During it's active days as a Russian Fort, the yard was less open. This is the only original building still standing, the Rotchev House (substantially restored of course).
There were two blockhouses at Fort Ross, at opposite corners of the fort. One had seven side (this one I think), the other eight. The second story housed cannon.
This small bay is just down the hill from the Fort. It was only used for small boats and local needs. Large ships anchored in Drakes Bay at Point Reyes, further south.
This is the front gate to Fort Ross. All of these structures are replica's, only one original building is still standing (not pictured).
The last time I visited Fort Ross was about 35 years ago, none of the buildings had any items in them. While these are not original artifacts, they make it much easier to envision daily life during the era the Fort was in use.
This is looking west from the main gate at Fort Ross. The Pacific Ocean is very close to the Fort.
This looks similar to other pioneer quarters we've seen, but with a distinctive Russian flair of course.
This is all replica furnishings of course, but pretty realistic. Furnishings were quite sparse in the early 1800's.
This is the exterior of a replica of the original chapel. The round tower on the right is a cupola and is open to the main chapel below.
Fort Ross was quite well armed for it's day. The Spanish never attacked it, partly because of it's reputed strength.
A view of the front wall and yard. The buildings in the far corner are replicas, the originals were used as barracks and living quarters.
The large building at the rear of the Fort is the Rotchev House, the only original building left. It was known as the New Commandants Quarters.
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