Thursday, August 07, 2008
Fort Ross State Historical Park
Fort Ross was a thriving Russian-American Company settlement from 1812 to 1841. This commercial company chartered by Russia's tsarist government controlled all Russian exploration, trade and settlement in the North Pacific, and established permanent settlements in Alaska and California. Fort Ross was the southernmost settlement in the Russian colonization of the North American continent, and was established as an agricultural base to supply Alaska. It was the site of California's first windmills and shipbuilding, and Russian scientists were among the first to record California’s cultural and natural history. The park grounds are open half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset each day. The Visitor Center, Bookstore, and Fort Compound are open from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day. The park is 12 miles north of Jenner on Highway One.
Fort Ross State Historic Park
19005 Coast Highway One
Jenner, CA 95450