Special Event: Garrison Life at Fort Monroe
Fort Monroe National Monument
Fort Monroe, VA 23651
Garrison Life at Fort Monroe
Experience the sights and sounds of the American Civil War garrison at Fort Monroe. Events begin at 9 am on Saturday, March 24th with Morning Colors at the Flagstaff Bastion. See Soldiers train and drill on the Parade Ground! Black powder firing demonstrations throughout the weekend highlighting Artillery, Cavalry, and Infantry concluding at 3 pm on Sunday, March 25th. Other activities can include historical exhibits, doctors, ladies, generals, and Retreat – Evening Colors.
Upholding the traditions of garrison life, join us on Sunday, March 25th 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.
Access to the Parade Ground – will be restricted to pedestrians during the day, please enter the Parade Ground from East Gate and near Quarters No. 1. Sentries will be posted during firing demonstrations, for reasons of safety, please follow their instructions.
Black powder firing demonstrations can be loud. Visitors are encouraged to plan ahead and bring hearing protection for your party and to remember that “Fido’s” hearing is much better than our’s.