Permanent exhibit inside museum:
This exhibit highlights the role Mount Independence played in the early years of the American Revolution and the Northern Campaign, exploring the lives of the American soldiers who in 1776-77 built and garrisoned one of the largest defenses constructed by the Continentals for the war. The story is told through an orientation film, mural showing the Mount at its busiest, artifacts recovered from archaeological investigations, and state of the art technology. Highlights include the over 3,000 pound cannon made in Scotland in the 1690s, log timbers from the “Great Bridge” between Mount Independence and Fort Ticonderoga, and an engraved powder horn owned by one of the soldiers. In the center of the museum is a large scale group sculpture of American and British Revolutionary War soldiers, two of which “talk” to visitors about their experiences on the Mount. The story of the Northern Campaign can be seen on four interactive terminals.
All trails start at the trailhead kiosk near the museum building. Get your trail guide and map in the museum.
The Baldwin Trail, 1.6 miles long with two spur trails, circles around the southern half of Mount Independence. It features 15 stops with colorful signage interpreting the history of Mount Independence and specific locations and archeological features along the trail. Sites include two Lake Champlain overlooks, the General Hospital, two soldier huts, two blockhouses, a storehouse, southern battery defenses, a probable powder magazine, and the third brigade encampment. The trail has compacted surfaces and gentle grades, and is suitable for outdoor wheelchairs.
For the following three trails, pick up a trail map brochure in the museum.
This loop begins near the parking lot and has compacted surfaces, stairs, and stone steps. It provides a look at rugged rock formations, southern Lake Champlain, and the remains of a blockhouse. A short spur trail leads to the dock for the M/V Carillon tour boat.
Watch for directional signs and small colored trail markers. This loop trail, with several spurs, can be reached off the northern part of the Baldwin Trail. It goes to the northern tip of Mount Independence and is considered a moderate walking trail with grass or dirt paths. The trail has several beautiful overlooks of Lake Champlain, and goes by the barracks location for the star fort, crane site, artificers’ shops, horseshoe battery with view of Fort Ticonderoga, shore battery, bridge site, masting point, an observation shelter, another foundation, and evidence of the Native American past.
Watch for directional signs and small colored trail markers. This trail can be reached off the Baldwin Trail and links up to the northern tip of the Orange Trail. It roughly follows a Revolutionary War supply road. This is considered a hiking trail, with crushed stone and dirt or grass paths, and some steep sections. From this trail you can see the crane ramp, the open meadow that was a vegetable garden, spring, foundation, stone quarry, base of the supply road, and forge area.