• Aerial View of Fort Monroe National Monument

    Fort Monroe

    National Monument Virginia

Frequently Asked Questions

What is there to do at Fort Monroe National Monument right now?
Fort Monroe National Monument is a new national park unit that is open for outdoor activities like walking and exploring the grounds. Over the next few years, the park will develop programming and facilities will be opened. The future of the park will be shaped through a public planning process. Currently, most facilities and programming are operated through our partners.

Fort Monroe Authority: http://www.fmauthority.com/
Fort Monroe Casemate Museum (U.S. Army): http://www.monroe.army.mil/Monroe/sites/installation/museum/Casemate_Museum.aspx
City of Hampton: http://www.hampton.gov/fort_monroe/

When can I expect the national monument to have a full schedule of programming?
A full schedule of programming will take a few years and will be influenced by the public planning process, but look for limited programming to happen in the next several months.

Is the whole Fort Monroe Peninsula part of the national monument?
No. The national monument is comprised of 325 acres -90 acres concentrated around the fort including: Building #1, the original fort headquarters and oldest non-fortification structure;Building #17, quarters once occupied by Lt. Robert E. Lee's young family; Building #50, the historic engineer's quarters; Casemate #22; the Parade Ground; and 235 acres of the North Beach area.

Other facilities are operated by partners. The Army will continue to operate the Casemate Museum and the Fort Monroe Authority is the contact for organized recreation activities.

I have ideas for Fort Monroe. How can I participate in the planning process?
Check back at this site. Local news and media outlets will also provide notices about information, updates, and ways you can participate in the planning process. There will be public meetings and comments will be solicited online as well.

Do I need to bring identification to see the monument?
No.

What makes the Fort Monroe story important in American History?
Fort Monroe National Monument spans the American story from the 17th to the 21st centuries: Captain John Smith's journeys, a haven of freedom for the enslaved during the Civil War, and a bastion of defense for the Chesapeake Bay.

What is the difference between and national park and a national monument?
Park units have different designations depending on the type of park or a description of its resources. The names are created in the Congressional legislation authorizing the sites or by the President of the United States who proclaims most national monuments with the authority granted in the 1906 Antiquities Act. In 1970, Congress elaborated on the 1916 National Park Service Organic Act, saying all units of the system have equal legal standing in a national system.

How can I get information on the Fort Monroe National Historic Landmark District?
Fort Monroe was designated as a National Historic Landmark District December 19, 1960. For more information, you can click on the link to read the NHL nomination: http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=691&ResourceType=District

Did You Know?

Fort Monroe Aerial View

From lessons learned in the War of 1812, the US built a network of forts for seacoast defense called the Third System. Fort Monroe was the first and largest of these forts and named for President James Monroe.