It has been another busy and eventful holiday season here at the Ticonderoga Historical Society. Our home, the Hancock House, was opened to the community on December 7th to thank all for their support, donations and other good will shown to us during 2014. As in the past we also hosted, with Ti Arts, The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce’s holiday “mixer” where we had an opportunity to personally welcome — and thank — their members who help make this town and region a better place to be. On this eve of Christmas we present some visual presents of the season and a few historical reflections of times past.
To An Evergreen Tree
From a tiny shrub we watched you grow;
Now can you tell us why
You stand so strong, so straight,
Arms uplifted to the sky?
Here, within your branches
Summer birds have built their
While so oft, the winter snows
Have laid their burden on your
Children play beneath your
Light of heart and full of joy
May they, too, grown straight and
Every little girl and boy.
Learn to fill their place in life
With a purpose firm in life
With a purpose firm and true;
May every tempest that they
Make them stronger, just like
– Ellen M. Johnson, Ticonderoga
In another time and place, the beginnings of the construction Fort Carillon by the French, we find in the writings of Burt Garfield Loescher and from the Journals of Robert Rogers the beginning of the formation of his “Rangers” and the scout to Ticonderoga in December, 1755.
Loescher – (The beginning) The Company had no uniforms. “They Cloath themselves and were very ragged consequently they catch cold.” (Rogers)Most of the men wore the Indian Leggings. Some wore the hunting shirt, while others sported jackets or coats with the long tails cut off. They carried whatever arms and camp equipage that they might own.