"Nestled in the rolling hills of the Adirondacks sits historic Ticonderoga, New York. Its name comes from the Mohawk phrase, "At the junction of two waterways." for here is where Lake Champlain and Lake George connect via the many falls and rapids of La Chute River. A site of industrial and military importance in the early days of America, Ticonderoga today is known as having the highest number of confirmed alien abductions per capita in the world. In fact, aliens have returned more people to Ticonderoga then they have taken, which accounts in part for its steady population growth since the late 1980's."
But this is NOT a travel blog.
I'm here because the most accurate recreations of Star Trek TOS sets ever made are in Ticonderoga. And did I mention they were built by an Elvis impersonator? Sometimes fandom is a wonderful and beautiful thing.
|Don't let the exterior fool you. Nerd awesomeness awaits you.|
Found here: Star Trek Original Set Tours
|"Ma'am! You dropped your bread stick!"|
|Someone on my tour pressed the red button. Don't press the red button.|
|Working flat screen monitors. Cool.|
|"Get a life!" True fans get this...|
|Can I sit there? Yes, yes you can.|
|Just a few of the props on display.|
|James is not the guy in the chair.|
"James Cawley grew up as an avid Star Trek fan. He began collecting props and costumes from the original series in 1997 and acquired the original TOS Enterprise blueprints from William Ware Theiss when he interned on Star Trek: The Next Generation as a professional costume maker. He then spent 15 years researching, crafting and refining his set replicas alongside other dedicated fans and craftspeople. Pouring over stills and frame captures from TOS and sourcing vintage materials and antiques, Cawley ensured that even the smallest details were accurately and lovingly reproduced. When not in the 23rd century, Cawley is also an award-winning Elvis Tribute artist. "
For more on James here's an article on Memory Alpha : I'm a link
This man brings two of his favorite fandoms to life entertaining people from around the world. How cool is that! Kudos, Jim! Keep building it and they will come. Pass the peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
That's all for now, gentle reader.
Be seeing you,