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Fort Tejon
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Fort Tejon
Description - Experience frontier California life of the 1850s and 1860s. Talk with soldiers who grumble about fatigue details. Visit the blacksmith at his forge, the carpenter in his shop, or the soldiers in the barracks. ervants, cooks, officers, laundresses, and laborers are eager to share their stories with you.

Surround yourself with the sounds, sights and colors of the past. Smell and hear the bubbling stew simmering over open hearth fire place. Hear the musketoons fire, the blast of the cannon, the blare of the bugle, and see the clothing of the era.

Take part in everyday life at Fort Tejon. Shoulder a musket, mend cloths, polish brass, stomp around in the mud of the adobe brick pit, help churn butter, play along with children in a game of graces. Visit the officers Quarters and take tea with the Captain's wife or sample the soldiers' rations.

Come take a step back in time and join with the men, women and children of Fort Tejon. Relive a day out of the past. At Fort Tejon visitors are always welcome and the modern world is checked at the gate.

Attractions - Fort Tejon State Historic Park is the site of a fort established by the U.S. Army in 1854. The post is one of the significant remaining links to the early American occupation period of California. The fort was designed to protect Native Americans living on the Sebastian Indian Reservation. There are restored adobes from the original fort and the park's museum features exhibits on army life and local history. The park also has a number of beautiful 400 year-old valley oak trees. The site also has living history events held by volunteers in costume. Call the park for more information.

Recreation - Fort Tejon offers exhibits, tours, programs and group camping. Single family camping is not available. Please contact the park directly for detailed camping availability.

Climate - A generally warm, dry climate prevails in the Central Valley, it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. In the Central Valley precipitation falls mainly from October through April. Winter temperatures well below freezing producing frost, however, snow is very rare. Summer temperatures above 100 degrees are part of the normal pattern.

Location - The park is 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles, near the top of Grapevine Canyon, via the Fort Tejon exit off I-5.


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Filed By: Lorena
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: If you call ahead of time you can find out which weekend (usually the first) the re-enactment is taking place,during the summer months. We saw soliders in 1800's uniforms,mock battles,old army rifles,gunsmoke;and saw many costumed regular folk showing how life was lived in the 1800's. It brought the fort to life making it feel like you stepped backwards in time. The museum is excellent as well. A wonderful, historical, great for photo ops, but you may have quite a hike from the parking lot--it gets crowded on re-enactment weekends.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Have stopped at Ft. Tejon SP on my way through the pass at least 12 times. Never seen the "people" that you describe, just empty buildings. Still a nice place, but don't mislead the public into expecting a "reinactment" environment on any date. Very unfair of you.


Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON History
Yes
ICON Historic Sites (major)
Yes
ICON Viewing Historic Sites
Yes


More Information

Contact Information:
San Joaquin South Sector Headquarters, P.O. Box 895, 4201 Fort Tejon Road , Lebec, CA, 93243, Phone: 661-248-6692, Fax: 805-248-8373

Additional Information:
California's Historic Sites - This section includes the major historic sites within California. California's rich history is showcased in its many historic sites and monuments.
Central Valley State Parks and Recreation Areas - The Central Valley Region, located in the middle of California, stretches from south of Bakersfield, north to almost Chico. It features rivers, lakes and reservoirs for water recreation and camping opportunities, as well as historic sites and the Tule Elk State Reserve.
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