Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TICONDEROGA WALKABOUT

Historic Society, Ticonderoga
PLAN THE JOURNEY BUT DON'T PLAN THE OUTCOME.


A few poignant words I learned in my travels and this worked well for our latest walkabout. We planned to go to Paradox and Schroon Lake, missed the Paradox sign, and ended up in Ticonderoga so that town became our walkabout this time.

 The first place we saw above was the beautiful historic building and then to the left is the old Agway building, It was built in 1879 and was a grist mill on the LaChute River. It is now a hardware store. We talked with Tom Burrows who worked there and found out that he, his dad, mom, and four brothers were fireman in this town. Thank you for your service Barrows family.

Below left is another beautiful building and  just below is a shot of my sister crossing Ticonderoga's Main Street.





This is the magnificent building that houses the town offices. It was built in 1927 and is a 5-story Georgian-style building with giant pillars; so beautiful.
This lady is the deputy clerk. She was very nice and gladly answered all of our questions. They had a wonderful gift shop with a variety of items. I bought a wooden Cardinal door knocker. Wow, I love the people we meet on these walks. They answer all of our stupid questions with a smile even though they have probably heard them all before.
The Falls of Carillon
This is the falls in Ticonderoga. It used to cover an even larger area and the sawmill next to it supplied the lumber for building Fort Carillon, later renamed Fort Ticonderoga. Wow, the history of this place just keeps on keeping on.
Oh my gosh, we even have a covered bridge here. Yahoo, we never know what we will find. What a blessing to be able to do this. Thank you, God.


Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper Company office in 1888. Today, this is the museum. We enjoyed going through this place. It was all a part of the huge paper mill that once hummed along in this town.
 




We did not go to the fort but this is the entrance sign.



The Black Watch Library


In this town, I just had to add some detailed history found in the library. Ticonderoga is situated on a high promontory overlooking the LaChute River which connects Lake George and Lake Champlain giving it an important strategic location. It was a boundary marker from the earliest days. According to historians, Indian tribes met and fought at this location prior to European settlement. Samuel de Champlain, accompanied by Mohawks, fired upon the Iroquois here in 1609. The French and the British battled here, and the Loyalists and Patriots struggled here during the American Revolution. The armies marching and countermarching throughout this township during the 18th and early 19th centuries discouraged early settlers. Samuel Deall, an 18th century developer of these lands, abandoned all he had and returned to England when the revolution broke out.(Wikipedia)

 The librarian provided me with a wonderful history of the library published by the Ticonderoga Historical Society. It all started when Andrew Carnegie donated monies to begin the library. A tablet, placed on the fireplace in the reading room reads as follows:

To commemorate the heroic gallantry of the
42nd Royal Highland Regiment
at the storming of Fort Ticonderoga
8th July 1758
on which day out of a total strength of eleven
hundred
the regiment suffered the following
casualties
7 officers and 306 rank and file killed,
17 officers and 316 rank and file wounded.
                                                                                         
This tablet is erected by officers of the regiment
                                                                 A.D. 1906 
 
 

Here we are at the ferry where we walked on and for $2.00 crossed over to Vermont.




Our ferry captain, who I think was not really thrilled about me taking his picture but in true sailor spirit, respectfully let me take it.
Hey, we are in our sister state, just a ferry boat away.



Now, we are on the way back and low and behold, there is the Paradox sign!
Here is the Paradox post office where we got yelled at by a lady for parking there even though it was only going to be for a short period. She did not know that though so all is fair in love and post office parking territory. We complied and moved to make way for the oncoming traffic visiting the Paradox Post Office.

The locals claim that the word Paradox means water running backward in Native American. Every spring, the melting snow flows into Schroon River. Paradox Lake also flows into the Schroon River, but because the sudden water outflow is increased, it forces the water to flow in reverse. (Wikipedia).




There were very few houses in this village and also very few gravestones. This was a small old cemetery with stones that had actually sunk into the ground and only their tops were showing. The stones below were being forced out of the ground by the tree roots.
 
 
As we drove further down the road to the lake, we discovered a whole lake community with many houses, docks, and boats. It seemed to be a secret get away vacation spot. It was beautiful.
 
 By this time, we were very tired from our walk in Ticonderoga in the heat and then this beautiful oasis out in the middle of nowhere. It was time to journey on home. Onward Chauffeur Venita to our own paradise in Long Lake.

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