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Fort Monroe and the “Contraband Decision”

Check out this video to learn more about Fort Monroe and the historical significance of the “Contraband Decision” to the overall story of freedom in the United States. Cox Connection’s interview with Robin Reed, Director of the Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe and Eola Dance, Chief of Visitor Services and Resources Management for the Fort Monroe National Monument, explores the unique history of Fort Monroe.

Proud Army Brat

Lived at Fort Monroe for 2 yrs in the late 70’s. It was the BEST place of all the bases my Dad was stationed and the most hardest to leave. Everyday was a beautiful adventure, it was on the ocean and it was most like home. Hearing taps every night and the cannon going off, catching blue crab in the moat and walking around the top, the Casemate Museum, going out on the jetties and bringing home a BIG horseshoe crab in a wagon one day…ha Coming back home this June to visit and bringing friends to share the best place I ever lived !! God Bless Fort Monroe !! Always a part of me……..

Fond Memories of One of Many Military Childhood Homes

We lived at 5 Moat Walk from 1956-58 when I was a 6-8 year old. Behind our 2 story attached apartment were the rear areas of the firehouse and the base hospital. Sometimes I used to run an elevator in the hospital for people (totally unnecessarily of course). With neighbor children, we broke a few hospital windows playing ball on their large rear lawn area. Went to Brownie meetings in a casement; and a swimming pool was inside the moat area I think too. Attended St. Mary Star-of-the-Sea Church, and it’s related elementary school on the mainland. Great memories living there. Hope to visit someday.

Great Duty Station

I arrived at Ft Monroe in March 1966. I was a PFC assigned to the 559th MP Co. Fantastic place to serve. Spent off duty at Dog Beach, NCO Club on Friday nights, dancing with those charming Virginia young ladies. Volunteer for Vietnam and got my wish. Regret not staying at Monroe for a longer period, but would not have felt completely satisfied as a Soldier, had I not did my part overseas. Hope to return some day to that beautiful Fort.