Construction of this island fortress was directed by Robert E. Lee. Dating to 1819, it played important roles in the Civil War and in both World Wars, bearing witness to the battle of the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. The fort was also a favorite escape of Andrew Jackson.
The City of Hampton operated the historic fort as a park and historic attraction for years. However, it is now closed to tours & civilians. Fort Wool may still be featured on tours as you boat by, such as Hampton Roads Harbor Tours.