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Fort Ross State Historic Park

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Fort Ross State Historic Park

Fort Ross State Historic Park
The reconstructed chapel of Fort Ross
Map showing the location of Fort Ross State Historic Park
Map showing the location of Fort Ross State Historic Park
Location Sonoma County, California, USA
Nearest city Jenner, California
Area 3,393 acres (1,373 ha)
Established 1909
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Fort Ross State Historic Park is a historical state park of California, USA, including the former Russian fur trading outpost of Fort Ross plus the adjacent coastline and native coast redwood forests extending inland. Fort Ross, active from 1812 to 1842, was the southernmost settlement in the Russian colonization of the Americas.[1] The 3,393-acre (1,373 ha) park was established in 1909.[2]


  • Fort Ross 1
  • Park access & closures 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Fort Ross

Fort Ross was founded by the Russian-American Company in 1812. Most of the Fort's buildings are reproductions. The one original structure remaining from the Russian settlement, the commander's house, is a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. The California Department of Parks and Recreation as well as many volunteers put extensive efforts into restoration and reconstruction work in the Fort.

Park access & closures

In 2009 the park was under the risk of being closed due to state budget cuts. Russian ambassador Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak petitioned in favor of the park, but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promised nothing.[1] On June 22, 2010, a memorandum of understanding between the Renova Group of Companies and the State of California, and between Renova Group and Fort Ross Conservancy (then the Fort Ross Interpretive Association) was signed in San Francisco in the presence of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev "to affirm a partnership to support and promote the preservation of California's Fort Ross State Historic Park, and to raise awareness of its historical and cultural significance."[3][4] The threatened park closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide.[5]

Today, the park and visitors center are open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10am-4:30pm. During the summer they are also open on Fridays. Park grounds may be visited from sunrise to sunset throughout the year. Check the website for more details: Fort Ross SHP

See also


  1. ^ a b Lin, Judy (2009-09-12). "A symbol of Russian history at risk in California". Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  2. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10". California State Parks. p. 28. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  3. ^ "Встреча с губернатором штата Калифорния Арнольдом Шварценеггером" (Press release). 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ McGreevy, Patrick; Sahagun, Louis (2009-09-26). "State parks to stay open, but with cuts in hours, staffing". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Calif.). Retrieved 2011-12-30. 

External links

  • Fort Ross State Historic Park
  • Fort Ross State Historic Park
  • Fort Ross Conservancy
  • Commander's House, Fort Ross National Historic Landmark listing
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