Fort Ross State Historic Park, Jenner

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  • Imagine life & history behind the walls of this amazing fort engaging structures , wonderful visitor center exhibit, and friendly staff- thank you SO much a memorable afternoon  more »
  • Spectacular views and chance to experience the 1800s Russian presence in California. Highly recommend spending at least an hour here. There is also a trail to the beach.  more »
  • Interesting history of the Fort Ross area. There is a small museum, a gift shop, a movie showing, and the Fort itself. There's also some beautiful views of the ocean.  more »
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  • It's a beautiful place to visit. You can drive down and pay n park here. Lovely wooded area. Wooden seats to enjoy. Small cafeteria and information centre here. Then you can take a small walk to the fort. It's completely made of wood. Covered from all sides small seats here inside. Has four tall wooden store houses at each corner of the fort. Pass this fort and walk ahead for 5 min and you get to see the entire wide roaring sea.. wave upon wave.. Sun set point here. Great place for pictures too.
  • A very rare jewel of history. One of only four Russian colonial period structures that still exists. Multicultural locale with great interactive presence. The structures are amazing to look at for their nail-less construction technique. The wall is all pin and the buildings are mostly dovetail joints.
  • The fort was once the southernmost outpost of the Russians. 25 Russians and 80 Alaskan natives first settled it. The goal was to grow crops for their Alaskan colonies and to get furs. All of the buildings are recreations except for the Rotchev House. The Russians were there for thirty years from 1812-1842. The church collapsed in the 1906 earthquake. Start with the good video that gives a thorough introduction. I recommend the ranger led interpretive tour [12:00 & 2:00] of the site. It went into areas that otherwise were closed off and is very informative. There is an impressive collocation of furs from various animals that you could feel in one of the buildings. The young sea otter fur was amazingly soft and luxurious- that was the type (and one of the few products they wanted from Europeans) the Chinese wanted in the 19th century. Walk down to the beach and then to the Russian Orthodox cemetery if you have the time.
  • Interesting bit of lesser known California history. Very well restored. Helpful staff. Good explanations. Nice bathrooms.
  • When did Russians first establish a settlement in California? How long were they here? Who was the first country to enact a moratorium on harvesting fur seals in CA? Learn the answers to these questions and many more. Excellent museum and authentically re-created structures and displays. Stunning views of north coast seashore.
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