An open field marks the site of the Tlingit Fort and battlefield, where Russian forces won a decisive victory over Alaskan Natives in the 1804 Battle of Sitka. In 1910, this site was designated Alaska’s first national park, with exhibits about the battle and the cultural history of Southeast Alaskan Native tribes. Walk along the shore, and you’ll see many different migratory birds, particularly in spring and fall when the herring and salmon run. History buffs will enjoy daily ranger-led tours of the Russian Bishop's House--one of the few surviving examples of Russian colonial architecture in North America, offered every 30 minutes from May through September. Renovated to its 1853 appearance, the Bishop's house dates back to when Sitka was the colonial capitol under Russian Imperial rule.


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