Maritime archaeologist Joseph W. Zarzynski will present a PPT talk, “Fort William Henry–Moments in Time,” which happens to be the title of his forthcoming book due out in the summer 2023. Fort William Henry, a French & Indian War (1755–1763) fortress at the south end of Lake George, is largely known to Americans because of its role in the 1826 historical novel, The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper. The book was later made into several movies by that name. The British frontier garrison on the shores of Lake George, New York, only lasted from 1755 to 1757. Nonetheless, its grounds have had a remarkable history. It was the locale of seasonal occupations of prehistoric Indigenous Peoples, a colonial military stronghold, three luxury hotels, a terminus for the Delaware & Hudson railroad, and since 1954, a popular museum.
About the Speaker: Saratoga County resident Joseph W. Zarzynski’s talk will present several historical stories about the narrative of the grounds of Fort William Henry. Most of these stories are gleaned from Mr. Zarzynski’s columns that have appeared in the Lake George Mirror newspaper over the past 10 years. The presenter will have copies of his books for sale and to sign.
About the Living Lands Series
Living Lands is a presentation series that takes an exclusive and up-close look at the people, history and wildlife of the lands of Lake George and the Adirondacks, past and present. The 2023 summer’s Living Lands Series will be live at the LGLC office in Bolton Landing at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required, as space is limited. Visit our Living Lands page for a full schedule.