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In 2009 the region celebrates the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Lake Champlain by Samuel de Champlain. 100 years earlier, Vermont, New York and Quebec invited the world to come see and celebrate what the intrepid French Explorer had found— a rich and beautiful place which had been inhabited by native peoples for generations before. This is Part III of the story of those festivities.
Tuesday, July 6 at Ticonderoga
"At Ticonderoga, where fell, one hundred and fifty-one years ago this day,  brave Lord Howe of cherished memory, the principal celebration took place. The Presidential party were received at the "Pavilion," the old Pell mansion on the lake shore, and at the Fort were shown the West Barracks, lately restored through the munificence of Col. Robert M. Thompson, father of Mrs. Stephen H.P. Pell. Addresses were made on the great plain below the fort by Governors Hughes and Prouty, followed by President Taft. The historical address was by Hamilton W. Mabie."2
It was raining heavily when President Taft arrived at Ticonderoga the morning of the 6th. Yet, troops were reviewed, another "sham battle" took place, and the President and other distinguished guests took the time to inspect Fort Ticonderoga, then undergoing complete restoration. Lunch was served aboard the steamer Ticonderoga. At the culmination of the day's festivities, Taft and party went by steamer to Port Henry where they boarded a special train for the return to Plattsburgh.
1 THREE CENTURIES IN THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY: A COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL FACTS AND INCIDENTS- TERCENTENARY EDITION. 1909: Compiled and Edited by Mrs. George Fuller Tuttle. Saranac Chapter, D.A.R. Plattsburgh, NY.
3 The Champlain Tercentenary: Report of the New York Lake Champlain Tercentenary Commission.1911:Prepared by Henry Wayland Hill, LL.D., Secretary of the Commission. Albany: J.B. Lyon Company, State Printers.
LA GRANDE SEMAINE: FÊTES DU TROISIÈME CENTENAIRE DE LA DÉCOUVERTE DU LAC CHAMPLAIN. 1909: RÉDIGÉ PAR J.-ARTHUR FAVREAU. Secrétaire de la Société Historique Franco-Américaine. Worcester, Massachusetts: Compagnie De Publication Belisle.
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