• 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

Hampton University can trace its existence to the American Missionary Association and Mary S. Peake, its first Black Teacher. Peake taught former slaves encamped for protection near Fort Monroe and had previously defied Virginia law to teach slaves to read and write.