" In and Around The Adirondack Park"
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The Historic Town of Ticonderoga extends a warm welcome and invites you to enjoy our beautiful setting along the western shore of Lake Champlain at the northern end of Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains. To the visitor, business, or resident, our community offers a unique quality of life. It is always our pleasure to share the history and heritage of our area.
The name "Ticonderoga" is one of the most significant and familiar in American History. This Iroquois word, meaning "the land between the waters," describes the historic portage between Lake Champlain and Lake George used by Native Americans for 10,000 years. Here France and Britain fought in the French and Indian War, and America and Britain struggled during the Revolution. Over fifty plaques throughout the Town of Ticonderoga mark historic sites and remember legendary heroes, including Father Isaac Joques, British Brig. General Lord William Howe, Robert Rogers of the British Colonial Rangers, French Lt. General Marquis de Montcalm, American General Henry Knox, and Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont.
The community boasts a significant history in the paper making industry. International Paper's Ticonderoga mill traces its origins to 1882 on the banks of the LaChute River in the village. This former manufacturing site has been reborn as the Bicentennial Park. The existing IP mill, on Shore Airport Road, is one of the few papermaking facilities that encompasses the entire papermaking process - from eight-foot logs at one end to reams of copy paper at the other. On a typical day the Ticonderoga mill produces 850 tons of fine white paper.
This Adirondack community was the home of the former "Dixon Crucible Company" which produced the original "Ticonderoga Pencil." Known as “America’s Best Pencil”, Dixon’s Ticonderoga is in the hand of children and adults throughout the world.
Everywhere you look in this township you will find history unequalled anywhere else in the United States. From the historic stone fortress of Fort Ticonderoga to the village’s industrial heritage, the childhood of our nation can be experienced here in Ticonderoga.
Its scenic beauty and varied opportunities for summer and winter recreation have made our community a mecca for vacationers. The area is enchanting and unspoiled more typical of an earlier, less hurried period of our history than many modern hectic resorts. Three season visitors will find numerous public and private campgrounds, uncrowded golf courses picnic areas, boat launch sites, beaches and hiking trails are available. If winter activities are more your taste then try our skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. Regardless of the season enjoy the rugged unspoiled beauty of the area.
The Town of Ticonderoga was created on March 31, 1804. This community was formed from part of the Town of Crown Point by the New York State legislature. Since then the community has grown to a population of 5,200. Whether by land or water or air, Ticonderoga is on your way. Major auto routes, from Albany, NY (100 miles south) and Montreal, Quebec (150 miles north), include Interstate 87 (The Northway) and New York State Routes 9N, 22 and 74. Major water routes are the 32 mile long, Lake George, and the 120 mile long, Lake Champlain. Major railways include the passenger service, Amtrack and freight service, Canadian Pacific. Major airports are accessible by an municipal airport capable of supporting DC-3 type aircraft. Burlington, VT and Glens Falls, NY airports are within a 50-mile radius.
Our community offers a unique opportunity for visitors, residents and business. Our scenic beauty steeped in history, coupled with a wide variety of annual events and a plethora of associations and organizations affords a quality of life scarcely seen. The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce stands ready to assist those considering making this their home for a day or a lifetime.
Referenced by: http:history.rays-place.com