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Jenner in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Russian Village Site - Sloboda

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
1. The Russian Village Site - Sloboda Marker
Captions: (top right) A typical Russian sloboda; (bottom) Pictured below is the 1841 watercolor "Settlement Ross", by I.G. Voznesenskii. The village, or sloboda, is a collection of buildings to the far right of the fort.
Inscription. Most of the inhabitants of Settlement Ross resided outside the fort; only Russian-American Company officials and visitors lived inside. Everyone in the vicinity of Fort Ross worked for the company. Lower-ranking Russian and Creole employees established a village complex of houses and gardens that gradually developed in this area outside the northwest stockade walls. The term 'Creole: designated a social class comprised manly of people descended from Russians married to Native Alaskan and Californian. This group formed a large part of the colony's inhabitants. Population of the settlement varied over the years. In 1836 Father Ioann Veniaminov recorded: "Fort Ross contains 260 people: 154 male and 107 female. There are 120 Russians, 51 Creoles, 50 Kodiak Aleuts and 39 baptized Indians".
 
Erected by California State Parks.
 
Location. 38° 30.891′ N, 123° 14.636′ W. Marker is in Jenner, California, in Sonoma County. Marker can be reached from Coast Highway (State Highway 1) near Fort Ross Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19005 Coast Highway, Jenner CA 95450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Ross (about 300 feet away,
The Russian Village Site - Sloboda Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
2. The Russian Village Site - Sloboda Marker
measured in a direct line); California's First Windmill (about 400 feet away); Fort Ross Defenses (about 400 feet away); The Russian Cemetery (about 400 feet away); The Native Alaskan Village (about 500 feet away); Sandy Beach Cove (about 500 feet away); The Call Family Residence (about 600 feet away); Fort Ross Cove (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jenner.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at Fort Ross State Park.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 17, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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