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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  • An interesting place to visit to learn some of the history of the area. The guides in the museum were all very knowledgeable and passionate. We arrived in between the guided tours so we just did our.....  more
    An interesting place to visit to learn some of the history of the area. The guides in the museum were all very knowledgeable and passionate. We arrived in between the guided tours so we just did our.....  more »
  • 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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  • Great historic place to visit. The fort is really cool for history buffs and gives you a very good view of Lake George. Been there several times now and have never really been disappointed. It is a replica but does have the original excavated fireplace and I guess some bricks and stone in the powder magazine? I wish they had talked more about which parts of the powder magazine had original bricks instead of one vague statement. I also think the price is a bit much. Overall it's still one of my favorite places in Lake George. The muskets and cannon displays are cool, a lot of the historic displays are neat although the mannequins are a little outdated and think they could use the space better.
  • We had the guided tour, all the guides were very informed about the history. The demonstrations were amazing when you think about what these soldiers had to go through just to load a musket and cannon. The fort itself was interesting as my husband and I thought about how cold it must have been there in the winter and the only heat was the fireplaces, if the room you and your roommates had one. Great for kids to learn about the history.
  • This is a very cool museum! We explored the museum a bit, then met for the tour. The history part was very interesting, but the highlight was the firing of the cannon and musket. The cannon didn’t work that well because of the humidity but it was still cool. We then explored more of the fort after and learned a lot.
  • This is a fort I honestly (as a history buff) didn't know as much about. I am so glad I got to see this wonderful fort which played a major part in The French and Indian War. The fort is impeccably clean. The staff is friendly. The fort is full of interactive and informative pieces of history. The fort is situated on beautiful Lake George and is in walking distance to all of Lake George's amenities. There is a good sized gift shop that is on the property as well! I recommend a visit to this amazing fort if you are in the area. I had a great time during my visit, thank you!
  • We had a great time on the tour. Even my 6 year old enjoyed it. My four year old at least like the canon shooting. :) It’s a good tour and a nice historical fort. Would recommend!

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