The Renova Fort Ross Foundation is a public charitable foundation dedicated to Fort Ross State Historic Park. Our mission is to promote the preservation and to raise awareness of Fort Ross throughout the United States and Russia.
ABOUT FORT ROSS
Fort Ross, the first European colony on the north coast of California and the southernmost Russian settlement in the North American continent, was a thriving place between 1812 and 1841. It was first comprised of twenty-five Russians, many of them craftsmen, and eighty Aleuts.
Although the territory was fortified, the settlement served as a commercial not a military outpost. The Fort’s Russian settlers were the first to introduce to the area shipbuilding and windmills, natural science, agriculture and conservation practices.