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400th Commemoration

The 400th anniversary of the first Africans to arrive in English North America. More >


For two weeks, June 19 through July 4, we hosted the first ever virtual Freedom Run. Runners had the option of participating in the Fort Monroe Freedom 5K or the 1.3 mile Rampart Run.

Thank you for running with us! We appreciate all the pictures and loved hearing about what freedom means to you. Stay tuned for updates regarding final race results.

Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center
Opening 2020

The Visitor Center will provide 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 will complement the existing Casemate Museum.

With visitor amenities, galleries, a gift shop, information desk, archives and multi-purpose space it will also feature 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. The Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center will open in 2020.


at The Commanding General’s Residence & Garden

Special occasions call for gracious entertaining, and the perfect venue for your event is the historic Commanding General’s Residence & Garden at Fort Monroe.

Built in the early 20th century in the Classic Revival style, this stunning brick home, along with its spectacular garden, provides the perfect backdrop for special memories.


 Restrictions on outdoor activities and building closures remain in effect until further notice.   July 4th fireworks and programs are cancelled for this year. 

Areas of closures and suspended activities/amenities include:

  • UPDATED:  Beaches—reopened on 5/29/2020   
    No tents, no clusters of umbrellas, no group sports, no alcohol, or gathering in groups of 10 or more people will be allowed. Please, no parking on the grass.  
  • All basketball courts and playground areas remain closed
  • UPDATED:  Fishing piers at Engineer Wharf and Finger Pier opened 5/30/2020
  • All public programs and tours, including July 4th fireworks are cancelled.   

Continued closures include:

  • Casemate Museum
  • Fort Monroe Authority Main Office
  • Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center
  • Fort Monroe Authority Leasing Office
  • Fort Monroe National Monument Headquarters
  • UPDATEDOld Point Comfort Marina--Now open daily 8 am -- 5 pm.

These steps are being taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to protect public health as well as public safety and are in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines and orders.  Guests who choose to visit Fort Monroe during this time are encouraged to adhere to the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Virginia Department of Health. 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.