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.
President Obama signs the proclamation
See this short video clip of President Obama signing the proclamation to designate Fort Monroe National Monument.Read More
Fort Monroe is National Historic Landmark in 1960
Fort Monroe is the largest stone fort built in the United States. Construction took 15 years; beginning in 1819 and it was completed in 1834.Read More
Fort Monroe Authority - Events
Programs and events at Fort Monroe are presented through a collaboration of the United States Army, Fort Monroe Authority, and National Park Service.Read More
Get to Know Robert E. Lee
As a young engineer fresh from West Point, Robert E. Lee helped to build Fort Monroe.Read More
Trading Cards for Kids
Discover more than 500 stories about America’s journey from the Civil War to Civil Rights. View online or visit this park to collect your own copies.Read More
Did You Know?
At one time military families who lost beloved pets while stationed at Fort Monroe could bury their animal companions in a pet cemetery on the top of the fort walls. Today this closed cemetery is the final resting place for over 400 military pets and War Dogs.