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“Cool historical spot to stop”

Fort Ross State Historic Park
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Fort Ross State Historic Park Walking Tour
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Jenner
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: As of November 3rd, we are open only on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays (closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) through March 15th. In addition we are open on state holidays: January 1 & 19, February 16, March 31, May 25, July 4th, September 7, November 11, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day. Open December 22nd, 23rd, 24th and from December 26th to January 2nd. Because of Sacramento budget cuts, our days of operations vary with the season. 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 Kashia territory. Our visitor center showcases a museum, bookshop, and an 18-minute video introducing the park's history. Some points of interest: 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.
Rohnert Park, California
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Cool historical spot to stop”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

This is an original fort built by the Russians who settled in this area over a hundred years ago. Lots of cool things to explore if you love history you'll enjoy it here. Not a whole lot to do except explore the fort and check out the beautiful coast

Visited June 2012
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sarichka_1812, Guest Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
Hello Catzcradle,

Thank you for your comments. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed yourself on our beautiful coastline. The history and nature really are the highlights.
We hope to host you again someday.
For more information on our Park, visit www.fortross.org

Thank you,

S K Hunter
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Walnut Creek, CA
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10 reviews
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“Interesting place”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

This was the Russian outpost in North America in the 1800's. Beautiful Northern California beaches with good hiking area.

Visited September 2012
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, May 10, 2014
Hello David P,

Thank you for your review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Fort Ross and the surrounding areas.

A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day 2014!
We are all so pleased to be open more days for our visitors.
Thanks for all your support!

Best,
Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Well preserved history”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

A two hundred year old settlement made by the Russians and Alaskans to trade with California.Well preserved buildings, a very good exhibit telling the story of the settlement, and for two English visitors a fascinating experience of some "different"
history. Open at the weekends, a worthwile visit with good space for walking and picnics.

Visited September 2012
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Thank JLJ166
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, May 10, 2014
Hello JLJ166,

Thank you for your review. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and am very pleased to be able to share with you, that we are now open 5 days a week! Until Labor Day of 2014 (and hopefully longer) we are open Thursday through Monday.

Thanks for all your support!
Best,

Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy
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coy.hays@hescomotor.com
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79 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Russian Fort”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Excellant trip up the Pacific Coast Highway from Sonoma. Nice Restoration on interesting historical site. Nice stop along the coast, enjoyable walk around the grounds. Worth the stop

Visited September 2012
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, May 10, 2014
Hello motorhead01,

Thank you for your review. Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you back again some day!

A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day 2014!
We are all so pleased to be open more days for our visitors.
Thanks for all your support!

Best,

Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy
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sacramento
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30 reviews
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“Interesting history”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

We took the ranger led tour of the fort. She was very informative and unlocked the newly reconstructed store for us to go thru, in addition to the other buildings that were open. Nice museum too.

John Sutter bought Fort Ross after the Russian's left and moved a lot of things from Fort Ross to Sutter's Fort in Sacramento. Also learned a lot about the Eskimos who came with the Russians to hunt otter for them.

Visited September 2012
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Thank lj3650
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, May 10, 2014
Hello lj3650,

Thank you for your review. Great history tips and beautiful pictures! Thanks for adding to the collection on Fort Ross!

A bit of good news from Fort Ross, we are now open Thursday through Monday 10 am- 430 pm until Labor Day 2014!
We are all so pleased to be open more days for our visitors.
Thanks for all your support!

Best,

Sondra Hunter
Fort Ross Conservancy
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