UPCOMING EVENTS AT FORT MONROE
Take a look at the list of upcoming events and you’re sure to find lots to do. From movie nights and lantern tours to seasonal concerts and sporting events, there’s something for everyone. Join us for one of the following events or host your own.
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Fort Monroe programs and events are presented through a collaboration of the United States Army, the Fort Monroe Authority, and the National Park Service. Events are subject to change without notice. All programs and events are free of charge, unless indicated otherwise. Some programs and events require pre-registration.
Presenter this evening is Amanda Wells, Curatorial Assistant, Virginia Beach History Museums
Witch Bottles: Countermagical Devices in Early America: Though they have almost faded into obscurity, witch bottles were, at one time, the leading folk magic devices to handle a vengeful witch or enemy. Join us to see how these bottles could stop a witch from harming you or your family and their connection to Early America and the Hampton Roads area.
Presenters this evening are: James Kotrch and Zachary Struhs, Troop Committee Members of Boy Scout Troops 29 & 31
Flag Retirement and Flag Etiquette: Do you know how to treat the American flag? Come learn the proper etiquette with a hands-on demonstration from leaders of local BSA Troops 29 & 31.
Presenters this evening are Hampton Master Gardeners and Tree Stewards
Historic Trees of Fort Monroe:
This Campfire Talk will introduce the new Fort Monroe Historic Tree Tour brochure. Participants will have the opportunity to hear stories of the history of some of the remarkable, aged trees within the moat, as well as learn about the identification, care and keeping of some of the more common, but beloved, tree varieties.
Brews and Bitters: The Bottles of Hampton Roads: Casemate Museum Collections Specialist Chelsea Morris will showcase some of the bottles found in the museum’s collection. She will discuss the history of some local bottlers as well as how glass bottles can be used as tools for establishing dates and trade.
Presenter this evening is Chris Martin, NPS Community Volunteer Ambassador
Dancing with Bears on the Appalachian Trail: Have you ever been hiking and wondered where the trail ends? If it’s on the East coast and the trail was marked with white paint on the trees, then you were likely hiking on part the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200-mile footpath traversing the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. Come learn about long distance hiking from Chris Martin who hiked this entire trail in the summer and fall of 2017.
Archaeology at Fort Monroe: Fort Monroe Authority Archaeologist Sam Henderson will share stories and artifacts from archaeological digs at Fort Monroe and discuss what they reveal about Old Point Comfort’s past.
Historic Preservation at Fort Monroe:
Learn about recent preservation initiatives from the newest members of the Fort Monroe team. Through the Hands-on Preservation Experience (HOPE) program these young people have been learning preservation craft skills while rehabilitating some of Fort Monroe’s most historic structures under the mentorship of the National Park Service’s Historic Architecture Conservation & Engineering Center (HACE).
From Tragedy to Triumph; the Martha Ann Fields Story: Living history interpreter Valerie Davis takes on the persona of Martha Ann Fields who escaped slavery with her 8 children and arrived at Fort Monroe in 1862. Listen to Mrs. Field’s stories of plantation life, her harrowing escape from slavery, and the successes of her children after the Civil War. One of her sons, James Apostles Fields went on to become a lawyer and state delegate; his house still stands in Newport News.
Presenter this evening is Bird Taylor, Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers
Night Skies at Fort Monroe-Waxing Gibbous Moonrise: Join members of the Virginia Peninsula Astronomy Stargazers (VPAS) to learn about different tools used for Observational Astronomy and how to read and use a Skymap. If skies are clear, stay after to view the waxing gibbous moon and some “deep-sky” celestial objects through a telescope!
Presenters this evening are Diane Lady Hawk Stephenson and Greg Two Hawks Stephenson of the Meherrin Nation
Kauwets’à:ka: People of the Water. History and Culture of the Meherrin Nation: Come hear from Two Hawk and Lady Hawk, members of the Meherrin Indian Nation, as they don traditional regalia and share native culture and customs.