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CANCELLED-Special Event: Garrison Life at Fort Monroe: 1864

March 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am – March 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Parade Ground
Park Ranger Aaron Firth

This event has been cancelled.

Garrison Life at Fort Monroe: 1864

Experience the sights and sounds of the American Civil War garrison of Fort Monroe in 1864. Events begin at 9 am on Saturday, March 28th with the raising of Morning Colors at the Flagstaff Bastion. Black powder firing demonstrations throughout the weekend highlighting Artillery, Cavalry, and Infantry concluding at 3 pm on Sunday, March 29th with Retreat – Evening Colors. Other activities can include historical exhibits, doctors, undertakers, coffin makers, blacksmiths, civilians, ladies, generals, command headquarters staff, field music, and more.

Upholding the traditions of garrison life, join us on Sunday, March 29th at 10 am in the historic Chapel of the Centurion for a historically based “Church Call” (Sunday service.) The Chapel of the Centurion was built in 1858 and named for the Roman centurion Cornelius, the first reported to convert to Christianity. The importance of faith was significant to many service men at Fort Monroe during the Civil War.

Public parking – is available and visitors should follow direction signs to Outlook Beach Parking Lot for this event. An information booth will be available, nearby, outside East Gate for program details and daily schedule.

Effective immediately and in accordance with federal, state, and local orders, Fort Monroe is restricting access to certain outdoor amenities and activities. 

Areas of closures and suspended activities/amenities include:

  • Beaches—access will only be allowed for walking or exercising. 
    No sunbathing, swimming, or gathering in groups will be allowed.
  • All basketball courts and playground areas are now closed
  • Fishing piers at Engineer Wharf and Finger Pier are closed. 
  • All public programs and tours scheduled through June 10, 2020 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
  • Old Point Comfort Marina

These steps are being taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 and to protect public health. 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 also 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.