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Lots of memories

A lot of memories at Fort Monroe. My mother, Mildred Cahoon (Millie), retired from Civil Service there having worked many years in the A.G. Printing Plant building adjacent to the marina. Growing up, she was able to take my sister and me to the outdoor pool at the Chamberlin. I played many pick-up basketball games at the Y.M.C.A., played tennis and soccer at the Fort, went to the beach, toured the Casemate Museum and the Coast Artillery emplacements, watched July 4th fireworks, attended an Army National Guard function at the Officer’s Club, and attended a wedding reception at the Chamberlin. My father taught me to swim in the Chamberlin’s indoor pool. Great memories, all.

Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center

Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center

African Arrival Commemoration and Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center Dedication

To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in English North America, the 2019 Commemoration presents a ceremony with hosts Fort Monroe Authority (FMA) and the National Park Service (NPS). The Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center project involves the renovation of the former Coast Artillery School Library at Fort Monroe and the addition of two wings. The galleries will tell the profound stories of Captain John Smith, the arrival of the first enslaved Africans and the culmination of 242 years of slavery as the first contrabands came to Fort Monroe to receive their emancipation. Additional activities at Fort Monroe during the weekend will include a remembrance ceremony, historical tours, cultural demonstrations, and a concert.


Dominion Energy is the presenting partner of the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center.

Click below to download the 1/26/17 presentation.