I had company in town this weekend and one of the trips we took was to Fort Ross State Park — just 20 miles north of “At the Bay’s Edge” on Hwy 1. Fort Ross was an important part of California history during the 1800’s. The settlement of Ross was established in 1812 for trade to Russian outposts in Alaska.
Fort Ross was also the site of California’s first windmills and shipbuilding, and Russian scientists were among the first to record California’s cultural and natural history. Fort Ross was a successfully functioning multi-cultural settlement for some thirty years. The tour through the Visitor Center and a walking tour of the grounds proved to be a fun and informative outing!