The Ticonderoga Story: Rise to Greatness
Ticonderoga, a picturesque town of 5,300 people in upstate New York, serves as a gateway to the six million acres of the Adirondack State Park. Here, in the fabled North Country, is the famous Fort Ticonderoga, built on the strategic link between Lake George and Lake Champlain. This where much of North America's political boundaries were defined, including in the surrounding battlefields that tell of the early history of our country from the French and Indian War to the Revolutionary War.
The beauty and prosperity of Ticonderoga was not a secret - from the mid-nineteenth century and through the early twentieth century, America's rich and famous were drawn to the region's cooler summer climates and natural splendor. During these "golden years," the town became a haven for artists and writers seeking the exclusivity and serenity of the surrounding landscapes. Highlighted by Lake George, the Queen of American Lakes (as coined by Thomas Jefferson), Ticonderoga hosts one of the cleanest and most beautiful bodies of water in the entire world. The tourist boom encouraged and strengthened Ticonderoga's fledgling industrial economy, which soon included a graphite mine and mill and a paper pulp mill, which employed more than half the town.
Over time, Ticonderoga became a household name for every student who used a "Number 2 Ticonderoga pencil" and studied the French and Indian and Revolutionary wars. In addition to its rich natural capital base, Ticonderoga began to boom on a scale disproportionate to its small size: it soon included an airport, hospital, community college and an historic Main Street.