Vancouver National Historic Reserve

Vancouver National Historic Reserve

Vancouver National Historic Reserve
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Serving as the main supply depot for the Hudson's Bay Companys fur trading business in the 19th century, this 366-acre reserve features many important historical sites including the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver Barracks, Officers' Row and Pearson Field.
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hikeandread
Vancouver, WA39 contributions
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Most days there are tours and/or people in period costume in the various buildings at the fort. You might find the blacksmith there or other experts on the region and period. Very nice for adults or families!
Written January 21, 2015
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shellhunter98
Ridgefield, WA28 contributions
You can spend an entire day here. So much to do and see. If you have a bike (or walk), start down by the waterfront, and ride over the land-bridge, visit the historic site which includes a working black smith shop and so much more. Then bike along officer’s row, have lunch at the Grant House or ride back to the water front for good food and great views at Beaches Restaraunt and Bar or McMenamins brew pub.
Written July 23, 2012
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Lin M
Stevenson, WA92 contributions
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Lots to see here. Try the Ghost Walking Tour with Jeff Davis. Informative, historic and lots of fun. Easy for anyone.
Written March 3, 2019
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F4981JCmichaels
Vancouver, WA1,891 contributions
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The majority of this Preserve, at least for the time being, is made up of a large expanse of grass and trees with paved walkways. There are historic buildings located around the open area, which used to be a military parade ground at the turn of the century. The buildings are from that time period and are in various states of restoration at this time. Some are open to the public, but not most of them.
The main attraction, especially to locals, including myself, is the peace and quiet. Many people just come here to relax, jog, stroll, or play with their dogs. It's an extremely quiet place for being in a small city. Need to just take a break and unwind? Come here!
Plus, it is conveniently located close by other historic locations, such as Fort Vancouver, Pearson Air Museum, Marshall House, and Grant House.
There is a small visitors center at the east end of the site, right off Evergreen Boulevard, the main street crossing through it. It has a knowledgeable staff, a small gift shop, and rest rooms.
Written October 6, 2017
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RSNN
Portland, OR6,303 contributions
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Initially I wanted to have a look at Officers row and check out the Pearson Air Museum. When I arrived it had been raining a little bit. That is when I spotted a sign at The Grant House that LUNCH was being served. I didn't realize it was a restaurant-- so I went their first thing to enjoy and meal and get in out of the rain.

After this I went to the Pearson Air Museum. And walked around a couple Biplanes. and then just felt like walking all over the area. It was interesting to see the barracks and various other old buildings. Some not in use anymore. But there was this atmosphere that the past was not all that far away. It was almost within reach. And very easy to imagine what this place must have been like when it was operational as a place run by the Army.

I also took a tour of the Marshall House. What a cool looking building inside and out.

The Visitor Center is well worth stopping and going inside. they have fliers and booklets of places you can go see. And of course their is a gift shop that has lots of books and other items.
Written January 22, 2017
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Theresa A
Spokane, WA619 contributions
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Take a self-guided tour around this beautiful area...you can drive, if you prefer, but a walk is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy it while you learn something of this national park. The buildings around the Vancouver barracks date back to 1849. Unfortunately most of these buildings are not open to the public but it is still interesting to walk up on the porches and imagine life back in the day! There are three separate areas: Fort Vancouver, which is a reconstructed full scale fort ($3 admission required but so worth it); Officers Row which encompasses Victorian style architecture including the Grant House (great restaurant and the oldest of the houses), Marshall House (open for tours) and the Howard House; and the Pearson Air Museum (the oldest operating airfield offering free admission and a lovely gift shop).
Written June 24, 2015
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Cynthia C
Willamette Valley, OR905 contributions
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With an excellent restaurant and many attractions including historic reenactments I have no idea why this place is not more famous. Just walking the parade grounds (or driving though the park) is pleasant, there are often informed costumed reenactors in the warmer months, when the blacksmith is in I can hardly get my husband back into the car. Check the calendar for special events and have a drink on the porch of the officers club.
Written June 22, 2015
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Sandi G
Vancouver, WA34 contributions
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The fort is special, providing not only a look historical artifacts, but also a look at times gone by. The Fort represented civilization in the 1800's. When you visit the building, volunteers in costumes do their best to represent life in the Fort as it was lived 150 years ago. The trading post may offer a box of apples, grown in what was once the orchard for the Fort, for visitors to help themselves. Blacksmiths explain how billows and the function of the blacksmiths role in settling the west.
Written April 29, 2015
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RonPatTravels
Madison, al98 contributions
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Very informative and interesting. Take as little or as long a time as you like. We did self guided tour.
Written July 16, 2014
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dnelson_1971
Vancouver, WA210 contributions
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There is much to see in this one area of Vancouver. Officers row, the Fort, and the army quarters that have been abandoned and handed over to the National Park service.

The real attraction in this area is the Fort and Officers row. All within walking distance. Get out and walk, I recommend it.
Written May 29, 2014
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