• Image of the reconstructed stockade at Fort Vancouver and Pearson Air Museum looking northeast from the Land Bridge.

    Fort Vancouver

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The Village

Artist's rendering of the Village

An artist's representation of portions of the Village.

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The significance of the workforce employed by Fort Vancouver has often been overlooked, and so have the grounds they inhabited.

Fort Vancouver could not have fulfilled its role as the headquarters of the Columbia Department without its employees.

These workers did not live inside the stockade, as the British officers and higher-ranking company employees did. Instead, Fort Vancouver had a distinct area for the living quarters of its lower-ranked, non-British employees known as "the Village."

The story of the Village has been divided into six sections. Please click on one of the links below:

Did You Know?

Image of O.O. Howard from the New York Historical Society's Civil War Treasures Collection

Did you know that a number of U.S. Army generals served at Fort Vancouver NHS’s Vancouver Barracks early in their careers? The list includes Generals Oliver O. Howard, George C. Marshall, Ulysses S. Grant, George B. McClellan, Phillip Sheridan, William T. Sherman, Omar Bradley and George Pickett. More...