This historic site and popular destination in upstate New York are the ruins Fort Crown Point.
Built next to the ruins of the French army’s Fort St. Frederic, the British constructed Fort Crown Point in 1759 under the direction of Sir Jeffrey Amherst. Amherst constructed the fort during the French and Indian War at this strategic location on Lake Champlain where the lake narrows to a quarter-mile. Designed to house up to 4,000 men and withstand enemy artillery, the fort was built with 20-foot walls and employed up to 3,000 soldiers and artisans to construct it, but when the French and Indian War ended in 1763, construction on the fort ceased.
In April 1773, a chimney fire spread from the fort’s soldier’s barracks to its timber walls, leading to the explosion of the powder magazine stores and the destruction of the main fort. Over the following years, the British troop strength at Fort Crown Point would be reduced to a tiny garrison. And in May of 1775, during the Revolutionary War, this garrison surrendered to the American rebels, led by Seth Warner. The rebels took 111 cannon from the fort, 29 of which were sent to help George Washington drive the British out of Boston.
Today, you can walk around and explore the ruins of Fort Crown Point and Fort St. Frederic and learn its fascinating history through exhibits, tours, and an on-site museum.