Ticonderoga 1804 - 2004
The Historic Town of Ticonderoga extends a warm welcome and invites
you to enjoy our beautiful setting along the western shore of Lake
Champlain at the northern end of Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains.
To the visitor, business, or resident, our community offers a unique
quality of life. It is always our pleasure to share the history
and heritage of our area.
The name "Ticonderoga" is one of the most significant
and familiar in American History. This Iroquois word, meaning "the
land between the waters," describes the historic portage between
Lake Champlain and Lake George used by Native Americans for 10,000
years. Here France and Britain fought in the French and Indian War,
and America and Britain struggled during the Revolution. Over fifty
plaques throughout the Town of Ticonderoga mark historic sites and
remember legendary heroes, including Father Isaac Joques, British
Brig. General Lord William Howe, Robert Rogers of the British Colonial
Rangers, French Lt. General Marquis de Montcalm, American General
Henry Knox, and Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont.
The community boasts a significant history in the paper making
industry. International Paper's Ticonderoga mill traces its origins
to 1882 on the banks of the LaChute River in the village. This former
manufacturing site has been reborn as the Bicentennial Park. The
existing IP mill, on Shore Airport Road, is one of the few papermaking
facilities that encompasses the entire papermaking process - from
eight-foot logs at one end to reams of copy paper at the other.
On a typical day the Ticonderoga mill produces 850 tons of fine
This Adirondack community was the home of the former "Dixon
Crucible Company" which produced the original "Ticonderoga
Pencil." Known as “America’s Best Pencil”,
Dixon’s Ticonderoga is in the hand of children and adults
throughout the world.
Everywhere you look in this township you will find history unequalled
anywhere else in the United States. From the historic stone fortress
of Fort Ticonderoga to the village’s industrial heritage,
the childhood of our nation can be experienced here in Ticonderoga.
Its scenic beauty and varied opportunities for summer and winter
recreation have made our community a mecca for vacationers. The
area is enchanting and unspoiled more typical of an earlier, less
hurried period of our history than many modern hectic resorts. Three
season visitors will find numerous public and private campgrounds,
uncrowded golf courses picnic areas, boat launch sites, beaches
and hiking trails are available. If winter activities are more your
taste then try our skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. Regardless
of the season enjoy the rugged unspoiled beauty of the area.
The Town of Ticonderoga was created on March 31, 1804. This community
was formed from part of the Town of Crown Point by the New York
State legislature. Since then the community has grown to a population
of 5,200. Whether by land or water or air, Ticonderoga is on your
way. Major auto routes, from Albany, NY (100 miles south) and Montreal,
Quebec (150 miles north), include Interstate 87 (The Northway) and
New York State Routes 9N, 22 and 74. Major water routes are the
32 mile long, Lake George, and the 120 mile long, Lake Champlain.
Major railways include the passenger service, Amtrack and freight
service, Canadian Pacific. Major airports are accessable by an municipal
airport capable of supporting DC-3 type aircraft. Burlington, VT
and Glens Falls, NY airports are within a 50-mile radius.
Our community offers a unique opportunity for visitors, residents
and business. Our scenic beauty steeped in history, coupled with
a wide variety of annual events and a plethora of associations and
organizations affords a quality of life scarcely seen. The Ticonderoga
Area Chamber of Commerce stands ready to assist those considering
making this their home for a day or a lifetime.
Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce
94 Montcalm Street, Suite 1, Ticonderoga, NY 12883
(518) 585-6619, fax (518) 585-9184
Please visit our website for current schedule of
Chamber Office Hours- 9:00AM - 4:30 PM
Information Booth is seasonally staffed and
located near the Liberty Monument on Moses Circle