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“Hidden awesomeness”

Crown Point State Historic Site
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

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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Reviewed 25 August 2011

We took the temporary free ferry from Chimney Point Vermont to Crown Point New York thinking we would visit Fort Ticonderoga. Soon after getting off the Ferry we saw the signs for Crown Point State Historic Park and decided to see what it was all about. Imagine our delight when we found a significant story which adds to our understanding of American history. There are two forts here. One is from a period when the French controlled Lake Champlain and another from the period of British control. There were Fort St Frederic which was the French Fort and "His Majesty's Fort at Crown Point" which was the British Fort. Remains of both are on-site. The visitor's center is split between the British and French perspective with a different docent for each. The remains of each for are nearby. This is an important place in American history. The munitions captured there by Ethan Allen at the start of the American revolution were instrumental in the colonists struggle for independence. Great place to stop and get a important piece of Americana. See http://nysparks.state.ny.us/historic-sites/34/details.aspx for pictures and the story.

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