Old Sitka Site

The Redoubt St. Archangel Michael Site, also known as the Old Sitka Site and now in Old Sitka State Historical Park, is a National Historic Landmark near Sitka, Alaska. Now of archaeological interest, the site, about 7 miles (11 km) north of Sitka at the end of Halibut Point Road, was the site of the early Russian-American Company settlement known as Redoubt St. Archangel Michael (Russian: форт Архангела Михаила, r "Fort Arkhangela Mikhaila"). It was the first non-Native settlement on Baranof Island. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1962, and was made a state park in 1966.[3]

Redoubt St. Archangel Michael Site
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
This Russian plate was buried at the time of the settlement's establishment, and is now in the Russian Bishop's House in Sitka.
Old Sitka Site is located in Alaska
Old Sitka Site
LocationMile 6.9 of Halibut Point Road, about 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Sitka
Nearest citySitka, Alaska
Coordinates57°07′46″N 135°22′24″W / 57.12955°N 135.37342°W / 57.12955; -135.37342Coordinates: 57°07′46″N 135°22′24″W / 57.12955°N 135.37342°W / 57.12955; -135.37342
Area5 acres (2.0 ha)
NRHP reference No.66000166[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 15, 1966
Designated NHLJune 13, 1962[2]


In 1779, Alexander Baranov, a leader of the Russian-American Company, arrived near the site of modern Sitka, and negotiated with the local Tlingit people for a site on which the company could establish an outpost. Although he would have preferred what is now called Castle Hill in Sitka, he was granted this site on Starrigavan Bay. It was not until 1799 that the company established a presence, building a number of log buildings, surrounded by a palisade. In 1802 the Tlingit attacked and destroyed the premises.[3] The Russians returned to the area in force in 1804, and established a permanent presence at Castle Hill after the Battle of Sitka.[4]

The site was excavated in 1934-35, at which time archaeologists recovered numerous artifacts and identified the locations of the Russian buildings. In the years that followed the site was partially compromised by erosion and construction activity. The state built a wayside stop at the site in 1966, and now operates it as a state park.[3] It was designated a National Historic Landmark (as "Redoubt St. Archangel Michael Site") in 1962,[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966 (as "Old Sitka Site").[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "National Historic Landmark: Redoubt St. Archangel Michael Site". National Park Service. Retrieved 2012-03-25.
  3. ^ a b c "Russian American Theme National Historic Landmarks (PDF page 353)" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-10-01.
  4. ^ William S. Hanable (April 4, 1975) National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: American Flag-Raising Site (AHRS Site Sit 002) / Baranov Castle / Castle Hill, National Park Service and Accompanying 5 photos, from 1954, 1965, 1967.