This year, 2016, is the 200th anniversary of the Pell family living on the garrison grounds and preserving Fort Ticonderoga in New York.
Now, a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of American history, and “Le Petit Pavilion”, has been made available. The home of the last Pells to live on these historic grounds and call the battlefield home.
This large, almost 4,000 square foot home, not including the two car garage with its attic, has 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, – three full and two half baths, a roomy kitchen with lots of sunshine, a formal dining room, a family/study with a large fireplace, an enclosed outside porch, a formal living room with a fire place, a first floor wing for guests or people who have difficulty getting around. The landscaping was designed by a member of the Austrian-Vermont Von Trapp family.
Stephanie Dechame, ne Pell, who grew up on the grounds with her grandparents, twice christened the aircraft carrier, Ticonderoga, and held receptions for crews and veterans at her home, as well as, troops participating in the Fort’s 20 years of world famous highland games and military tattoo.
Active duty military units from around the world have signed in at the homes entry, and regiments from our proud past have also passed through this property. The greatest battle in North America until the Civil War occurred here in 1758, and when the house was built, artifacts of the great battle were found. It is easy to presume that there are many more artifacts surrounding the home. Today, you can hear the occasional pop of muskets, and the Fife and Drum Corps playing in the Fort’s parade ground. At night in this forest, you are surrounded by the Fort’s preserve, the owls mournful, the wind blowing through the tall pines, you imagine, perhaps, hearing the bagpipes of The Black Watch Regiment in the great battle for Fort Ticonderoga.
Between two lakes as the Iroquois Indians called it, Ticonderoga is a place where you can fish and play on two different bodies of water. The ferry boat to Vermont is only a quarter of a miles away from you steadily making its trip shore to shore on 12 minute intervals. The Ticonderoga train station between Montreal and New York City is an eight of a mile away from “Le Petit Pavilion”, so your friends can never say that it’s hard to get here!