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My Favorite Home as a Child

I loved living on Ft. Monroe. We lived on post at 96 Ingalls Rd. from 1978-1981, which included the last year Ft. Monroe Elementary School was open. I loved walking or biking around the moat to the school; getting on the bus to go to Bassett for two years was not nearly as much fun. We spent a lot of time at the Scout Hut for Girl Scouts and at the Casemate Museum, where my mom was a docent. My favorite place on post by far was the band gazebo and sea wall by the Chamberlain Hotel. I used to walk down there to watch ships come in and go out, especially from Norfolk Naval Station. If I could tolerate the summers, I’d find a way to move back to Ft. Monroe when I retire—not to relive my childhood, but to keep building experiences in an amazing place full of history.

BUT: even though I had 4th grade Virginia history in a classroom 1/4 mile down the coast from Old Point Comfort (if that), I was in my 30s before I discovered its link to the sale and purchase of human beings in the slave trade. I consider that a sad commentary on our inability to address the worst aspects of our American heritage.

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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.