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?
As the fur trade-era depot and headquarters for the Hudson's Bay Company's Columbia Department, did you know that over 61,000 animal pelts were shipped from Fort Vancouver to England in 1843 alone? This and many other stories are interpreted at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. More...