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Fort Ross State Historic Park, Jenner

(4.6/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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  • Our overall visit was wonderful. It started with a very helpful person at the front desk of the visitor's center and continued through the small but information-packed museum portion of the visitor's ...  more »
  • Well designed state park that has preserved/rebuilt buildings at Fort Ross, a former colony of the imperial Rossia dating back to 1812.  more »
  • hike around the Fort and then down to the secluded beach below, I've been there twice when my wife and I were the only two on the beach for hours  more »
  • I love this place. You guys really helped me out when I got lost in the forest with my service dog. Your gift shop staff was helpful, informative, and friendly, and your Cultural Interpreter was really cool. I did a tour of the park after you guys closed. I am happy you are keeping the history of Russian immigration alive. Thank you for your time and effort, and keep up the good work.
  • First of all, Highway #1 is a great experience itself - scenic road, high cliffs above the ocean, beautiful green hills all along the way. Fort Ross is a wonderful piece of California history, dating back to the year 1812. A few buildings are original, while most of the others are replicas (pretty good ones, though). All the structures are well-maintained; the parking lot is spacious, and easy to access from Highway #1. Visitor's center has a really nice museum and a gift shop. Rangers are very friendly.
  • Fort Ross was abandoned by the Russians because they tried to establish a colony in the American Native Mexican Land. The land was full of Spanish and Native Mexican people. The Russians attempt to establish a colony was unsuccessful. They failed because they did not have the skills to work the land and they did not speak the language. The land did not belong to them, and they built some primitive buildings. They were very unsuccessful and got depressed and tired so they were looking for a buyer. The Russian tried to sell the Mexican land to the Mexican Government, the Mexican Government laughed. They sold the Primitive buildings to an American immigrant to California, J.Sutter, who bought Fort Ross 1841 with an unsecured note for $ 30,000. That he never paid. Russian were very unsuccessful and so they abandoned the failing Colony. Fort Ross Represents the failing Russia Stockade, they failed because the Spanish and Mexican people were there before they settled on California.
  • Really good place to visit at least once if you are in the area. Really opens up how the area was like back in the day when it was just being used by Russians.
  • Beautiful park that runs from the coastal mountains down to the coast itself. Beautiful forests above, interesting restored ruins of a Russian enclave, and incredible coastline. Well worth the stop on a Hwy 1 tour.