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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  • My wife and I visited last weekend. What a fascinating place. Loved the visitors center. Lot's of information about the history - well presented. Kept our interest. The handicapped accessible trail to...  more »
  • Had not been here in quite a while (12++ years?). The improvements since the last visit were nice - nice parking lot, visitor center, paved pathway to the fort. The fort itself is always great to walk...  more »
  • Amazing views are what make this park memorable. It was windy and overcast the day we visited but it was still spectacular. No amenities other than rest rooms so bring your own food if you plan to sta...  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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