Sunday, 20 July 12:00 noon
Directions to Rally Point - Lake George
Battlefield Park, Lake George, New York
From Albany take I87 "Northway" toward Montreal to
exit 21 (Lake Luzerne/Lake George)
- exit right at bottom of ramp to light - turn left at light
- Proceed north 0.8 miles - turn left at Lake George Road,
just past Tiki Motel. Follow it to the end at Beach Road, turn
right. Turn left at Lake George Battlefield Park.
- (Alternatively, stay on 9/9N to second light, turn right
on to Beach Road. Note Dr. Morbid's Haunted House on your left.
If you go this way, you will drive directly beneath Fort William
Henry, as well as see Lake George in all its summer glory.)
- Turn right on Fort George Road. The entrance to the Battlefield
Park is up the road to your left. Enter the Battlefield Park.
Follow the road around to the end loop. A statue of William Johnson
and Captain Hendrick, the Mohawk leader, stands at the end of
the loop, facing town. That statue will be our rallying point,
at noon on Sunday.
There is some parking at the loop, and a somewhat larger parking
area about a hundred yards back along the park road, near the
remaining ruins of Fort George. In the event of inclement weather,
we will try to meet in the covered pavilion located near the loop.
Because the recent scout took place on a rainy weekend at the
end of May, there's no way of knowing how crowded the park will
be in the height of summer. Lake George on a summer weekend can
be a zoo.
You can also try parking at Fort William Henry itself, which
will be our second location in Lake George Village. The entrance
is on Rte 9/9N between the Lake George Road and Beach Road turning
points. If you park there, you will have to walk to the Battlefield
Park, perhaps ½ mile to the east of the Fort.
If there's no parking available in the park itself, or at the
fort, be resourceful and disperse the vehicles. Proceed to the
statue of Johnson and Hendrick on foot.
of the region
of Lake George Village
Fort William Henry
Fort William Henry is located in Lake George Village within
sight of the Rally Point at Lake George Battlefield Park. There
is a large parking lot for the fort located on Rte 9/9N just before
the second light (Beach Road). With luck, we intend to move from
the Battlefield Park to the fort itself by car. If parking is
a serious problem, however, we may opt to leave the transport
wherever they are and proceed to the fort on foot.
Following the proceedings in Lake George Village, participants
are encouraged to proceed to the campground at Putnam Pond.
FORT WILLIAM HENRY TO PUTNAM POND CAMPGROUND
There are two ways to proceed to Putnam Pond Campground:
1. The fast route:
- retrace your path back to Interstate 87. From Fort William
Henry turn left (south) on Rte 9/9N and go about a mile to the
access for I87.
- Take I87 north toward Montreal approximately 35.2 miles to
exit 28 (Rte 74 east).
- Travel east on Rte 74 approximately 12.4 miles to Putnam
Pond Road, turn right.
- Follow Putnam Pond Road (Rte 39) to campground. (About ???
2. The scenic route:
- As you leave the Fort William Henry parking area, turn right
on Rte 9/9N. This will take you directly through the heart of
Lake George Village. When Rte 9 splits from Rte 9N, bear to the
left and stay on Rte 9N.
- Follow Rte 9N north. It mostly follows close to the lake
shore through the towns of Bolton Landing and Hague. In summer,
this road is likely to be heavily traveled, so expect it to go
slowly. It is, however, very scenic and will give you a sense
of the kind of terrain existing in the area.
- Rte 9N will bring you directly into the town of Ticonderoga.
Just past the town of Hague, in an area called Indian Kettles,
there is a restaurant on the right called The View. This is where
we plan on holding the Tuesday evening wrap-up dinner. Shortly
after that, you will pass Rogers Rock Campground. Unfortunately,
one cannot see The Slide (Rogers Rock) from there. However, there
is some historical interest here because the first Battle of
the Snowshoes was fought somewhere close by the northern end
of the campground.
- In the town of Ticonderoga follow the traffic circle around
to the north and keep on Rte 9N until you reach the major intersection
where the Wal-mart, super market, and Super 8 Motel are located.
That will be the intersection with Rte 74.
- Turn left onto Rte 74. Go 4.6 miles to Putnam Pond Road (Rte
39) on the left.
- Follow Putnam Pond Road (Rte 39) to campground. (About ???
directions to Putnam Pond Campground
Directions to Tiroga Beach: ROGERS ROCK
The location is the Ticonderoga town beach, which is about
fifty feet wide (maybe 55). It is one of the few places on dry
land where a good view of Rogers Rock is to be found. We spoke
to a local who was there, and she didn't think we'd pose a problem
gathering there for presentations, but we should be extra sensitive
to any locals and it would probably be a good idea to travel in
as few cars as possible.
- Exit Putnam Pond Road right onto Rte 74 (22).
- Proceed past the light at intersection of Rte 9N (4.6 miles),
another 1.7 miles to flashing light at Montcalm Avenue (Road?).
- Follow Montcalm 0.6 miles to Champlain Avenue, turn left
on Champlain. At 0.2 miles the road splits. Bear left on to Old
- Continue on this road approximately 3.3 miles to Tiroga Beach
Lane, turn right.
There is a small parking area on the left. The "beach"
is a fenced off area next to the parking lot.
Directions to Fort Carillon
- Retrace your steps from Tiroga Beach back into the town of
- At the intersection of Champlain Avenue and Montcalm, turn
right. Proceed out of town toward the east, crossing over Route
74 (22) at the blinking light. A short distance along this road
you will see the entrance to Fort Ticonderoga/Carillon.
- Within a few hundred feet of the entrance you will see the
remnants of the old Fort Carillon earthworks. Parking in this
area is limited, so do the best you can. We will meet at the
map of the battlefield which is just to the east of Montcalm's
Directions to The View Restaurant in Hague, New York (Tuesday
evening, 22 July)
- Depart Putnam Pond campground, turn right on Rte 74 (22)
and proceed 4.6 miles to the intersection of Rte 22 and Rte 9N.
Turn right on Rte 9N.
- Follow Rte 9N south through town. At the circle near the
edge of the town of Ticonderoga, follow the signs for Rte 9N
south toward Hague/Bolton's Landing/Lake George.
You will pass the Ticonderoga Country Club. If you have a moment,
find a place to stop and look out across the Golf Course to the
north-northwest of the Club House. This is the terrain across
which the second Battle on Snowshoes was fought, with the final
positions of the opponents ending up approximately where the Club
House now stands. Obviously, in 1758 this would have been densely
wooded old growth forest.
The restaurant is not far past the Rogers Rock Campground on
the left-hand side. Our reservation is for 7:30pm.
The view from
The View Looking north across Lake George toward the back
side of Roger's Rock.
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