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