Hampton is celebrating after President Obama officially named historic Fort Monroe a National Historic Monument. Honoring Fort Monroe's significance this way is a testament to Fort Monroe's history, its influence on American Civil Rights, and serves as a shining example of conservation of our nation's historic resources. Support has been expressed to the White House by many Hampton, Coastal Virginia and state representatives, all determined to see Fort Monroe succeed under the leadership of the National Park Service and the Fort Monroe Authority.
What's the best way you can show your support during this transition? Visit!
There are many ways to explore the largest stone fort ever built in the U.S. and the 400-year history of the site traced since the first colonists' arrival in 1607. But for starters, go to Fort Monroe. Drive across one of the stone fort's sallieports to enter the 63 acres within the fort walls. Park at the Casemate Museum and begin your discovery. The Casemate Museum is open daily from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm, is free, and is a great showcase of the fort's history. Take a walking tour with a brochure or via iPod Tour. The Discover Hampton iPod Tour provides a multimedia interpretation of Fort Monroe with historic images, entertaining interviews, and period music.
The Fort Monroe Geocache Hunt is a fun way to familiarize yourself with Old Point Comfort History and you get a prize when you complete the puzzle! Call the Hampton Visitor Center at 800-800-2202, 727-1102, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the Fort Monroe Hunt.