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Fort Monroe National Monument

41 Bernard Road

Fort Monroe National Monument spans the American story through the 21st century: American Indian presence, Captain John Smith's journeys, a safe haven for freedom seekers during the Civil War, and a bastion of defense for the Chesapeake Bay. A public planning process will determine future public services and programming at this new national park with a centuries-old tradition.


Allie Genia

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
What a breathtaking site. My love and I spent the weekend bopping around different historical sites, with this one being one of the ones to cap off our trip. We made a great decision by coming here! The entire (peninsula? island?) is absolutely gorgeous - we didn't get a chance to explore every area but just by driving around we could see walkways and beaches being enjoyed by people. This area is truly gorgeous and I'm a little sad we didn't spend more time here! Our visit mainly focused on the fort itself, however. We arrived first thing in the morning and walked around a little bit outside before the museum opened. It opened a little early and we were welcomed inside by the security guard. This was a really great experience as well! The exhibits and information stretch back from the earliest contacts on the beach and up through the final military postings from the last few years. There's a lot of love that goes into the presentation of the information and conservation efforts; my favorite is when places like this discuss the conservation work they're doing by highlighting some of the technology or exhibit arrangement decisions they make in the building. We had to get going to beat a bit of traffic, but this place is more than worth multiple visits. I'd highly recommend this place if you're at all interested in military history, colonial history, or beautiful scenery.

Kelvin Bailey

Friday, June 29, 2018
Plenty of space, history, a fort, a pier, a boardwalk, and plenty of beaches. What more can you ask for? I love to bring food and have fun with my good friends at this place. They also have a recreation center and paddle boats. We had our family reunion here, and we loved it.

Laura W

Sunday, June 10, 2018
I was there for the Music by the Bay concert series held every Thursday night at the bandstand by the Chamberlain Hotel. I have not been in the fort proper but have been told it's a great walking tour. I have been to the beach on the property. It was clean and peaceful in early May when we took a dog out there before the summer dog restriction.

Spiritual Soldier

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Beautiful and very peaceful! Found a spot near the water to hear the waves crash and just meditate. Very nice for swimming too. The kids love it!


Sunday, July 1, 2018
A unique historical site! It's not every day you see a pre-approval civil war for with a moat. There's also a great view from stop the wall, a historic light house, and a museum.

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