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“Fort Vancouver - Vancouver, Washington”

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 57 things to do in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Originally a British Hudson's Bay trading company located near the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington, this fort and surrounding grounds were the home at one time to generals George C. Marshall, Ulysses S. Grant, William Sherman, Phillip Sheridan, George McClellan, and Omar Bradley. The site includes Vancouver Barracks which housed thousands of soldiers over the years and their officers at Officers Row, large elegantly restored Victorian houses. The U.S. Grant House in Officers Row is a wonderful restaurant.

The fort itself includes a nice gift shop. Admission is reasonable. Queen Victoria's birthday is celebrated regally and annual events such as the Brigade Encampment are chances to view life as it existed in the 1840's with trappers, Indians, horses, and soldiers in period attire. The John McLoughlin house is located within the fort. Park personnel or volunteers, at times, are dressed in period attire and will chat with you in some of the drawing rooms. Ask about life then, not about cars, airplanes, or computers, since they hadn't been invented yet.

A bakery and blacksmith shop were in operation. Additional buildings within the fort are being restored as funds permit.

A great place to take a family or friends from out-of-town or abroad.

1  Thank Michael F
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Take a walk around the fort enjoy the garden and learn of times gone by. Talk to the park rangers go into the homes and blacksmith shop as the Fur house and learn how the furs are graded

Thank travelers201168
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

This old Fort is amazing. There century-old houses once used by military brass stationed here -- well cared for and in use, and lots of old barracks and buildings that were in use by the military until recently. Fun to explore and lots of wonderful things to discover, starting at the visitor center. Good walking paths, big trees, huge lawns for kids to run (a great place for picnics), a re-created village, great signage to help you understand the area's history, and a wide variety of special events that are fun and educational like camp outs under the stars, costumed living history programs, and hands-on activities. The real gem is the re-created Fort -- great for kids and adults -- and the garden is a wonder -- planted like a settler's garden with food, spices, and plants for medicinal cures. Don't miss the nearby Pearson's Air Museum and a short walk over the land bridge to see the old apple tree, believed to have been planted when the Fort was settled in the 1850s.

1  Thank Kim B
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We drove there thinking there is something to look at but all we see are houses.There are signs outside each house and description on it. Nothing fancy about it.

Thank AsiatripWQB
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

If you've been to Williamsburg, or heard of it, Fort Vancouver is a smaller version... we had no idea what to expect, but found this to be a very accessible and entertaining historic site. Don't miss it!!

Thank CathyOfCal
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