prince William, the Duke of Cumberland, the younger son of King George II, and Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, a grandson of King George II and a younger brother of the future King George III.Put The Fort William Henry Museum & Restoration and other Lake George attractions into our Lake George trip builder website , and watch your holiday take shape.
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The Fort William Henry Museum & Restoration Reviews
While my fiance was at a conference, I had to occupy myself for a few hours. I walked over to the Fort William Henry and paid to tour the fort. I got there right around 2pm, which happened to be when ... more »
A humbling experience to stand and walk where British regulars and provincial troops battled the French and their Native American allies. Unsurpassed view of the lake from the bastions. The admission ... more »
An interesting and seemingly accurate reconstruction of a fort on the original site, using original underground features where possible. Good range of artifacts and displays. Particularly appreciated the military reconstruction by the “crazy old man”, as he likes to be known, Paul Stillman. He provided an excellent and knowledgeable narrative of the Fort’s role in the Indian Wars and the weapons used which was delivered in a manner that was both enjoyable and understandable; and accompanied by deafening demonstrations of the Brown Bess and a 6lb field gun in action. Not to be missed at 10:00 and 16:00. Well worth the modest entrance fee.
WENT HERE WHEN I WAS IN THE 5TH GRADE. MY SISTER AND I HAD A GREAT TIME. IN THE LATE 1950's. I WOULD LIKE TO GO AGAIN. AT THAT THEY WERE JUST FIXING IT UP FOR VISITORS. WE ALSO WENT TO SANTA CLAUS LAND,STORY BOOK LAND, FRONTIER LAND. DISNEYLAND WAS JUST OPENING UP IN CALIFORNIA AT THIS TIME. I ALWAYS LOVED STUDYING HISTORY ALWAYS PASSED MY SCHOOL TEST WITH A 100%. THIS IS A GOOD PLACE FOR THE YOUNG TO LEARN THE HISTORY OF AMERICA EARLY DAYS. CHIEF GUNNERS MATE SOCHALSKI JR
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