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“Fun to visit, when it's open”

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.
Hercules, California
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“Fun to visit, when it's open”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Fort Ross is the furthest north Russian incursion back in the 19th century. It has been rebuilt, and is an excellent historic record of a little-known part of California history.

One thing to know if you're an abalone diver - it's now off-limits. So I think many of those who would have visited will now look elsewhere.

Visited April 2014
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hello PhantomPhlyer,

Thank you for your review. That's the first time I've seen any mention of abalone diving here, and I think that's an excellent piece of info to share for future guests. It's true, it is closed. We are trying to give them a rest due to their die off a year + ago.

Thank you again.

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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Kensington, Maryland
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“A Russian Colony on the California - North Coast.”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

One of the oldest State parks in California, the Fort Ross Park was established in 1906. The Fort Ross Colony was founded in 1812 by the Russian American Company. It was built by Russian employees of the Company, Alaskan Alutiq natives and the Kashaya band of the Pomo people the resident Native Americans. The fort operated as trapping and hunting, and a agricultural supply of the Russian colonies and outposts in Alaska. The Company operated the fort from 1812 until 1842.
That's the history, today the fort has been recreated and is a very interesting insight into life of the Russians and Native Americans in Northern California - before it became part of the United States. I highly recommend a visit by young and old alike. There is a small museum that traces the history of the area and a circuit path that takes you through the site. Parking fee $8.00

Visited May 2014
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hello HarryKidd,

Thank you for your review and lovely pictures. Well done, with the short history and tips for future guests.

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, California
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“Interesting, & a Good Area for Children to Explore”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

This was an interesting stop on our trip. We spent about an 1-1/2 hours here. The kids liked roaming around the fort grounds and posing for creative photo ops - canons, the water well, upper windows in the fort, etc. It was a good break from the many natural wonders (beaches, cliffs, redwood forests, etc.) that we had been enjoying along the Northern California coast. Watch the movie at the Visitors Center first.

Visited April 2014
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hello Byrd11,

Thank you for your review. Great tip, watching the film first is the perfect way to start ones visit to Fort Ross. Gives one a much better understanding of what they see down the path.

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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Windham, New Hampshire
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“Hidden Gem on the Coast”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

We stopped at Fort Ross as we wended our way up the coastal route and were pleasantly surprised by this historic site. The ocean views are outstanding from the fort which has been restored along with a Russian house and church inside the fort itself. A class of middle school aged children were visiting for an overnight and participating in the routine day of a 19th century fort in a Russian run militia settlement, so we observed their drills, cooking over open pit fires, and sentry duty. The docents working with the children answered our many questions as well.
We ended up visiting for about 3 hours and could have visited longer. We did not explore the graveyard...maybe our next visit! There is no shop for purchasing food or water nor are there any souvenirs available if you like that. Bathrooms are portable toilets. There are picnic tables for you to use.

Visited April 2014
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Dear Karebearnurse,

Thank you for your review. So good to hear you spent so much time adventuring the grounds and got to see the ELP ( environmental living program) children.

The cemetery is beautiful, I hope you are able to see it someday.

I'm so sorry you missed out wonderful bookshop! It is up next to the parking lot, combined with the museum & visitor center. It's a really great little shop, full of postcards, guide, history & children's books, jewelry, cloths, Russian & American snacks, etc etc.

I hope you make it back so you can see all the treasures for yourself.

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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North yorkshire
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“Take the time to visit.”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Lots of people drive by Fort Ross as they travel on the beautiful coastal road but it's well worth taking the time to stop and visit this fascinating site. The setting is gorgeous as are the buildings and everything is very well presented.
There is an a farmhouse which is only open at certain times which also looked interesting.
We spent several hours and could happily have filled half a day; you can walk across to the community's graveyard too.
Would have liked the chance to buy postcards or guidebook on site.

Visited March 2014
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sarichka_1812, Public Relations Manager at Fort Ross State Historic Park, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hello yankeelass57,

Thank you for your review. Great to see past visitors encouraging future guests to visit. It really is a special place, but easily missed.

I am sorry to hear you missed our bookshop. Perhaps it had already closed for the day? We have a wonderful selection of postcards and guide books, along with many other souvenirs and goodies.

The Bookshop is open 10 am - 430 to 5 pm

I hope you can make it back someday.

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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This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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