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WELCOMEWALKING TOUR1619 MEMORIAL

Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center now open Wednesday through Sunday

The Visitor Center provides visitors with a point of arrival and orientation to the significant historical and recreational amenities of Fort Monroe. Through the adaptive reuse of an original Beaux Arts Style building, which was first built as a Library in 1909 by the Coast Artillery Schools, the Visitor Center complements the existing Casemate Museum also open on Wednesday through Sunday. The Center also features exhibits that include the First Arrival story and the Contraband Camp at Fort Monroe, which housed escaped slaves through the period of the Civil War. Free timed tickets are required to visit the Casemate Museum. Click here to make reservations or call 757 690-8181 for questions and assistance.

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Walking Tour Guide

Leisurely explore 21 unique sites full of history, architecture, and nature on a self-guided tour of Fort Monroe. Beginning at the Casemate Museum, you’ll make your way to stops like Quarters No. 1, where President Abraham Lincoln stayed for four nights as he and others planned the attack on Norfolk during the American Civil War; to the Water Battery, which housed 42 cannons as part of the fort’s defenses. After you’ve enjoyed the sites, or even along the way, stop in for a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants here at Fort Monroe.

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1619 FIRST AFRICAN LANDING MEMORIAL ART PROJECT

This one-of-a-kind sculpture will commemorate a singular moment that reverberates through the fabric of more than 400 years of American history—the landing of the first Africans to the Virginia Colony in English North America in August, 1619, here at Point Comfort. Collectively, this memorial and interpretive and education programs will provide an opportunity for national and international audiences to openly discuss together our past to foster a new understanding of our nation’s beginning.

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The Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center and the Casemate Museum are now OPEN to the public Wednesday through Sunday.  For more information, details, and free museum tickets call 757 690-8181.     

The following activities remained closed or suspended:

  • All basketball courts remain closed
  • All public tours and programs are suspended.   

Continued closures and/or limited hours include:

  • Fort Monroe Authority Main Office
  • Fort Monroe Authority Leasing Office
  • Fort Monroe National Monument Headquarters
  • Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center and Casemate Museum are open Wednesday-Sunday.  

Please Note:   As services are also limited during this time, we urge visitors to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out (meaning bringing your own hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, and trash bags to take with you as you leave Fort Monroe). This will help keep Fort Monroe safe for all to enjoy.