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Beyond Bullets and Blades
September 2, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
A unique opportunity to handle original weapons from Fort Ticonderoga’s collection to learn how 18th-century arms were made and used. Limited to 5 participants.
How heavy are the muskets, swords, and bayonets that decided the wars of the 18th century? Have you ever wondered how they were made? Beyond Bullets and Blades is a unique experience; an opportunity to go beyond the exhibition case to examine and handle original 18th century weapons with the supervision and knowledge of Fort Ticonderoga’s expert staff. The firearms of the 18th century were built by hand, but not the products of quaint blacksmith shops. Industrial methods were used to produce weapons by the thousands to equip soldiers across the globe. Learn how artisans in Europe and America transformed iron, brass, and wood into the weapons that decided empires and revolutions. Feel the bulk and imagine what it was like for the soldiers of the 18th century to carry these very weapons into Battle.
This specialty experience is offered Wednesdays at 2 pm from May to October. Cost is $25. Limited to 5 participants (age 13 and over) per tour. Tours meet in the Mars Education Center Atrium. Must be able to lift 10 – 20 pounds.
*Advanced Registration Required. To make a reservation, please call Fort Ticonderoga at (518) 585-2821.