Visiting Fort Ticonderoga was an annual event when I was growing up. My mother, Dorothy Mae Wills, loved the place at the northern end of Lake George and the southern end of Lake Champlain. We went there every year and it was the place we were most likely to take out of town visitors. Today I have pictures of several different trips to the fort: with cousin Wayne, with my childhood friend Marianne, with college students from Europe. To this day it is often a place I love to bring visitors.
|Visiting Fort Ticonderoga in the 1950s|
|Wayne and I on the cannons|
and here are some more recent views.....
|The lower Champlain Valley from Carillon|
|Carillon flying the colors of the French Regiments|
|Moat around Carillon|
My mother had no idea just how closely her family history and mine was interwoven with Fort Ti and other forts in the Champlain and Richelieu Valleys or did she? My mother was ever mindful of the ancestors even though she did not know who they all were. Perhaps, on some level, she knew Ticonderoga and the Champlain Richelieu corridor was the location and the reason for her ancestors living where they lived and why she was there. Many forefathers of the families featured on this blog, Beauvais, Bissonnette, Glode, Poissant, Lavallé, Robert, Rivet, served in the Carignan-Salières Regiment in the forts from 1665 to 1668, or later in the Compagnies Franches de la Marine or the Regiments of the French and Indian War. They served in the lands of Champlain and Richelieu Valleys.
The French claimed and occupied the area around northern Lake George or Lac Saint Sacrément through Lake Champlain to the Richelieu Valley from 1609 to 1759. From the most southern to northern points, the forts were...
The northern forts built in the 17th century Ste Therese, St Jean, St Louis/Chambly, and Sorel were constructed to defend the settlements from Iroquois raids. Soldiers of the Carignan-Salières built and served in these forts.
|The 17th Century Forts|