His Majesty's Fort of Crown
Point, or more simply Crown Point, was a
British fort built in North America in 1759 on Lake Champlain on the border between modern New York State and Vermont.
secure the region against the French, the Fort is located near the
town of Crown Point, New
York and was the largest earthen fortress built in the
first built a fortress at Crown Point in the 1730s with thick walls
named Fort St.
British forces assaulted it twice during the French and Indian War
French blew it up in the summer of 1759.
Point was constructed by the British army under the command of Sir
Jeffery Amherst following the
capture of Fort
Carillon to the south
(which he renamed Fort Ticonderoga) and the destruction of Fort St. Frédéric.
used the construction of the fort as a means of keeping his men
working through the winter of 1759 after pushing the French into
The Fort was never directly assaulted. Lacking the comforts of the
smaller Fort Ticonderoga, it was used mostly for staging rather
than as a position in its own right.
After the French and Indian
the British left only a skeletal force at the Fort, which
yielded easily to the Americans in 1775 in the
battle of Crown Point
at the start of the American Revolution
. The Fort was used
as a staging ground by Benedict
during the Revolution for his navy on Lake Champlain.
destruction of that navy in 1776 during the Battle of
Valcour Island, the Fort was abandoned to the British in
Lacking strategic import, it was abandoned for good in
The large earthen walls of the Fort are still visible today. A
massive, accidental fire in April 1773 entirely destroyed the log
and earth fortress, leaving the empty stone ruins of two barracks
buildings standing. These ruins still stand and are being carefully
The Fort was declared a National Historic Landmark
Visits by Founding Fathers
File:South view of crown point 1760.jpg|A south view of Crown Point
by Thomas Davies.Image:Ruins of Fort
Frederick Crown Point N.Y.jpg|Ruins of Fort at Crown Point, Crown
Point, N.Y. circa 1902
.File:Ruins of Fort
Frederick, Crown Point, N.Y. 1907.jpg|Ruins of Fort at Crown Point,
Crown Point, N.Y. circa 1907
.File:Ruins of Fort
Frederick, Crown Point, N.Y. 1900.jpg|Ruins of Fort at Crown Point,
Crown Point, N.Y. between 1900
.File:Fort Henry from Fort Frederic Crown
Henry from Crown Point, Crown Point, N.Y.
shows view across Lake
Champlain at hills in
the distance on December 23 1902.
Image:fortatcrownpoint.jpg|Ruins of Fort at
Crown Point, Crown Point, N.Y. in 2004
.Image:British Fort at Crown Point.jpg|Fort at
Crown Point, N.Y. in 1995
Image:Crown Point NY
historical reenactment.jpg|An historical reenactment at Fort Crown
Point, 8 August, 2009.