|Fort Ross State Historic Park Cemetery|
Also known as: Fort Ross Cemetery, Russian Cemetery
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Park Hours: The park grounds are open a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset each day. The Visitor Center, Bookstore, and Fort Compound are open from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Day use fees: There is a per-car entrance fee to the park. As of August 2010, the fees are $8.00 per vehicle or $7.00 per vehicle for seniors.
The cemetery is accessed from California State Highway 1 about 1/2 mile south of the Fort Ross Chapel, at approximately mile marker 32.20. It is on the west side of the highway. There is a turnout at the side of the road just large enough for one car to park. At the north end of the turnout is a break in the fencing - kind of a gate opening without an actual gate. Watch out for poison oak. There is one very large Russian Orthodox wooden cross at the south end of the cemetery. Identical smaller crosses mark the individual graves. None of the crosses have any identifying information on them. According to information in the Visitor Center, approximately 131 graves have been identified. No park admission is required for access to the cemetery, which is about 3/4 mile south of the park entrance.
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