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My First Home

My life literally started at Ft. Monroe as I was born in the old post hospital. L&D was in the attic! When our father retired from the Army in 1962 we returned to Hampton to live; it was my mother’s childhood home. Her father, Daniel Allen Anthony, was the post engineer at Ft. Monroe in the 30’s and 40’s and helped save some of the old gun batteries during his tenure. Also he built the first Officer’s Beach Club- it was a log structure intended only to be used during the summer. The original fireplace is still part of the current building. As a teen I attended Girl Scouts meetings in one of the case mates, spent almost every summer day either at the Beach Club or Dog Beach, and attended many 4th of July concerts and fireworks displays. Even though I never physically live at Ft. Monroe, in my heart it is as much my home as any place I’ve ever lived.

– Ann Bartley Pinner

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