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Eklutna Village Historic Park

26640 Eklutna Village Rd, Chugiak, Anchorage, AK 99567-5153
(907) 688-6026
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Very interesting

Way cooler than you might think. A blend of many religious cultures. Love the way the natives... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
TAMAN1951
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Russian Orthodox Athabaskan lands

Entering through a small gift shop, one walks a short trail by or through an old & newer church... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
skigator
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Fleming Island, Florida
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This old Russian Orthodox village houses a unique cemetery, in which each grave is surrounded by a small, decorative burial house. One of the region's oldest buildings, a church built of logs, was constructed before 1870.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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26640 Eklutna Village Rd, Chugiak, Anchorage, AK 99567-5153
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(907) 688-6026
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Way cooler than you might think. A blend of many religious cultures. Love the way the natives built little houses on the graves of loved ones to provide shelter until the spirit leaves. Well worth the time to visit and reflect.

Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Entering through a small gift shop, one walks a short trail by or through an old & newer church building guided by a local parishioner who explains Orthodoxy's influence on local culture. A brief cemetery tour highlights interesting details about deceased with unusual grave sites...More

1  Thank skigator
Reviewed 20 June 2017

I loved this place. For $5, you get a thorough grounding in the history of the Orthodox Church in Alaska, and this site specifically. That's before you even get to check out the spirit houses. For anyone interested in the history of the area, or...More

Thank kaaaa2017
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

Been here a couple times we took the tour surprisingly interesting and a little weird.. spirit houses? Not my cup of tea but worth a little time but not a separate trip.

Thank Chuck B
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Basically a drive through a small community of limited historical significance. This community does feature a traditional Athabaskan/Russian Orthodox cemetery. This was a traditional native village, but little remains of the old buildings. If you are driving by this is worth about 15 minutes. There...More

Thank Chugiak_dave
Reviewed 10 December 2016

While this isn't your conventional tourist trap, this historical site sheds a great deal of beauty and insight upon the intersection of multiple cultures. This historical significance alone is justification for a visit, but the cultural curiosity prompted my wife and I to capture the...More

Thank BigBrains O
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I don't usually like "fake" cultural villages. However, this was really worth seeing. Usually, these places give me more info than I want. This was a perfect mixture of past and present with knowledgable guides and time to explore on our own. Everyone was very...More

Thank KodiakTexas
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Well worth your time if you enjoy learning about the history of the area you are visiting. The two churches and the spirit houses in the cemetery are available for you to view. Our guide was a member of the newer church and provided a...More

Thank linda g
Reviewed 10 September 2016

The historical park is relatively tiny. However, for history lovers this is worth a stop. You can take a self guided tour or a volunteer member of the Russian Orthodox Church (yes the New Saint Nicholas Church at the site is still active) will give...More

2  Thank ChiefGuru
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

While driving North from Anchorage the Eklutna cemetery is well worth visiting. You'll see spirit houses that combine Alaska Native and Russian Orthodox traditions. This is a 15-20 minute stop.

Thank AlaskaFamilia
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