The French and the British both built forts at this strategic location on Lake Champlain. In 1734, the French built Fort St. Frederic, a huge four-story stone octagon--the walls were 12 feet thick and cannons lined every floor. The Fort was repeatedly threatened by the British in 1755-58, they finally occupied the site in 1759. The French destroyed the fort and retreated to Montreal. The British immediately started work on their own fort, His Majesty's Fort at Crown Point which was the largest British stronghold ever constructed in the colonies. The museum provides an introduction to the site and its history with exhibits and an audio-visual presentation.
Explore the remains of both forts on a self-guided walking tour--the white flag of the French navy department waves above the grass-covered remains of the French fort and the Union Jack flies over the ruins of the British fort which includes stone barracks, walls, and redoubt remains. Special Events: military encampments and demonstrations. Across the road from the fort area are two historic lighthouses in Crown Point State Park. The Crown Point Lighthouse was established in 1838. A new tower was erected in 1910 to commemorate Samuel de Champlain, the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse remained in service until 1929 when the bridge was completed.
Just across the Crown Point Bridge is the Chimney Point State Historic Site. The former 18th-century tavern now houses a comprehensive exhibit on prehistoric peoples in the Champlain Valley. The historic and unique ferry crossing between Crown Point and Chimney Point may be re-established in the near future.
Museum Open: May 15-Oct, daily, 9am-5pm, closed Tuesday. Grounds: May-Oct, daily, 9:30am to one hour before sunset. YR, Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm. Admission Fee at Museum.