Renova Fort Ross Foundation:
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.
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.
The vibrant community at Fort Ross hosts a variety of festivals, harvests, music, and events. Some of our most popular events include The Harvest festival, Cultural Heritage Day, and The Windmill Turning. Surrounded by wineries, lodging, and exquisite dining this makes Fort Ross very accessible.
A Place of Tranquility and Culture:
The open land that Fort Ross has is free to the public. It can provide a place of serenity, calmness, quietness, and tranquility for when you simply need to relax. Experience, enjoy, and learn about the great Culture that exists here. Enjoy the cultural heritage initiatives that exist within and the archives in the museum!
Young Supporters of Fort Ross:
Fort Ross is a family friendly place for people of all ages to enjoy. There are many events pertaining to children such as the annual Harvest Festival plus so much more. We also offer advanced exchange programs between American and Russian youth and community organizations such as the Irkutsk Fort Ross Club and SURF.