Our drive to Lake George in NY took us back over the Green Mountains via Hwys 107,100,4 and 149..about 80 miles through the towns of Bethel,Killington, Rutland and Whitehall. I enjoy passing through these small towns and viewing the old historic homes and churches.
Our visit took us to the south end of Lake George, the location of Fort William Henry a French and Indian War site built in 1755. The fort was the setting for James Fenimore Cooper's "Last of the Mohicans". The fort was reconstructed on the original site in the 1950's. The French under the command of Montcalm began a six day siege that compelled the British to surrender. The fort was completely burned to prevent the British from using it again.
|Fort William Henry|
|Diagram of Fort|
Lake George contains many shipwrecks from the French and Indian War
as well as a floating gun battery and is popular among divers. The lake drains north to Lake Champlain and St Lawrence river basin. It is located in the southeast Adirondack Mountains. The area around the lake swells to over 50,000 during the summer season, the deepest area is 200 feet and it is home to over 165 islands and 230 satellite islands. At one time is was a millionaires summer retreat with many mansions.
|View of Harbor Lake George|
Also popular on the lake are parasailers, tour boats, many hotels, shops and restaurants. Had we not had Destiny, we would have spent more time here, but the weather was hot and we had other stops to make.
|Parasailers on Lake George|
|Tour Boat Mohican|
We then drove south to Fort Edwards and Fort Ann. Only markers remain so I will not write anything about these forts. If interested, go to John's site Fortwiki.com