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?
From lessons learned in the War of 1812, the U.S. 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.