Fort Ross State Historic Park, Jenner

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Fort Ross State Historic Park is a historical state park in Sonoma County, California, including the former Russian fur trading outpost of Fort Ross plus the adjacent coastline and native coast redwood forests extending inland. Fort Ross, active from 1812 to 1842, was the southernmost settlement in the Russian colonization of the Americas. The 3393acre park was established in 1909.Fort RossFort Ross was founded by the Russian-American Company in 1812. Most of the Fort's buildings are reproductions. The one original structure remaining from the Russian settlement, the commander's house, is a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. The California Department of Parks and Recreation as well as many volunteers put extensive efforts into restoration and reconstruction work in the Fort.NameThe name Ross is a poetic name for 'Russian.' It was selected from lots placed at the base of an image of Christ bestowed on the settlement when it was dedicated on September 11, 1812. The Spanish sometimes called it Presidio Ruso or Presidio de Bodega.
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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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  • The leader Song Hunter is the most knowledgeable and helpful regarding the marine ecology of the area! My students and I had a wonderful time observing Seals, sea lions, and rock/tide pooling led by Song at Fort Ross.
  • The view was beautiful and I loved how you could explore the fort and walk into each building. Fun place to explore while learning about the history of California! I learned a lot!
  • Beautiful scenery excellent viewing of the buildings. Ocean view very good stop.
  • Historical place and great views of the ocean.. nice dor family trip and picnics.
  • Very interesting historic Russian fort dating from the early 1800's. Well preserved. Nice grounds; great for a leisurely hike in the woods and along the coast.
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