Fort William Henry Museum, Lake George

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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.
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  • The whole experience is very positive, we started our tour listening to a talk on under water mining of ships in Lake George, then we listen to a very professional tour guide on the history of Fort...  more »
  • The doscents were very friendly and knowledgeable. It was such an interesting experience. We really enjoy our visit. The fort was incredible to walk around and imagine the life and tragedy that...  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!

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