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The Commanding General’s Residence and Garden

A Spectacular Setting for a Memorable Event

From wedding celebrations to retirement parties, and for every kind of special gathering in between, reserve The Commanding General’s Residence and Garden at Fort Monroe and enjoy the extraordinary ambiance that only a historic property can provide.

Hosting a small meeting or graduation party – Reserve Online or Call Today

Time to reserve your special event date at The Commanding General’s Residence and Garden. Perfect for corporate gatherings, reunions, awards programs or holiday galas and fundraisers, this spectacular venue sets the stage for a memorable event. Dates still available – fill out the online application below or call today at 757 637-7778 to reserve this beautiful location for your special occasion!

A Gracious Addition

Built in the Classic Revival style at the beginning of the 20th century, this elegant brick home with its spectacular formal garden was a gracious addition to Fort Monroe, a strategic military installation from 1834 until its decommissioning in 2011. Occupied through the years by the commanding general of the fort and his family, this historic property has been meticulously maintained.

A Venue for Special Occasions

The space can accommodate up to 150 people and is the perfect location for many kinds of events.

  • Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions
  • Rehearsal Parties
  • Engagement Parties
  • Holiday Parties
  • Class or Family Reunions
  • Homecoming Parties
  • Retirement Parties
  • Business Meetings
  • Customized packages that suit a variety of styles and budgets



The residence and gardens can also be reserved for photography, such as wedding, graduation or family portraits.


Floor Plan


Renting the Commanding General’s Residence and Garden

ONLINE APPLICATION DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FEES, TERMS OF USE & POLICIES

When you make a space reservation, please be aware that the historic nature of this property requires that certain conditions be met.

Q | May I use my own catering company or cater my event myself?
A | Yes. The Fort Monroe Authority does not provide any catering services at this time. Please refer to the catering section of the policies for details and guidelines for food service.
Q | What is the capacity of the Commanding General’s Residence and Gardens?
A | The venue can accommodate up to 150 people in certain circumstances. Please contact the FMA special events department with a description of your event for detailed information about capacities and accommodations.
Q | Is alcohol permitted in the venue?
A | Yes. The client is responsible for obtaining the proper ABC license and providing a copy of that license to the FMA before the event. Please refer to the policies for details and further information in regard to serving alcohol at your event.
Q | May I put up a tent in the Commanding General’s Garden for my event?
A | Yes; however please be aware due to the historical significance of the property where the Commanding General’s Residence and Garden is located, only certain styles, and sizes are permitted. In addition, please be aware a six week lead time is required to obtain the proper “Dig Permit” for tent installation. No requests for tents submitted after the 6 week deadline will be accepted.
Q | Where may my guests park when attending my event?
A | Parking at Fort Monroe is open daily to the general public unless posted as reserved for residents or other designations. The closest parking for the Commanding General’s Residence is located behind the Fort Monroe Library adjacent to the Commanding General’s Garden. It can be accessed by turning left from Ingalls Road onto Rogers Lane. Other parking is located a short walk from the Residence on Ingalls Road.
Q | What amenities and equipment is available when I rent the venue?
A | The FMA provides 5’ round tables, 6’ rectangular tables, 5’ half round tables, adjustable height cocktail size tables, black PVC folding chairs, and black or white linens to fit. Please refer to the equipment section of the policies for further details about equipment.
Q | What are the hours I can rent the venue, and is the price for the entire day or hourly?
A | For most events, the venue is available from 7:00am until 11:00pm. The rate is daily for most events. For events needing less time, and meeting the proper criteria, there are hourly rates available. Please refer to the Terms of Use for pricing and rate details.
Special Restriction: Due to the nature of the historic home, and in an attempt to preserve the historic floors, no spiked heels may be worn inside the venue.

Please Note: Please refer to the Terms of Use governing all venue rentals at Fort Monroe, and the Policies governing use of the Commanding General’s Residents and Garden for all information and policy details. If you have questions after reviewing the information feel free to contact the Fort Monroe Authority Special Events Department.


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