TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) — Officials at Fort Ticonderoga say they've received significant federal government funding as part of the $70 million in improvements underway at the upstate New York historic site and tourist attraction.

Beth Hill, president and CEO of the private nonprofit organization that owns and operates the fort, says details will be released Friday during a news conference being held at the fort, located on Lake Champlain 85 miles (136 kilometers) north of Albany.

The fort, reconstructed in the early 20th century on the site of the original fortification built by the French in 1755, attracts about 75,000 visitors a year.

Fort Ticonderoga was the focal point of skirmishes, battles and military campaigns involving French, British, colonial and American Indian forces from the French and Indian War through the Revolutionary War.

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