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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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  • This historic park provides visitors with a glimpse into a less known side of historic Alta California, a recreation of the 19th century Russian fortress & settlement. Fort Ross was established in 181...  more »
  • The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming! No, that all happened a long time ago. This is a wonderful historic trip back through time.  more »
  • This historic park was amazing! We had a great time learning so much and just taking in the absolute beauty of the place. We packed a lunch and had a wonderful picnic under the trees! A great day!  more »
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  • Not sure if I would make this place an end destination but if you are driving by be sure to stop. Plan on spending a bit over an hour if you see the fort and walk through the entrance museum. Very nice newer looking movie room that shows a film explaining what the fort was about. Small stops like this is what I love about California state parks.
  • The story told here is very unique and when I was a kiddie we were not taught but a tiny bit of the Russian history in North America. The grounds are very easy to walk and learn what was going on here about 200 years ago. One thing to note is that the road down to the cove was a little rough and so only attempt that hike if you have proper shoes, I saw a group in flip-flops and they were not happy. If you have plug in electric car, there are 2 charging stations that are "free" with your admission.
  • I rode my bicycle through here on the 2016 Levi's Gran Fondo, nice place
  • I have visited many forts, but this is the first whose history surprised me. The visitor's center has a wonderful museum detailing Russia's brief history on our shores. The fort itself is a beautiful reproduction, but it includes one of only four surviving Russian era buildings in the US. (The others are in Alaska.) Go to the fort! Take the kids! Enjoy our state's exciting history!
  • It was great just to take a walk on the woods. We don't have that in Sacramento.