Fort William Henry was a British fort at the southern end of Lake George, in the province of New York. It is best known as the site of notorious atrocities committed by the Huron tribes against the surrendered British and provincial troops following a successful French siege in 1757, an event portrayed in James Fenimore Cooper's novel, The Last of the Mohicans, first published in January 1826.The fort's construction was ordered by Sir William Johnson in September 1755, during the French and Indian War, as a staging ground for attacks against the French fort at Crown Point called Fort St. Frédéric. It was part of a chain of British and French forts along the important inland waterway from New York City to Montreal, and occupied a key forward location on the frontier between New York and New France. It was named for both Prince William, the Duke of Cumberland, the younger son of King George II, and Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, a grandson of King George II and a younger brother of the future King George III.Put Fort William Henry Museum and other Lake George attractions into our Lake George trip builder website, and watch your holiday take shape.
Fort William Henry Museum reviews
I love exploring historical buildings, so I was excited to come here, and this museum did not disappoint. Fort William Henry used to be a British fort that was halfway between the British colonies... more »
Small Fort museum, well organize tours, the tour guides are friendly and really know the fact and history of the place more »
The young man who worked as our guide did an excellent job interacting with the visitors and also explaining various facts regarding the fort and its history. He was not perturbed by little kids and their questions, proving his patience and humor, along with his knowledge at all times. "Ranger" PJ Anderson and the other gentleman he teamed up with were fantastic! PJ deserves big big big thumbs up for his resilience in the sun, first of all. His occasional British accent combined with the active dialogue he initiated with the guests, his jokes, the details of his story telling - all of these made for one of the most memorable experiences, not only in the Lake George area, but in general! As old school as it may sound, I wish that there was a tipping option for these employees, because they absolutely deserve it!!!!! So I hope that at least reviews like this will contribute to some appreciation from their employees.
Visiting the fort for the day and ghost tours were definitely the highlights of our trip! Guides were knowledgeable and they did well making sure people wore their face masks. The fort is most definitely haunted. We saw a shadow figure pass in front of the light of a building that was empty and heard footsteps where there was no one walking. We would highly recommend doing both a day and night tour!
Plan your trip to Lake George
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Lake George
Side trips from Lake George
Hidden gems in Lake George
Kid-friendly things to do in Lake George
Nearby attractions in Lake George
Nature in Lake George
Trips to Fort William Henry Museum by other users
5 days in Lake George BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES The Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor Wax 'n' Wix Prospect Mountain 9 days in Adirondacks BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Lake George Old Forge Lake Placid 5 days in Adirondacks BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Lake George Lake Placid 3 days in Lake George BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Boat Tours & Water Sports Prospect Mountain Lake George 3 days in Lake George BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Boat Tours & Water Sports Prospect Mountain Wax 'n' Wix 3 days in Lake George BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Boat Tours & Water Sports Prospect Mountain Lake George