Ticonderoga, New York
Ticonderoga is a relatively small town located in the southern part of Essex County, in the US state of New York. To be more specific about its geographical location, one could say that the town of Ticonderoga is situated in the south eastern part of the county of Essex, south of the city of Plattsburgh. The name Ticonderoga comes from a Native American word, namely, from the Mohawk tribe and it means, roughly, “the place at the junction of two waterways”: tekontaró:ken.
The original village was situated on a direct route, by means of navigating rivers and two very large lakes, between the city of New York (south) and the French village of Montreal (north). As mentioned before, the historical fortress, namely Fort Ticonderoga is one of the main tourist attractions of the town, given the important role it played in the French and Indian Wars and the American Revolution, during the 18th century. Ticonderoga’s population is currently estimated to be of only about 5000 residents.
This particular region has been explored and enjoyed for many centuries by all sorts of people, given its lush nature and beauty, including some stunning lakes, rapids and streams. Lake George and Lake Champlain point of convergence had traditionally been used for quite many centuries by native tribes that lived in the area before the arrival and subsequent, rather despicable invasion by European conquerors. In the first half of the 17th century, the rivers’ crossing was explored by French invaders, of the likes of Samuel de Champlain, a notorious explorer.
Nature lovers have for centuries have taken the time to enjoy the natural scenery that these many hydrological systems can offer. Even today, this could be a great place to partake in outdoor activities, like biking, hiking or even horseback riding and such, during a vacation or field trip.