name "Ticonderoga" is one of the most significant
and familiar in American History. The Iroquois word, meaning
"the land between the waters," describes the historic
portage between Lake Champlain and Lake George used by Native
Americans for 10,000 years.
Here France and Britain fought the empire in the French and
Indian War, and America and Britain struggled during the Revolution.
Over fifty plaques throughout the Town of Ticonderoga mark
historic sites and remember legendary heroes, including St.
Issac Joques, British Lord Howe, Robert Rogers of the Rangers,
French General Montcalm, American General Henry Knox, and
the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont.
Ticonderoga also has a significant history in the Paper making
Industry. International Paper's Ticonderoga mill traces its
origins to 1882 and the banks of the LaChute River in the
village of Ticonderoga. The Ticonderoga mill is one of the
few mills in the industry that includes the entire papermaking
process - from eight-foot logs at one end to reams of copying
paper at the other. On a typical day the Ticonderoga mill
produces 850 tons of fine white paper. Ticonderoga is also
the home of the former “Dixon Crucible Company”
that produced the original "Ticonderoga Pencil,"
which remains famous to this day.
Everywhere you wander in this valley you will find history
unequalled anywhere else in the United States, from the historic
stone fortress of Fort Ticonderoga, the Lord Howe Valley (scene
of the Rogers' Rangers Battle on Snowshoes), the Village of
Ticonderoga's industrial heritage, to the Crown Point State
Historic Site, and Penfield Museum.
This area offers a unique opportunity for new business and
for light industry to relocate here. The Chamber of Commerce
offers resources of information and assistance to new business
as we encourage growth of the Ticonderoga Area.