Last week, I took the kids to Fort Vancouver. It was our first visit to this historic site.
Built in 1829, Fort Vancouver was once the most important settlement in the Pacific Northwest. It was the headquarters for the Columbia department of Britain’s Hudson’s Bay Company and primarily used for fur trade.
Here’s some of what we enjoyed that day:
There were two carpenters in the shop when we stopped by. One continued to work & the other answered questions the kids asked.
WELL & WASH HOUSE
CHIEF FACTOR’S RESIDENCE
The Counting House was where the financial records were kept.
There was only one bastion built to protect Fort Vancouver.
The original bastion was built in 1845.
There are other things to see at the Fort Vancouver Historical Site including a garden, barracks & Victorian homes.
A small scale version of the garden that was once outside the palisade walls.
Officers Row is a tree lined street that once held the homes of US military officers of the Vancouver Barracks. The homes are still standing, but are no longer used for military personal. A couple of the homes are open to the public, others are residential homes.
In 1846, Oregon Country was divided so that north of the 49th parallel now belonged to the US, which meant the Britain based Hudson’s Bay Company soon moved out. In 1849 the US Army established a post just slightly above the Fort. By 1866 all the buildings at the Fort were destroyed.
We even found time to do a little letterboxing while at the Fort.
A couple weeks prior we collected a hitch hiker from a letterbox. A hitch hiker is an extra stamp & logbook found in a letterbox meant to be taken and placed somewhere else. We placed it in a letterbox we found at Fort Vancouver.
We spent a couple hours exploring the Fort and the garden. Although not my favorite site from the National Park Service, we still had a great time. I know I learned as much, if not more, than the kids. It’s definitely on my list of places to return to.