Nestled in the hills between Lake George and Lake Champlain, this historic town of about 5,000 was the site of several legendary battles, including America's first victory in the Revolutionary War.

The town's most famous attraction, Fort Ticonderoga, is a national landmark that overlooks the narrows between the two major lakes, once a key stronghold in both the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars.

The now-restored fortress welcomes more than 90,000 visitors each year, hosting guided tours, re-enactments and demonstrations. The fort's famous War College attracts scholars and historians from around the world, who visit Ticonderoga for the annual event to lecture on military history in an informal setting.

Blood has been shed on the hills of Ticonderoga long before European settlement. According to historians, the town was once the site of several American Indian skirmishes. French explorer Samuel de Champlain, who likely led the first caravan of whites through the area in 1609, may have fought his infamous battle against the Iroquois on the Ticonderoga Peninsula, a 546-acre preserve that includes miles of shoreline and wetlands.

History buffs can learn more about the town's heritage at the Hancock House, a museum and reference library, so named because its design replicated the home of Thomas Hancock, uncle to John Hancock.

The Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, once the location of the Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper Company office in 1888, houses exhibits focusing on the town's industrial history.

International Paper bought Ticonderoga Pulp and Paper in 1925. IP is now the town's largest employer, with more than 600 workers.

Ticonderoga's downtown currently is undergoing a revitalization effort, with nearly $700,000 in grants from area businesses poured into its main street community. Stores and eateries along Montcalm Street have been able to purchase new facades, ceilings or windows from the funds.

The Ticonderoga Cartoon Museum, opened in 2004 by cartoonist Stan Burdick, consists of more than 700 pieces dating from 1830 to today.

Other Ticonderoga attractions include the Ticonderoga Country Club and Lake Champlain Bikeways, a 1,100 mile network of cycling routes.

Snug Harbor Marina, situated on Northern Lake George, offers boat rentals for those wishing to explore the lake.

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