Crown Point played an undeniably important role in the American Revolution, but the historic site did not get the recognition it deserved for a long time. All that will change this Saturday, May 13, at 1pm, when the Crown Point State Historic Site unveils a new monument to complete the 250-mile Knox Cannon Trail.
Under Colonel Henry Knox’s direction, 59 cannons weighing nearly 60 tons were hauled to Boston from Lake Champlain where their presence persuaded the British to end their blockade of Boston Harbor on March 17, 1776 – this was a major turning point in the American Revolution.
Researchers have revealed that 29 of the 59 cannons came from Crown Point; Crown Point has been designated as the official start of the Knox Cannon Trail. Despite this, Crown Point had been erroneously left off the Knox Cannon Trail for over 85 years, with the historic site only being officially added last year.
How the Monument Fits Into the Trail
Currently, there are 56 monuments on the Knox Cannon Trail depicting Knox’s journey – 30 in New York State and 26 in Massachusetts. This final monument will officially complete the trail, and pay homage to Crown Point’s important role in the American Revolution.
Reenactors will be on site at the monument unveiling this Saturday, portraying the Green Mountain Boys, a militia organization that helped to protect Fort Ticonderoga from the British. An outdoor reception of light refreshments will follow the monument unveiling and reenactment.