Once upon a time, in 1812, a Russian-American company established a trading post on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in California. They were able to sustain and upkeep the property, although due to economic and political pressures were forced to forfeit the territory.
Fort Ross, one of the main tourist attractions between Bodega Bay and Fort Bragg, is a California State Historic Park showcasing a historic Russian-era fort compound that has been designated National Historic Landmark status. Located eleven miles north of Jenner on California Highway One, one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world Fort Ross is surrounded by sandy beaches, panoramic coves, and redwood forests, with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Quote: ” On January 1, 1842, Rotchev and about one hundred colonists sailed from Bodega Bay on the last Russian ship bound for Sitka. After 30 years, the flag of the Russian-American Company was lowered at Fort Ross, and the Russian epoch in the history of California came to a close.”
Tons of festivities and more info on
Official Website of the Conservancy
Side note: It was cute to see how one of the vineyards adopted a name of Fort Ross for marketing purposes instead on focusing on quality of their wine.