HistoryBetween 1812 and 1841, Fort Ross (just 24 miles away) became the southern-most Russian settlement on the American continent. The settlement was established to provide agricultural produce for other Russian settlements in Alaska and became the first shipbuilding site in California. Trappers based at Fort Ross made their way inland along the Russian River, hence its name. Fort Ross is now a California State Park and open year round.
To learn more about the history of Guernenville, and the Russian River area, check out the links below.
Russian River Historical Society
Wikipedia: Russian River History
Russian River Getaways
Russian River Chamber of Commerce