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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

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Address: 612 East Reserve Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone Number: +1 360-816-6230
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Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military...

Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military history in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the diverse cultures who lived and worked here. Enjoy relaxing trails along the Columbia River and Village.

Experience costumed programs, hands-on education activities, engaging living history events, creative media and a world-class archaeology collection. Connect to the past.

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Historically unknown to me

A National Parks site, historically informative with the help of knowledgeable docents. Witnessed a volunteer chef prepare a special lunch from the period for the volunteer crew... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
HelenVB2013
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Virginia Beach Virginia
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Virginia Beach Virginia
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A National Parks site, historically informative with the help of knowledgeable docents. Witnessed a volunteer chef prepare a special lunch from the period for the volunteer crew. Well done.

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Pacific Junction, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting park explaining the beginning of the fur trade that made the Columbia River the hot spot to be for the industry at the time. Informative, well done displays, and the gardens were beautiful. Lots of very old apple tree varieties and an understanding of how the commerce at the time affected the development of the area. Well worth... More 

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Rainier, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This area is just a short drive from the bustling shopping areas. Pack a lunch and take a camera; there are lots of small animals and birds! You may even be visited by the local elk herd! No feeding the wildlife! But any pictures you take will remind you of the calm surroundings in the area. I appreciated the level... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were at a family reunion with lots of sit down activities, so for a break for the grandsons (ages 5 and 7) we took them to the Fort to run off their wiggles as it is all enclosed. They were fascinated by the blacksmith using the forge. He was great about their questions. The oldest one could not stop... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went this place with my son's school as a chaperone. It was such a great experience. The rangers are full of great information and made it fun for the kids. I personally enjoyed the garden and the black smiths shop. It was a little cool when we were there so if you're able to go when the weather is... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy to walk around and so exciting to see what it was like in the days of the original Fort Vancouver! Great posted information really brings the people to life.

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Rochester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

National Parks Rangers were very helpful. The blacksmith's shop and the store were staffed and the volunteers were happy to answer questions. The Marshall House was also worth the visit. Another volunteer knew many details of General Marshall (Marshall Plan) and the history of the house and furnishings both before and after Marshall's occupancy.

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Olympia, Wa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

It's free and would be better on a non-rainy day. The historic house was a disappointment when you've seen such great historic houses.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Only open Tuesday-Saturday we discovered after going on a Sunday. Went back on Tuesday and the visitors center rangers were busy snacking and at counter and were annoyed when asked for information. Answers included,"not sure, may be happening, occasionally show a movie"! So, was excited to see volunteers in black smith shop and trading post well informed in period costume.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Had just read "two Years before the mast" by Richard Dana and although that focused on the CA coast fur trade, was looking forward to visiting FV to see the Hudson Bay Co operation and living conditions. Large area, not everything is open and restored, but enough to give you a feel. Also visit the nearby Peterson Airfield for more... More 

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