I had camped at D.A.R. State Park in Vermont, driving past this park many times while crossing the bridge during a visit in 2008. I never went. In August 2011, I went back to D.A.R. for another week of camping. This time, I made sure that I visited (dragging my wife and friends).
Wow, I missed out in 2008. We went through the museum first, a small affair with a decent movie and some nice artifacts. We then visited Fort St. Frederick directly behind the parking lot, the small French fort that had first sat at the site. It looked like a bunch of historic stones on the ground (if you like that sort of thing, which I do) with a nice view of Lake Chaplain and the yet-completed new Lake Champlain Bridge.
The we walked inside the earthen walls of the British fort. We had the place to ourselves, and it was like discovering some hidden European castle. The one set of barracks is still standing, and you can wander up to them (and in some of them). It was a great spot for pictures, and my friends and wife had a blast checking out the remains of the fort while I snapped about 150 pictures of the place.
If you've been to nearby Fort Ticonderoga, this is like it's abandoned, decaying cousin, only with less than a fraction of the people and a much smaller entrance fee. While Fort Ticonderoga has more battles associated with it, this fort too was captured by the Green Mountain Boys (only 4 British soldiers defended it) and it's cannon (dug out of the walls that had buried them after an explosion destroyed a large part of the fort before the War for Independence) also helped free Boston from it's British occupiers.
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