• Aerial View of Fort Monroe National Monument

    Fort Monroe

    National Monument Virginia

Freedom's Fortress

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.

Did You Know?

Fort Monroe Aerial View

The Grand Contraband Camp, founded in 1861 outside of Fort Monroe as a safe haven for fomerly enslaved people, was one of the nation's first self-contained African American communities and had schools, churches, businesses, and financial and social institutions.