Just a 10-minute walk from downtown along the waterfront, this fort was built by the U.S. Army starting in 1902, then purchased by Army veterans in 1947.
Anchoring the south end of the Parade Grounds, the former Army hospital building served for years as the hub for Alaska Indian Arts, a non-profit carving center. This building has recently been purchased by the Chilkoot Indian Association and is being renovated.
The Fort originally housed the enlisted men in two Barracks buildings. Only one of the two buildings stands today. It is unoccupied and in need of major repairs. The other Barrack’s building burned down in 1981. Recently, the foundation of the burned building was transformed into an outdoor art museum knows as the “Fort Seward Sculpture Garden.” Locals call it “the Ruins.”
The Fort is the most scenic and historic part of Haines, and many visitors choose to stay here. A long-standing favorite hotel is the Ft. Seward Bed and Breakfast (located at the top of the hill on "Officer's Row"). If you're looking for a more do-it-yourself living situation, the Fort Seward Condos located in the former officer's quarters of the Fort provide guests with all the comforts of home. There is also a great pizza restaurant, the Fireweed.
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