The old fort has been beautifully restored. You can stroll along the parapets, tour the museums, and see the old living quarters. There is a lot to see here. The museum has a fascinating exhibit on the US Navy's aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga, which saw action in World War II and took part in recovering one of the Apollo spacecraft.
The ramparts facing Lake Champlain are still protected from marine assault by a series of oxydized cannon running the length of the perimeter. This particular collection of armaments seems primitive compared to the more efficient killers developed in Napoleon's day and later in the American Civil War. Gunnery itself was in its early stages of development.
The musket collection in the museum is the largest collection of armaments I've seen anywhere in the United States. There are dozens of cabinets containing period rifles and pistols probably numbering well into the hundreds. And of course the fort's ramparts contain the largest collection of mortars I've ever seen in the United States.
If you ask, the period-costumed staff will help you with all your questions or pose with you for a photograph. They help make this splendid fort authentic by the living addition of quartermasters and militiamen.
You'll get a kick out of all the guns they have here. Everything is still the same as it was over 200 years ago, and the only strange images are modern-garbed visitors running amok through the fort rooms, through the Place d'Armes, along the ramparts, and through the museum.
The garrison at Fort Ticonderoga grew herbs and vegetables here, which formed a large part of their rations. It's a quiet, restful place to go visit following a tour of the fort.
Inside you'll find the interior and settings much like the outside -- genuine and historic, the same as they were when soldiers were stationed here.
If attacking from the landward, think again. Fort Ticonderoga has the largest collection of mortars I've seen anywhere in America.