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Fort Ross State Historic Park

19005 Coast Hwy One, Jenner, CA 95450
+1 707-847-3437
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Jenner
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving
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Owner description: Good news-continuing past Labor Day, we will be open 4 days a week, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Originally built by Russians in 1812, Fort Ross became a state park in 1909. Today the 3,400 acre park offers pristine natural landscapes as well as historic structures and exhibits that bring to life the former Imperial Russian settlement, early California Ranch era, and the Kashaya territory. Some of the points of interest are: Russian Orthodox chapel, replica Russian-style windmill, historic buildings and exhibits, cannons, historic cemetery and orchard, and a San Andreas Fault marker. You can also enjoy Sandy Cove Beach and numerous trails. Activities include hiking, swimming, marine mammal watching, and more.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Fort Ross is a work in progress but has progressed to the point where it is very interesting and informative about the Russian presence in the area during the early 1800's. The fort has been rebuilt but does contain some of the original inside structures and implements. The museum adjoining contains artifacts and much information about the fort. A brief... More

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Grass Valley, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Yep, that's right. Present day Fort Ross used to be a Russian settlement. It's now a state park with a lot of the original buildings preserved or restored. The grounds and buildings are well cared for. The church,graveyard and fort are still in tact and open for viewing. Some of the buildings and equipment used to load and unload the... More

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Sacramento, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We came here one afternoon while staying at the Fort Ross Lodge, which is a few miles north of the Fort on Hwy 1. The highlight of the visit to the fort was the historical lecture given by one of the docents: it was full of good historical information and interesting anecdotes. After the lecture we walked around the fort... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Well worth stopping for an hour and wandering around Fort Ross ( from Rossiya). 35 years of peaceful Russian occupation on this most spectacular coastline is something I have only just learnt about. The fort is extremely well preserved and the walk among and though the buildings and along the coast is beautiful. Do not forget the chapel which is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Worth the time to stop and take a look at history. some buildings are old some are newer. Staff is very knowledgable and friendly.

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23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Museum and Fort at this Historic park was well worth the stop. The park did an excellent job explaining the beginnings of the Fort with the Russian Ownership, the Indians involved as well as US. The fort is is great shape. Lovely walk on the coast line as well. The movie is short and very interesting. Plus there are... More

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San Francisco, California
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12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Excellent park with the history of the Russian settlement in this part of California that was not explored nor settled by the Spaniards.

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Pembroke, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Stopped here on our road trip from Point Reyes to Leggatt.Unfortunately it was a day on which it was closed (open Monday, Friday, Sat and Sun). However we talked to one of the passing fort guides who told us we could park just off the main road and walk into the fort. As it happened there was a school educational... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This historical site is beautifully maintained. The docent on hand spoke Russian, English and some French. We were not there for the first part of his talk yet everyone was encouraged to ask questions and he was a wealth of information. After touring, reading the exhibits and listening one could definitely imagine what life may have been like for the... More

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Rialto, California
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21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Fort Ross was built by the Russians in 1812. It has been preserved and reconstructed with great exhibits explaining the various buildings. Definitely a stop when traveling on Hiway 1!

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