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Fort William Henry Museum, Lake George

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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.
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  • The haunted History Tour was just ok. We do tours like this wherever we can and while the guides were knowledgeable and the site was very cool, I felt there was a few things that made it just... 
    The haunted History Tour was just ok. We do tours like this wherever we can and while the guides were knowledgeable and the site was very cool, I felt there was a few things that made it just...  more »
  • For William Henry is a great spot for families. There's activities within the fort to keep all ages engaged, and the view of Lake George is great. And if you have a chance to see The Last of the... 
    For William Henry is a great spot for families. There's activities within the fort to keep all ages engaged, and the view of Lake George is great. And if you have a chance to see The Last of the...  more »
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  • Good history lesson for everyone. Interesting that the fort was renovated and built over a war battleground that some say bring about ghosts and spirits. The guides were very informative and knew the history well. Our tour took about an hour and you got to take in spectacular views of the lake from the top of the fort. A little surprise at the end if you really want to try to catch some of the haunted spirits!!
  • Not bad, but could easily be better. Would love to see more staff doing interactive demonstrations of era based skills. Mannequins are in rough shape, some areas are very dimly lit, the cannon fire we saw was a dud. Overall worth the trip. Best part is that it's dog friendly.

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