Ft. Ticonderoga is an 18th century fort built by the French at the southern end of Lake Champlain. The site controlled a river portage to Lake George and was of significant military importance during the colonial era. From this important site, Gen. Knox moved 59 heavy cannons to Boston in 1775.
Using sledges, pulled by teams of Oxen, Gen. Knox and his entourage of soldiers and teamsters crossed frozen Lake George and down through the unsettled forests of Upstate New York, over the Berkshire mountains, and through Massachusetts to Boston
In 1926, on the 150th anniversary of March, commemorative plaques were placed at key points along the historic route. The New York marker was designed by Henry James Albright. Many markers are in declining condition.
The markers in Massachusetts were designed by Henry Norton. Unfortunately, Knox did not leave as many detailed entries in his diary during the Massachusetts leg of the journey, so markers are placed in areas only assumed that he traveled.
This marker is the end goal of the approximately 150 mile NY trek. The Gadsden flag in the picture will be carried from Ft. Ticonderoga to this marker. The Gadsden flag was also put into use in 1775 by Continental Marines and the Timber Rattlesnake (native to North America) has a very plain meaning.
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