WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10TH
FORT ROSS STATE HISTORIC PARK
Fort Ross State Historic Park, is one of the oldest parks in the California State Park System, was established in 1906. Located on the Sonoma coast 11 miles northwest of Jenner on Highway 1, the 3,386-acre park preserves North America’s southernmost Russian settlement. The Fort Ross Colony was founded in 1812 by members of the Russian-American Company, who built it with the help of Alaskan Alutiiq natives. Northwest of the fort, the old Call Ranch House and buildings represent the ranching era that followed the Russian settlement. Park facilities include a visitor center with interpretive exhibits and a research library, a museum bookstore, gardens, the Russian Cemetery and the Historic Orchard. The fort and its buildings have a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, coastal terraces and densely forested ridges.
Fort Ross is 100 miles up highway one on the coast, so we will leave at 8:00 from McDonalds on Chilpancingo Parkway Wednesday morning. Our first stop in 45 miles will be at McDonalds in Petaluma. We will be having lunch in Jenner around 11:15, before we tour Fort Ross. Depending on how much time we spent exploring the Fort, expect to be getting home Wednesday afternoon late. I will have a sign sheet at our next meeting.