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Sitka National Historical Park

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Sitka National Historical Park was established in the early 1900's, making it Alaska's oldest federally designated cultural and historic park. The goal was to preserve and interpret the last battle fought between the Tlingits and the Russians in 1804, known today as the Battle of Sitka. All that remains of this last major conflict is the site of the Tlingit Fort and battlefield. The park takes up over 100 acres of forest, river, shoreline, and the Russian Bishop's House.

In 1965, a new visitor center was opened. It contains many interesting exhibits and houses the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center. The park was established on the National Register of Historical Places in 1966.

Wooded trails through the park bring you past a collection of restored and recreated hand-carved Haida & Tlingit totem poles. Most of the totem poles came from Haida villages located on Prince of Wales Island; others come from the display at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Interpretive signs tell you more about the poles and what they represent.

Old growth Sitka Spruce towers overhead as you walk through the temperate rainforest. Ferns, shrubs, and flowers border the trail that leads to the place where the Tlingit fort used to stand. The self-guided walking tour is free and open to the public.

The park, over the years, has been used for a variety of purposes such as picnics, battle memorial potlatches, gathering native plants, fishing, hunting and just enjoying the serenity and beauty of the area.

Watch For...
Guided ranger walks on various topics that are offered in the summer months. Please check with the park for their weekly schedule.

SUMMER HOURS AND FEES
Open daily, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Free self-guided walking tour

Website: http://www.nps.gov/sitk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


[For several reasons, our] whole trip, from the lodge Sunday morning to our condo in Cincinnati last night, was about 32 hours long. Fortunately, the luggage and fish boxes arrived with us. The fish was still frozen when we unpacked it after we got home. That extra care your fish packers took in wrapping the catch with that foil-bubble insulation material really did the trick. I really appreciate your seeing to that. We had a wonderful time in Sitka. The Checkmate is a terrific, well-built boat. Having the head on board sure makes for a far more comfortable and enjoyable experience out on the water. We were lucky to have Captain E.J. and deckhand Tom taking care of us out there. They were professional and friendly at the same time, a good combination of traits, and they made sure we had a good time. E.J. makes fantastic sandwiches, Tom made sure we kept our lines untangled, hooks baited and our bait in the water, and the girls made some absolutely addicting cookies for us. Your client coordinator took really good care of us. She helped the three ladies to have two super days exploring Sitka. All of us had an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed the camaraderie with everyone in the lodge. We met some neat people from all over. We loved the breakfast girls! As always, our accommodations were clean and comfortable. Well, anyway, thanks a million. I wish I could come back sooner and more often. In the meantime, I visit your website every day to look at the catch of the day and read Tom's blogs. I have the Sitka weather on my computer all the time. My heart is there. Best wishes for a successful season. Please extend our sincere thanks to all of your staff for a job well done. I couldn't recommend your operation highly enough. -Mark F. (June 2010)