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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

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Address: 612 East Reserve Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone Number: +1 360-816-6230
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Description: Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military...
Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military history in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the diverse cultures who lived and worked here. Enjoy relaxing trails along the Columbia River and Village. Experience costumed programs, hands-on education activities, engaging living history events, creative media and a world-class archaeology collection. Connect to the past.
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The Crown Jewel of Vancouver

Walk along Officers Row. Stop for a glass of wine and an appetizer on the wrap around veranda of the Grant House. In park is a bandstand that sometime has impromptu concerts... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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vancouver, washington
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vancouver, washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Walk along Officers Row. Stop for a glass of wine and an appetizer on the wrap around veranda of the Grant House. In park is a bandstand that sometime has impromptu concerts. Very nice running trails through the park and the barracks. Fort Vancouver has been restored. There are volunteers that lead candlelit tours at the Fort. It is a... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Fort Vancouver NHS has much to offer. At the Fort itself, there are volunteers that give demonstrations of life in the 1840's, including Blacksmithing, Carpentry, Cooking as well as interpretation in other buildings at the Fort. Additionally there is the Pearson Air Museum that gives the history of flight in the area from the early 1900's to present as the... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The reconstructed Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, Washington, recalls the days of the Hudson’s Bay Company, who built a fort here as the hub of a fur trading network. Established in 1825, at its height the Fort had 600 employees, two dozen outposts, and six ships. Surrounded by the bastion of wooden poles, the Fort duplicates many of its buildings and... More 

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Vancouver, Washington, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you're interested in how early European adventurers worked and lived or you're interested in how an authentic fort looked like stop by Fort Vancouver. You might catch one of the blacksmiths at work or you can stop by the officer's quarters where 18th century gentleman dined and discussed how much beaver pelts turned to top hats fetched in Europe.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Ft. Vancouver is a worthy trip that is in plain view from the interstate. Each of the buildings has been restored or recreated and each has an informative plaque telling you what they were used for and the history behind them. Some of the buildings have working demonstrations going on that are quite fascinating, such as the smithy. Overall, it's... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visited there several times last year and enjoyed the walk around a reconstruction of a fort. Not much for interactivity but I really did enjoy the garden outside the fort and the blacksmith is very interesting. Overall a nice place to spend an hour but that's about it. It is a loud place due to the proximity of a major... More 

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Washington State
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you get a change to visit the Ft Vancouver Campfires & Candlelight, what a great experience! You get to stroll back in time (starting around 1846) to mingle around campfires of costumed soldiers of the different wars. Inside the Fort you can interact with the characters in the bakery, with the blacksmith, in the hospital and the store. Also,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Whether you are just taking a tour of the grounds and buildings or attending one of the special events, you will enjoy your visit to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. We took our grandchildren to one of their special events in December, and all five of them, aged 5-11 had a wonderful time. They enjoyed making old-fashioned wreaths, wooden... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I decided to drop in on my way to the Portland International Airport and I'm really glad that I did! I showed up early in the morning on a damp, overcast day so I was - not surprisingly - the only tourist wandering around. Yup, I got the fort all to myself except for the Ranger on duty and some... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

It has a nice officers Row, homes a painted in the colors they would have been during that period. There's a Fort you can visit and they used to have spectacular fireworks on July 4th, not sure if they still do. Compared to other historic sights, it's probably average, nothing exceptional, in my opinion.

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