Within the sanctuary of Fort Monroe lies the Casemate Museum, which chronicles the military history of "Freedom's Fortress." Free Entry. Self-Guided Tour.
Get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and see historical and scenic views along the Fort Monroe Seawall Trail.
Whether you prefer paddling, bird watching or casting a line, our natural resources offer big adventures.
A lovely waterfront gazebo and plenty of open lawn to accommodate both a large or intimate guest list.
The first documented Africans in Virginia arrived here in Aug. 1619
Served as the quarters used by Abraham Lincoln while planning the attack on Norfolk during the American Civil War.
Oldest continually used wooden military structure for religious services in the US
Illuminating Shadows Project
To shine a light on those whose stories have been neglected in the shadows of history, we are working to expand the narrative of Fort Monroe to share the significance of this land to many diverse communities. This particular project aims to share the stories of the many Black people, both free and enslaved, who constructed the walls of the Fort, served in the military as soldiers or civilians, were employed through private enterprise, or lived and grew up on Old Point Comfort from 1619 to the present.
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. Click here to see a digital rendering.
Exploring Years of History
For at least 400 years, the point of land known as Old Point Comfort that now includes Fort Monroe has served as the key defensive site at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
Due to its historical and cultural significance, Fort Monroe was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966 and recognized as the Fort Monroe National Monument through an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in 2011.
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