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America's Historic Lakes
The Lake Champlain and Lake George Historical Site

Jim Millard leading tours of Fort Montgomery, October 11, 2008. The tours were sponsored by the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society. Photo by Jason Millard.







Photo by Jason Millard

Jim Millard has been publishing America's Historic Lakes for over 20 years. This web site is a direct result of his love for the region's remarkable history and natural beauty. America's Historic Lakes is one small way to give something back to the area.

In addition to the America's Historic Lakes project, Jim is an avid amateur photographer and is the author of four books- The Secrets of Crab Island, Fort Montgomery: Through the years... A Pictorial History of the Great Stone Fort on Lake Champlain, Lake Passages: A Journey Through the Centuries, Bastions on the Border: The Great Stone Forts at Rouses Point on Lake Champlain, Lake Passages is a compilation of primary source documents and comprehensive timeline of historical events in the region. Jim's books were out of print for a while but are available again on (in print and e-book format) and at select bookstores. If you or your organization would like to sell Jim's books please contact the author directly at

Jim has had articles and photos published in a number of magazines and journals including "American Spirit"- Daughters of the American Revolution, "Lifelines"- The Journal of the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society, "The Burning Issues"- Newsletter of the Burning of the Valleys Military Association, and "The Red Hackle"- the regimental magazine of the 42nd Highland Regiment (The Black Watch). Jim has also provided materials for use in museum exhibits in the US and the United Kingdom, atlases, public television documentaries and educational textbooks. During 2009 he appeared in the pilot for the History Channel presentation of "How the States Got Their Shapes." In 2018 Jim will be featured in an upcoming episode of the popular BBC Program "Great American Railway Journeys" discussing the fascinating history of Lake Champlain's Fort "Blunder" and Fort Montgomery.

It has long been Jim's desire to share his enthusiasm for the remarkable history and incredible beauty of the Lake Champlain and Lake George Regions. It is his earnest desire that this web site will in some way increase your knowledge of and appreciation for this wonderful place.

Jim has enjoyed speaking about the America's Historic Lakes project and the rich history of the Lake Champlain/Lake George region. Jim has been actively involved in giving personal tours of some of the more unusual locations on the lakes and is a popular and engaging speaker. His presentations are lively and informative.

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Photo by Roger Harwood

Top Left: Jim Millard leading tours of the ruins of Fort Montgomery, Rouses Point, NY. These tours were hosted by Adirondack Architectural Heritage and the Rouses Point/Champlain Historical Society and are no longer available. Bottom Left; Jim discusses the fort during one of his presentations. Want to see photos of some of the tours?  October 11 and 12, 2008. Photos by Jason Millard on Facebook- here.  

Four books by Jim Millard

Now available again in print and Kindle ebook formats on

Photo courtesy of Tim Gonyo, Northwoods Digital, Mooers, NY.

To view more photographs by Jim, check out Jim's personal Instagram feed: Instagram/jimmphotos or
check out Jim's official Instagram feed for his books: instagram/jimmbooks. You can also follow Jim and his books on Facebook

If you have a question about Lake Champlain or Lake George history and can't find the
answer on the site, please consider our site search or emailing us.
Please do not call Jim with personal requests for information or additional research.

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South Hero, Vermont 05486-0262

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The historical information on this web site is provided as a public service by James P. Millard. I  have attempted to be as accurate as possible in my presentation of this historical material. However, I make no claims, guarantees or promises about the accuracy, currency, or completeness of the information provided. In no event shall the publisher; James P. Millard, be liable for any errors or omissions with respect to any information on this site. Material submitted by guest contributors and published on the site is the property of the contributor and may be removed at any time at my discretion or upon request of the contributor. This website occasionally provides links to sites of other organizations maintained by third parties. These links do not constitute an endorsement of the content, viewpoint, accuracy, opinions, policies, products, services, or accessibility of that website. Links to third-party websites are provided as a public service and convenience to users of our site; James P. Millard/America’s Historic Lakes does not control, endorse or recommend the content on sites we may link to. Once connected to another website, you are subject to the terms and conditions of that website.