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Historic Sites in Vancouver, WA
Vancouver, Washington's rich history spans from the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1806, when Meriwether Lewis had the wisdom to characterize the area as "the only desired situation for settlement west of the Rocky Mountains."
Fortunately for history buffs, Vancouver hasn't forgotten its past. Our historic attractions, museums, and parks will take you back to learn and, in some cases, even relive some exciting times. You'll find plenty of fascinating ways to experience our past from the Native American fur trade days, to the settlement of Fort Vancouver, to the establishment of one of the oldest cities in the State of Washington.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Vancouver USA is one of only two cities in the Pacific Northwest to have a U.S. National Park Service Historic Site in its downtown core. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site includes a reconstructed fort with a bastion, seasonal gardens, an outlying village, and working trade houses for baking, carpentry, and blacksmithing. Set on 191-acres next to the Columbia River, the Fort is a not-to-miss experience unique to Vancouver! Learn more about Fort Vancouver's rich history.
Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, the Cedar Creek Grist Mill is the only stone-grinding, water-powered grain mill in Washington. The mill is open on weekends and hosts annual events like Bread and Butter Day and Apple Cider Pressing. Visit the mill in the fall to enjoy the picture perfect colors of the changing season. To the east in Yacolt, the Pomeroy Living History Farm is an interactive educational museum depicting farm life in the early 20th century. Events include farm tours, a petting zoo, a working blacksmith shop, and seasonal celebrations.