students look at team of oxen led by reenactor

Our AP US History (Mr. Pearson), AP Biology (Mrs. Fischer), and Physics (Mrs. Decker) classes took a trip back in time when they headed up to Fort Ticonderoga on May 18. The fort has a rich historical background in both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Now a living history museum, the fort provided an opportunity for the students to speak with reenactors and get a glimpse into the lives of those who forged America. 

The trip included an Artillery Academy, where students looked at the chemistry and physics behind weaponry used in the 18th century. They were then enlisted to help with the lifting of an actual cannon! Teamwork made the dream work and they successfully hoisted the heavy piece of artillery using a pulley system. 

Ticonderoga saw more than its fair share of combat and changed hands multiple times during its time as an active fort. It was occupied by French, British, and American troops at different times. Aftering enjoying lunch in the on-site cafe, students explored the advances made over the course of the Fort’s history and learned about its various inhabitants and the battles that took place on its grounds. Along the way they got to meet Mick and Mack, a team of heritage breed Milking Devon oxen.

This special, immersive experience was graciously paid for by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

reenactor firing cannon

students using pulley to hoist cannon

group photo at fort