Baranof Castle State Historic Site (Castle Hill)

Baranof Castle State Historic Site.
Baranof Castle State Historic Site.


Tlingit natives originally inhabited this area and built a strategic fortification here. Russians occupied the site between 1804 and 1867. In 1867, Alaska was officially transferred from Russia to the United States on top of Castle Hill. Today, an easily accessed walkway can be taken to the top of the hill where spectacular views of downtown Sitka and the waterfront can be seen below.


Site connection to the National Historic Preservation Act

The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.


MP3 File Logo Site Overview

Read aloud by the Juneau Community Charter School 4/5 grade class.


For more information:

Castle Hill Archaeological Project - Office of History and Archaeology *

State of Alaska-Baranof Castle website *

Castle Hill on Wikipedia *


Castle Hill
100 Lincoln Street
Sitka, AK 99835
Boat or plane acces


The seal of the Great State of Alaska.