On the first day of our vacation to the Lake Champlain region, we visited Fort Ticonderoga. What you see here is a restoration of the 1755 fort, completed by the Pell family in the early 1900s. It is quite grand and includes a museum inside the fort, reenactors and even a lunch spot.
This place is significant not only to the history of the region, but to that of the nation. It was used by both the French and the British during the French and Indian War. Later, it was held by the British when it was taken by the American forces of the Green Mountain Boys in one of the first victories of the American Revolution. Though it was recaptured and then burned by the British, the cannons that were taken from here by the Americans were relocated to Boston where they were used against the British army in 1776, forcing them from the city.